Tell Trudeau: RCMP out of Wet’suwet’en territory and meet with the leaders face-to-face.

Stand with the Wet’suwet’en

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly said that “No relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous Peoples.” [1].

Actions speak louder than words.

Last week, the RCMP forcibly removed and arrested Indigenous Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs from their own lands, to push through a fracked gas pipeline, Coastal GasLink.

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have not given their consent for the pipeline to run through their unceded territory, to which they have title [2]. Yet, the project is being pushed through anyways.

The BC and federal governments have failed to respect human rights and uphold Indigenous law, forcing the Wet'suwet'en, Indigenous Land Defenders and people across the country to take extraordinary, peaceful measures of conscience.

Now, as governments drag their heels, the situation is escalating. We need to de-escalate the tensions. The only way to do this, is for the RCMP to immediately leave Wet’suwet’en territory completely. The government must then meet with Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders face to face and respect the rule of law — Wet’suwet’en law.

We need you to call on the federal government to act immediately to resolve the situation by ensuring RCMP units are completely withdrawn from Wet'suwet'en territory and Wet'suwet'en laws and demands are respected.

Just enter your information in the box on the right, and click “Call the Prime Minister Now”, and use the talking points below to guide you.

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Talking points

  • Prime Minister Trudeau you have repeatedly said “No relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous Peoples.”
  • I’m calling to ask that your government uphold that commitment, by respecting Wet’suwet’en law, by meeting with Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders face to face and completely removing the RCMP from Wet’suwet’en territory to immediately de-escalate tensions in the region and so talks can begin.
  • I was horrified and ashamed when heavily-armed RCMP officers forcibly removed Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs from their own territory last week.
  • All five Clans of the Wet’suwet’en have said no to this project. Coastal GasLink’s proposed pipeline does not have free, prior, and informed consent from the Wet’suwet’en.
  • Prime Minister Trudeau, it’s time to live up to your commitments and write a new story that can actually lead to Indigenous reconciliation and climate solutions.

Tips

  • Be polite and respectful — our complaints are with the Premiere’s leadership, not the staff.

  • As long as you are accurate and honest in your statements you don’t need to memorize all the facts and figures. Speak from your heart as a concerned member of the public.