Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Subchief, Howilhkat (Freda Huson), makes it very clear that Coastal GasLink will never be welcome to build a pipeline crossing the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s unceded traditional territory. But government and Coastal Gaslink remain adamant that the pipeline will go through, legality and morality be damned. The stand taken by Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs has therefore become become a “David versus Goliath” battle, with industry supporters speaking only of money, and the Wet’suwet’en speaking of things that money cannot buy, such as life, respect, freedom, and the future.
What Part Of No Do You NOT Understand?
During a 25-minute interview in Smithers, B.C., Howilhkat told the Globe and Mail, “It would be just like if I was trying to sell you a vacuum and I asked you, ‘Do you want to buy this vacuum?’ and you said ‘no’, but I pushed your door open. You don’t just keep pushing, or go find the neighbors to approve a project for somebody else’s land. They’ve got dollar signs in their eyes.” And she reminds the public that like the Pontifical Swiss Guard has protected the Pope and the Vatican’s treasures for centuries, Unist’ot’en warriors have protected their nation and its treasures, but for much, much longer. Howilhkat told the Globe and Mail, “Unist’ot’en means people of the headwaters. We’ve protected the headwaters since time immemorial, and we’re still protecting the headwaters today.”
A David Versus Goliath Battle Unfolds
Now this old fart thinks that the Wet’suwet’en protectors have found themselves thrown into what may well be the first official battle of World War III. A war where people find themselves in a fight to live against corporations who fight to profit from producing poisons causing death. And, I reckon that it’s a battle that’s been brewing for a very long time. But this war will be far more than the rich against the poor, or the powerful against the weak, it’ll be a war for profit declared by industries too blind to realize that instead of killing an ‘enemy’, they’re literally killing their own customers. Thus, the worst possible outcome for corporations will be to win.
Something that really gets my goat about all this, is that it seems all major media repetitively states, “The natural gas pipeline project has been approved by ‘all 20 elected First Nation councils’ along the route, but a group of Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs has led a vocal campaign to oppose it”, And they repeat it again, and again, and again, almost to the point of stuttering. You see, the pipeline was NOT approved by all those on all councils, in fact it was only approved by the slimmest majority in many cases, and likely for some right slimey reasons as well. Regardless, the legal reality is that Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are the legal land owners according to the Supreme Court of Canada, not government imposed ‘band councils’, and the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have said no to the destruction of their land by pipelines for a very long time.
Is Major Media Inciting Racial Hate?
On a closing note, something that I personally find disgusting is how them same darn media outlets all have ‘commenting policies’ for their websites, policies that ban racist and hate rants, yet there they are, jewels like found on the Globe and Mail that state, “Do you vacuum a teepee?” and “Sounds like there’s more chiefs than bannock at a pow-wow.” Is it because the media no longer cares, or because they feed from it and want to sensationalize the subsequent splatter of bloodlust? Regardless of how or why it’s happened, media’s allowed itself to become a voice for racism and those who incite hate, and I think that they should hang their damn heads in shame.
Dang decidedly deaf…
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