I am forever indebted to the Unist’ot’en Camp and to all the elders, matriarchs, and land defenders who granted me access and welcomed me to their beautiful and unceded lands and territories (yintah).
Unist’ot’en Camp is a revolutionary and healing vision for the world we need – one that is rooted in deep ancestral knowledge of the land and its stewardship, in affirmation of Indigenous laws and governance, in the dignity and resilience of a clan and nation that is rightfully and righteously protecting their lands and waters for future generations.
At the Camp, I heard stories from elders about hunting, fishing and trapping on the yintah, about the shrinking habitats for the four-legged and winged creatures, about taking seriously our collective responsibilities to one another and the land. The Unist’ot’en Camp has profoundly moved and shaped who I am and who I want to be as a future ancestor, shukriya
words: Harsha Walia
photos: Aaron Lakoff