Fundraiser: Stop the pipelines! Heal the land! Heal the people!

Help us realize our goal of healing the people to heal the land. Unist’ot’en Camp is fundraising to continue stopping pipelines and building a healing center. Click here to donate.

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Volunteers on the roof of our healing center.

From our fundraiser: “Stand in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en Clan and their commitment to stopping all fossil fuel pipelines and to healing and decolonization. Their Territory is located about half way between Prince George and Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia. Numerous bitumen and fracked gas pipelines are proposed to cross this land. The Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline may or may not be stopped. But industry and government are also pushing ahead with several fracked gas pipelines. (The life cycle carbon footprint of fracked gas is similar to that of tar sands bitumen.)

Many people first get involved with the Unist’ot’en Camp because their stance is clear – there will be no pipelines built on this land. But they soon realize that the Camp is much more than this. It is a place of learning, of healing, of connecting with nature, of breaking with the legacy of colonization.

For seven years now the Unist’ot’en Camp has stood as a bastion against fossil fuel pipelines – no pipeline work has been allowed on their Territory.  The  Camp also continues to develop as a healing community with an all season bunk house, a permaculture garden and an under construction  Healing Lodge.

The Unist’ot’en Healing Lodge ​will have indigenous youth as its main focus. With the generous support of people like you, the kitchen and dining hall are already complete and being used every day. This Spring, Phase Two, containing counselling and meeting rooms, has been partially constructed. Now we need to raise the funds to complete this part of the Lodge including the heating system and the expansion of the solar electric system.

Can you dig deep? 

This is the front-line – this is where Indigenous people and allies are standing together right now – and you can be part of this.

If you oppose the climate destroying fossil fuel industry – then stand with the Unist’ot’en. Donate now!

If you are committed to Indigenous land and sovereignty rights – then stand with the Unist’ot’en. Donate now!

If you appreciate the connection between healing the land and healing the people – then stand with the Unist’ot’en. Donate now!

As long as the Unist’ot’en Camp stands, no pipelines can be built.

Unist’ot’en Youth Mural Camp is coming up fast. Register now!

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If you have Indigenous Youth who are talented budding Artists check this out! We have a 2 week camp being planned which will bring together notable Northwest Coast Artists (for a 50 foot and 20 foot wall mural, Interpretive Signs, Replica Bentwood boxes…), Gifted Psychiatrists & Counselors specializing in Youth Mental Wellness, Wonderful Wet’suwet’en Language Teachers, Talented Western Artists, Visionary Documentary Film Makers (Filming and Editing), Creative Crafts People, and Amazing Comic Designers.

This is worth sharing and registering for. You can register here.

The availability of seats may soon become limited so get organizing and register yourselves or the Youth in your community now!

Our 7th Annual Action Camp is Approaching Fast. Register Now

Action Camp is always the biggest event of the year at Unist’ot’en Camp with supporters joining together from near and far to share knowledge, participate in decolonization workshops and skill shares, meet like minded people from across Turtle Island, and help out with permaculture gardening or ongoing construction projects. For newcomers, this is a great introduction to the Wet’suwet’en land and people.

Our 7th Annual Action Camp will run from July 13th to 17th. Please set the dates aside and register on the Unist’ot’en Solidarity Brigade web page.

Early registration for Summer Action Camp with the Unist’ot’en Solidarity Brigade is $50.00.  See the Donate page for ways to pay your fee. If you arrive at the Camp without registering in advance the fee will be $75.00  The hosts have set these different amounts to ensure they have an accurate count of how many to expect.

There are camping sites to prepare, food to gather, workshops to plan. Registering and paying in advance is a good way to demonstrate your responsibility and respect for the land and its people.

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs’ Statement Against TransCanada

On June 13, 2016 the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs interrupted  the “Wet’suwet’en Matrilineal Coalition” meeting with Transcanada  on Laksilyu territory.

This illegitimate collaboration with industry is in opposition to the  authority of the hereditary chiefs who oppose pipeline projects.

The company called the “Wet’suwet’en Matrilineal Coalition” was created without consultation, in contradiction of the Wet’suwet’en governance system, by individuals who lack the proper authority.

Katie Scott of the provincial Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and Liquified Natural Gas officials departed immediately upon learning the Hereditary Chiefs were about to enter the hall, before traditional invitations could be extended for a Feast that will be held at the Moricetown Multiplex on June 30, 2016.

Contact Office of Wet’suwet’en for more information http://www.wetsuweten.com

Healing Center Update and Photos

The 3rd Annual Construction Camp was a tremendous success! Sne Kyalh Yah (we are grateful for all of your assistance in our time if need) to everyone who contributed financially, physically, and spiritually through prayers and ceremonies. We are not done yet and will continue to ask for help from all of you good people. As the camp work is demanding, it is appreciated when loving and caring people tag out those who’ve been out here for a while.

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With the help of so many amazing people working in different ways – from carpenters to cooks making delicious meals – Phase II of our Healing Center Project is moving along quite well. Currently the roof is finished, the insulation is almost all in place, the windows are almost all installed, the electrical is all routed into place, the plumbing is all laid out and the sealant is all completed for the concrete flooring.

