Tyendinaga Mohawks continue to block trains near Belleville, Ont

Tyendinaga rail blockade day 4. Photo: Real Peoples Media/Facebook.

Mohawk protesters continue to block trains along two of VIA Rail’s busiest routes in Ontario.

The blockade was organized by the Tyendinaga Mohawks in support of Wet’suwet’en land defenders in British Columbia who are resisting a Coastal Gaslink pipeline. The RCMP have been enforcing a court injunction and several arrests have made since Thursday, as they dismantle encampments in Wet’suwet’en territory.

The Mohawk protesters took over the tracks Thursday night, near Belleville, Ont.

According to Global News, VIA Rail cancelled 18 of its trains on Sunday, affecting service between Toronto and Montreal, as well as Toronto and Ottawa in both directions.

A CN Railway line was also blocked along the corridor east of Toronto.

CN Rail has obtained a court injunction to remove the protesters from the site.

The Tyendinaga Mohawks say no trains will pass through their lands until the RCMP gets out of Wet’suwet’en territory.

Ontario provincial police say they’re continuing to monitor the demonstration.

On Saturday, Wet’suwet’en supporters in Toronto blocked freight trains near Dupont Street and Bartlett Avenue and momentarily halted GO Transit trains on the Barrie line.

RCMP Harassment at Gidimt’en Checkpoint (VIDEO)

WATCH: RCMP Harassment at 39KM Checkpoint

January 30, RCMP attempted to enter the Gidimt’en supply and monitoring post, attempting to walk in to our camp which is outside of the injunction area. Police have undertaken a daily harassment and surveillance campaign against our supporters, and have even threatened to arrest those monitoring the road. While RCMP have publicly stated they will stand down for 7 days while our Chiefs speak with the Province of British Columbia, they continue to harass and threaten us daily.

By: Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidimt’en Territory

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Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs Evict Coastal GasLink from Territory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Smithers, BC – Jan 4, 2020.

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs representing all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation have issued an eviction notice to the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline company. The eviction of CGL is effective immediately, and applies to “Camp 9A” on Dark House territory, as well as the neighbouring Gidimt’en, Tsayu, and Laksamshu clan territories. Hereditary chiefs have gathered on Gidimt’en and Gilseyhu territories to monitor the eviction.

Coastal Gaslink has violated the Wet’suwet’en law of trespass, and has bulldozed through our territories, destroyed our archaeological sites, and occupied our land with industrial man-camps. Private security firms and RCMP have continually interfered with the constitutionally protected rights of Wet’suwet’en people to access our lands for hunting, trapping, and ceremony.

Canada’s courts have acknowledged in Delgamuukw-Gisdaywa v. The Queen that the Wet’suwet’en people, represented by our hereditary chiefs, have never ceded nor surrendered title to the 22,000km2 of Wet’suwet’en territory. The granting of the interlocutory injunction by BC’s Supreme Court has proven to us that Canadian courts will ignore their own rulings and deny our jurisdiction when convenient, and will not protect our territories or our rights as Indigenous peoples.

Anuc ‘nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en law) is not a “belief” or a “point of view”. It is a way of sustainably managing our territories and relations with one another and the world around us, and it has worked for millennia to keep our territories intact. Our law is central to our identity. The ongoing criminalization of our laws by Canada’s courts and industrial police is an attempt at genocide, an attempt to extinguish Wet’suwet’en identity itself.

We reaffirm that Anuc ‘nu’at’en remains the highest law on Wet’suwet’en land and must be respected. We have always held the responsibility and authority to protect our unceded territories. Protection of our yintah (traditional territories) is at the heart of Anuc ‘nu’at’en, and we will practice our laws for the future generations.

The Wet’suwet’en have always controlled access to our territories. At Unist’ot’en Village, a Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) protocol has been practiced over the past ten years whenever access to the territory is requested by someone outside of Dark House membership. Dark House has not been able to implement this protocol since the enforcement of the interim injunction in January 2019. This protocol aligns Wet’suwet’en law with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which guarantees Indigenous peoples the right to obtain free, prior, and informed consent for development on our territories.

We expect Coastal GasLink to peacefully comply with our eviction notice, and ask that British Columbia uphold its commitment to implement UNDRIP and instruct RCMP to respect our rights and refrain from interference in Wet’suwet’en law.

Media Coordinator
Jennifer Wickham, Gidimt’en Clan – yintahaccess@gmail.com
(778) 210-0067


Photo credit: Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidimt’en Territory