Friday April 19, 2013
To M. Peter Lindley, Mme Bell and State Street Montréal,
On Tuesday, April 2nd 2013, we came to your office and spoke with Mrs. Bell about our concern for your involvement in the Pacific Trails Pipeline that crosses unceded Wet’suwet’en territory.
We write to you today to remind you that, as written by the Unis’tot’en camp members: Wet’suwet’en territory, which extends from Burns Lake to the Coastal Mountains, is sovereign territory which has never been ceded to the colonial Canadian state; the Wet’suwet’en are not under treaty with the Canadian government. Their territory, therefore, is and always will be free, and belongs to the Wet’suwet’en people alone.
Since July of 2010, the Wet’suwet’en have established a camp in the pathway of the Pacific Trails Pipeline. Likhts’amisyu hereditary chief Toghestiy states, “Unist’ot’en and Grassroots Wet’suwet’en have consistently stated that they will not allow such a pipeline to pass through their territory. The federal and provincial governments, as well as Indian Act tribal councils or bands, have no right or jurisdiction to approve development on Unist’ot’en lands. By consulting only with elected Indian Act tribal councils and bands, the Canadian government breaks its own laws as outlined in the 1997 Supreme Court of Canada Delgamuukw decision which recognizes Hereditary adjudication processes.”
Freda Huson, spokeswoman for the Unist’ot’en Clan, states: “Pacific Trails Pipeline does not have permission to be on our territory. This is unceded land. Through emails and in meetings, we have repeatedly said NO. Pacific Trail Pipeline’s proposed route is through two main salmon spawning channels which provide our staple food supply. We have made the message clear to Pacific Trails, Enbridge, and all of industry: We will not permit any pipelines through our territory.”
Our values of anti-oppression, decolonization and social justice bring us to join our voices and to act in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en. We ask, again, that you retract your investments in this unethical and illegal project. On the 2nd of April, Mrs. Bell mentioned she would forward the Unist’ot’en’s 28th of March 2013 letter to Chevron and its investors to your Boston group. We now request your confirmation of such doing. We also request an official response to our concerns.
Members of the Montreal Committee to Support the Unist’ot’en Clan
Climate Justice Montreal