UPDATED: Indigenous Youth, Supported by Leadership, to Host Rally outside the BC Legislature on Throne Speech Day Calling for Province to Respect Wet’suwet’en Law and End the Violence

UPDATED MEDIA ADVISORY OF PRESS CONFERENCE (11:30am) AND RALLY:

Indigenous Youth, Supported by Leadership, to Host Rally outside the BC Legislature on Throne Speech Day Calling for Province to Respect Wet’suwet’en Law and End the Violence

WHAT:                 The RCMP are carrying out a violent raid on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory under Provincial and Federal watch to enforce Coastal GasLink’s injunction. Indigenous youth, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and allies including ENGOs, municipal, provincial and federal representatives will gather in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation.  Speakers will respond to the unlawful escalation of the RCMP and violations of Wet’suwet’en law and Indigenous rights taking place under the orders of the injunction. They will also address the lands and waters at stake, and the responsibilities and roles of the Province.

WHEN: February 11, 2020
9:00 a.m. Gather with the youth on the steps of the legislature
11:30 a.m. Press conference

WHERE: Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (ceremonial front entrance where Indigenous youth standing with the Wet’suwet’en have been occupying for five days)
501 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 2L8
Lekwungen Territories (Victoria)

Preliminary Speakers List:

● Sii-am Hamilton, Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en

● Kolin Sutherland-Wilson, Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en

● Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

● Chief Don Tom, Vice-President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

● Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

● Kakeka Thundersky - Indigenous Youth for Wet'suwet'en
● Caitlyn Vernon - campaigns director, Sierra Club

Media contact: ● Morgan Mowatt, morgan.mowatt@gmail.com, 250-802-3872

“There is no need to use police force at the Unist’ot’en camp. In the event the RCMP were to attempt it again, there would be even more public opposition. I never have and never will support heavy handed police tactics.”- Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, during an interview in 2016

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