Wet´suwet´en -kansan maaoikeuksien puolustaminen ei ole rikos

Wet´suwet´en -kansan maaoikeuksien puolustaminen ei ole rikos

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Vaadin, että Kanadan hallitus

• Luopuu välittömästi Coastal GasLink -kaasuputken vastustajiin kohdistamistaan rikossyytteistä

• Luopuu Wet’suwet’enien alueen halkaisevan Coastal GasLink -kaasuputken rakentamisesta, ellei hankkeelle saada Wet’suwet’en -yhteisön edustajien vapaata ja tietoon perustuvaa ennakkosuostumusta. 

• Lopettaa myös muut laajamittaiset maankäyttöhankkeet alkuperäiskansojen alueilla, jos hankkeille ei ole saatu vapaata ja tietoon perustuvaa ennakkosuostumusta.  

Tietosuojaperiaatteemme.

Respect Indigenous Rights on Wet’suwet’en Territory 

Dear Premier Eby and Attorney General Sharma:

Wet’suwet’en land defenders and Hereditary Chiefs have never consented to the Coastal GasLink pipeline project on their ancestral and unceded territory. Allowing construction to proceed without their free, prior, and informed consent disregards their right to self-determination and to decide what economic development takes place on their traditional territory.

The Canadian police (RCMP) have arrested dozens of land defenders during the enforcement of an injunction obtained by the pipeline company. People who have taken action to defend the land from the pipeline should not be criminalized for their activities since the construction should have never begun. Amnesty International raised concerns regarding these incidents with the pipeline company via letters sent and meetings held throughout 2022 and 2023, and received broad responses that did not address specific allegations.

I urge you to:

  • Immediately drop the charges against the criminalized land defenders who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline;
  • Stop construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline that is cutting through Wet’suwet’en land without the consent of the traditional and federally recognized leaders;
  • Stop pursuing other megaprojects on Indigenous territories without genuinely consulting with and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples.

Sincerely,