Solidarity Statement in support of Unist’ot’en Camp and the Wet’suwet’en Nation:
The Kamloops-Thompson Teachers’ Association affirms our solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation and call upon the governments of BC and Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Coastal GasLink Pipeline to end their legacy of colonization and to respect the position taken by the Wet’suwet’en hereditary Chiefs. The Wet’suwet’en people have never ceded sovereignty and jurisdiction to the lands they have governed and stewarded for thousands of years. All five clans of the Wetsuwet’en Nation have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals. Forcibly removing peaceful land defenders from their traditional unceded lands is in violation of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, a charter both BC and Canada have affirmed. Further, we demand that the governments of BC and Canada uphold the rule of law in the Supreme Court Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa decision of 1997 acknowledging Wetsuwet’en title. At this historic moment, Kamloops and Thompson teachers stand in support of Wetsuwet’en sovereignty and the return of their land.