“Our people’s belief is that we are part of the land. The land is not separate from us. The land sustains us. And if we don’t take care of her, she won’t be able to sustain us, and we as a generation of people will die.”
– Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en Hereditary Spokesperson
To say Canada has a long and complicated history with indigenous peoples is an understatement. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) reports released in 2015, were a start to educate Canadians about the toll colonialism has had on indigenous peoples. But this is not enough, Canadians need to learn how to listen and support them so that we can move towards reconciliation.
Right now, First Nations are trying to be heard. Across Canada they have united in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en heredity chiefs who oppose the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their territory in B.C. by setting up railway blockades. The blockades have hit the Canadian economy hard. It would appear that it takes A LOT to get Canada's attention.
But will Canadians finally listen?
How Can We Listen & Take Action to Show Our Support
Government is FINALLY Ready to Talk
Today, February 27th the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs are scheduled to meet with the B.C. provincial and federal governments...I hope the government has learned from past mistakes and their listening skills have improved.