The Canadian Federation of Students stands with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs who unanimously oppose all pipeline proposals and have not provided consent to Coastal GasLink to do work on their territory.

In addition, we condemn the violence being used by Coastal GasLink through the RCMP to intentionally and forcefully remove the rightful owners of this unceded land. As stated in Article 10 of the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Canada signed in 2010, “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.” 

We call on the Canadian government to respect the UNDRIP in full and respect Wet’suwet’en, Canadian and international law. We ask our members to support local Wet’suwet’en actions, write solidarity statements and educate their members through implementing parts of the Wet’suwet’en supporter tool kit. 

To access the Solidarity toolkit, click here:

To learn more about what’s happening on the land, screen “Invasion” here:

And read the following article, “The Settler Playbook: Understanding Responses to #ShutDownCanada in Historical Context” here:

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be found here (of note in this case are articles 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 32):

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