The roof goes up on the Healing Centre's Phase 2
The roof goes up on the Healing Centre’s Phase 2
Freda Huson with Unist'ot'en Head Chief Knedebeas
Unist’ot’en Spokesperson Freda Huson with Chief Knedebeas
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Part of our construction team

It’s is an impressive addition funded by beautiful people such as yourselves who understand and believe in grassroots movements. You all make stopping pipelines possible.

Concrete poured at the beginning of construction camp
Concrete poured at the beginning of construction camp

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In addition to the Healing Centre, we’ve also made big improvements to the permaculture garden as a result of hard work and expert knowledge. An early spring this year has already provided us with greens and rhubarb.

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Covering the pithouse roof

The pithouse roof has now been completed, and has been planted with good soil and seeded with grasses. It should soon be absorbing water, keeping us cool in the hot weather, and warm in the winter.

Our Dene brother from Arizona helps build our home.
Our Dene brother from Arizona helps build our home.
Hard workers on the fully covered pithouse
Hard workers on the fully covered pithouse

Industry is planning their next steps to undermine our hereditary authority on our lands and trespass where they think they can get away with it.

We are continuing to build up Unist’ot’en Camp as a healing place for our Wet’suwet’en people and as a leading example of living with respect for the land. We are fundraising to finish the Healing Center and expand our solar power system so that we can live fossil fuel free.

Please consider supporting Unist’ot’en Camp financially, or sharing this link in your social networks.

As always, we are looking for good people to stand with us in our campaign to stop fracking and tar sands pipelines in their place. If you are interested in coming to support, sign up here.

Stop the pipelines, start the healing! Help us fundraise for phase 2 of our Healing Centre

Now’s the time! Spring is coming to the north and it’s construction season at Unist’ot’en Camp. The main Healing Centre building is finished and we’re starting construction of the second wing next month. Calling all supporters to take part however you can!

Please share this fundraising link in your communities and social networks: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/d11tq5/ab/a2BcQb

Spring construction camp, 2015. Photo by Michael Toledano.
Spring construction camp, 2015. Photo by Michael Toledano.

April: Unist’ot’en Camp Speaking Tour in ‘USA’

The Unist’ot’en Camp is an ongoing non-violent occupation of Unceded Unist’ot’en territory that started in 2009. As it stands, the camp is preventing the construction of a massive pipeline corridor that would allow further expansion of the tar sands and fracking industry in Northern B.C.

Freda Huson, camp spokesperson, and Dini Ze Toghestiy will be speaking about their experiences with the camp, fighting for indigenous sovereignty and resisting fossil fuel expansion, as they tour the “USA” side of the Pacific Northwest, raising funds for the next phase of their 100% grassroots funded and built Healing Lodge and promoting their spring building camp, beginning in May.

You won’t want to miss out on this rare chance to hear these amazing activists speak and to meet them in person.

APRIL 11 – Bellingham, Washington. Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/469367436605054/

APRIL 13 – Olympia, Washington. Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/800907250014185/

APRIL 15 – Duwamish Longhouse, Seattle, Washington. Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1522949761347603/

 

Coming up in May: The 4th Annual Unist’ot’en Spring Construction Camp

Volunteers build the roof of Unist'ot'en Camp's healing lodge at our spring construction camp, 2015. Photo by Michael Toledano
Volunteers build the roof of Unist’ot’en Camp’s healing lodge at our spring construction camp, 2015. Photo by Michael Toledano

This year Unist’ot’en Camp will be hosting the 4th Annual Spring Construction Camp from May 16 to June 3, 2016. In our drive to continue to nurture this Yintah into becoming more and more a place of healing we are asking for volunteers to come up and assist in putting up infrastructure.

You will have an opportunity to meet many new and amazing friends, share skills that you have, learn new and practical skills, and of course leave your mark behind in one of the most notable places of Resistance and Decolonization.

The following is the list of projects that we have planned for this year:

HEALING LODGE: Phase 2 of the Healing Lodge will be going up this year. This is the center pod of the overall design and will be connected to the Eastern Wing which was built last Spring. It will House the main offices, the reception area, and a large group meeting/workshop space.

ROOT CELLAR: Last Year the root cellar was redesigned because of dampness and structural issues and it was rebuilt until the roof was put on. This Year We’d like to see it finished.

FREDA AND TOGHESTIY’S PIT HOUSE: Last Year’s Healing Lodge Project sapped all energy and efforts to complete the Pit House project. This year We would like to have a work crew exclusively committed to completing this project. The main tasks include finishing the roof, adobe floors, interior designing/construction, a wood shed, and an outhouse.

PERMACULTURE GARDEN: We will need help in replanting beds that need attention, designing and installing an irrigation system, and expanding planting beds on the lower level.

BUNK HOUSE: some upgrades are needed to make this building more weather protected.

You are free to come early and help prep the sites and or stay longer to assist with final touch ups on the projects.

To Register please go to http://unistotensolidarity.com/

Financial Donations towards the materials costs can be made to https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/d11tq5

Learn more about this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/547487778758564/