The New Year is meant to be a time of celebration. A time of hope and renewal. But not so for the First Nation Wet’suwet’en, who are trying to stop the disastrous Coastal Gas Link pipeline being built on their unceded land in British Columbia.
Justin Trudeau’s Government is facing increasingy international condemnation for the treatment of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and their allies who are blockading the proposed 670-km Coastal Gas Link pipeline, which is being built on unceded First Nations’ land and despite scientists saying we cannot burn any more oil and gas.
You cannot be a climate leader and bankroll LNG expansion at the same time. And land defenders and climate organizers are getting ready to force an end to LNG if you don’t do it yourself.
According to the Star newspaper, a federal Canadian corporation might lend money to support the highly controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline, with a decision expected next week.
What is Trudeau willing to do? He has a choice. He can carry on the fossil fuel economy, and bludgeon First Nations rights in the process or he can de-escalate, de-carbonise and de-colonise.
You cannot bludgeon, beat, intimidate, and drag people in the name of prosperity and progress. You cannot use the same brutal violence akin to war, while at the same time speak soft soothing words of reconciliation or peace.
Canada may be helping put out the flames in Australia, but back home Trudeau is setting light to our climate.
“It’s somewhat frustrating and embarrassing that the UN has to chide the government of Canada and the provincial government with respect to what the rule of law is in this country in regard to Indigenous land rights, Indigenous human rights.”
“We are concerned for the safety of our residents and our dogs”