Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Who is behind solidarity action for Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs?

A grassroots campaign organized on social media, not large non-governmental organizations, is behind B.C. demonstrations in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, say people on the front lines.

This week, demonstrators blockaded the Port of Vancouver, the B.C. legislature and a CP Rail yard. They occupied Attorney General David Eby’s constituency office, shut down major intersections and a bridge in Vancouver, and picketed B.C. government buildings.

Similar actions are happening across Canada in response to the arrests of demonstrators and a standoff with RCMP at a Wet’suwet’en camp in northern B.C. over Coastal GasLink’s routing of a natural gas pipeline though traditional territory.

Natalie Knight, who helped organize Vancouver events including the port blockade and solidarity action Saturday at John Hendry Park, said many of the people behind the scenes are from a network of people who met as early as 2010 while protesting the Vancouver Olympics.

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