M4 Movement in Solidarity with the Indigenous Wet’suwet’en People of so-called Canada

From the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractivist Mining Model (M4), we join the international solidarity movement with the indigenous Wet’suwet’en people in Western Canada, who have faced new acts of violence from the Canadian government.

On Monday, January 7, the police, executing a court order issued in December 2018, arrived at the camp set up to stop the construction of a pipeline in their territory and 14 indigenous activists were arrested. In so doing, the company Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCananda, is stepping over the decision of local populations who do not support the exploitation of their land.

In a recently shared statement, the land defenders denounced the fact that “the indigenous Wet’suwet’en territory is under siege by Canadian state forces, who are working with TransCanada to force a pipeline through our territory”, stating that it is an “act of war” and a “violation of human rights, a siege, and an extension of the genocide that the Wet’suwet’en have survived since colonization began.”

As indigenous and campesino communities in Latin America, we know very well the actions of extractivist companies, who will use all sorts of tricks, criminalization, and direct violence to take control of the territories they want to exploit.

From our corner of the Americas, we send our support and solidarity for you to continue defending your territory, to keep setting an example for resistance and the construction of autonomy in the face of the aggressive extractivist model that strips us of our forms of life and violates the harmony of our communities.

We demand an end to the imposition of megaprojects and respect for the self-determination of indigenous people.

Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractivist Mining Model (M4)