Parents across the FOK network are joining calls for an immediate halt to RCMP raids and arrests of Wet’suwet’en land defenders and for the release of those arrested, including two journalists on assignment covering the events at the checkpoint. Up to date information on the situation can be found at Gidimt'en Checkpoint.
Here's a video with legal context on why and how hereditary chiefs and Indigenous land defenders are blocking this pipeline and evicting Coastal Gas Link from their territories.
Here are concrete actions parents and families can take on their own, with a group of friends, or collectively:
- Learn what's happening: visit the Gidimt'en checkpoint website and follow @yintah_access (IG) @Gidimten (Twitter) and @wetsuwetenstrong (FB). You can also watch Invasion - a documentary on this struggle released in 2019.
- Spread the word, using #WetsuwetenStrong #AllOutForWedzinKwa #ShutDownCanada #FreeSleydo #Wetsuweten.
- Share a statement of solidarity from yourself, your organization or group. Share it by email with [email protected] and with [email protected] to appear here. Here's an example - a 2020 statement from For Our Kids Montreal.
- Parents/grandparents in BC can join the BC For Our Kids teams by sending a letter to your provincial MLAs.
- Host or participate in a solidarity rally or action in your area
- Press banks to stop investing in and subsidizing pipelines - check out more info here
- Call on provincial and federal governments to stop subsidizing pipelines including the Coastal GasLink (CGL) and Trans Mountain, uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and invest instead in a just transition for those working for and impacted by fossil fuel industries - find your MP here
- Contact Coastal GasLink and demand they respect Indigenous rights and Wet'suwet'en law
- Donate in support of Wet'suwet'en land defenders, or host a fundraiser (see Solidarity Fundraising Protocols here).
- More actions suggested by Indigenous land defenders and check out the Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit 2020
"It's inconceivable that the BC government continues to resource the violent removal of Indigenous peoples from their traditional territories. And, they are doing so in the midst of BC's greatest reckoning on climate change - to make way for new fossil fuel infrastructure."
- Sally, FOK Sunshine Coast
"Parents are infuriated the B.C. government is using a climate disaster as cover to push through a pipeline on unceded Wet'suwet'en land."
- Jennifer, Babies for Climate Action New Westminster