Wet’suwet’en Chief offers solidarity to The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe south of the boarder
Thousands have been protesting in a standoff with authorities in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline south of the border.
It has reportedly resulted in arrests and accusations of brutality and dog attacks from security guards with the oil company, along with the recent denial from a federal US judge to halt the project.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are pushing to keep the Texas Energy Transfer Partners pipeline from running through their territory upriver from a water source.
Providing solidarity for the tribe, Chief Namoks with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en will be honouring them at tomorrow’s Headstone Feast in Moricetown.
“The lack of consultation, the fact that they’re protecting sacred burial sites…we’ve said in the past, if we wanted to do something in the cemeteries of one of the municipalities, we’d be arrested,” says Namoks, otherwise known as John Ridsdale.
He says he’ll be one of several chief involved in a photo shoot in full regalia for a show of visual solidarity to Standing Rock.
The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council say they’re also standing with the tribe in opposition to big oil projects.
“Our people have been fighting the same fight against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline for the last 10 years,” says Tribal Chief Terry Teegee.
“If there is one lesson we learned in this process was that Enbridge brought all of our indigenous nations together to protect the water in our territories.”