A local Indigenous protest in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs’ fight against the Coastal GasLink pipeline is planned for Valentine’s Day in Chilliwack.
Dubbed the “Sto:lo Day of Action in Support of Wet’suwet’en,” organizers are inviting all “Sto:lo warriors, elders, leaders, matriarchs, drummers, dancers and singers” to show up at Knight Road and the rail crossing at noon.
Organizers were asked by The Progress if the plan was to shut down the road and/or the rail line, but they had not yet responded by Tuesday afternoon.
That is, however, the likely plan given other similar protests in other communities including Vancouver and as afar away as Ontario all which held the message to protestors to shut down communities.
“We want to send a message in support of the Wet’suwa’ten [sic] Chiefs and their efforts to secure their territory against the impending pipeline,” according to a Facebook page dedicated to the protest.
“The organizers called for help from all Nations to shut down their towns to send a message to government – so that is what we are doing! By sending messages of support from our Leadership, prayers, and a collection of $ to send to their legal team – we can say we did what we could in solidarity with them.”
By 4 p.m. on Tuesday more than 130 responded to the Facebook invite that they would be attending.
This wouldn’t be the first time people gathered to support the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. In January 2019, a small crowd gathered at the courthouse earlier on in the conflict in Wet’suwet’en territory.
And last month there was a screening of the film Invasion at Evergreen Hall as part of an event entitled “All Eyes on Wet’suwet’en.”
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