NDP Grassroots Wet'suwet'en Statement

NDP Grassroots Wet'suwet'en Statement

JOIN more than 1400 NDP members, more than 30 riding associations, 10 former federal candidates, and people including: 

  • Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
  • NDP MP Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre)
  • NDP MP Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre)
  • NDP MP Lori Idlout (Nunavut)
  • Romeo Saganash
  • Joan Phillip
  • Avi Lewis
  • Anjali Appadurai
  • Angella MacEwen
  • Paul Taylor
  • Judy Rebick
  • Jay Woodruff

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JOIN more than 1400 NDP members, more than 30 riding associations, 10 former federal candidates, and people including: 

  • Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
  • NDP MP Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre)
  • NDP MP Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre)
  • NDP MP Lori Idlout (Nunavut)
  • Romeo Saganash
  • Joan Phillip
  • Avi Lewis
  • Anjali Appadurai
  • Angella MacEwen
  • Paul Taylor
  • Judy Rebick
  • Jay Woodruff

IN MEETING THE MOMENT

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Support Wet'suwet'en Land Defenders

As New Democrats, we are angered by the BC NDP government’s actions in Wet’suwet’en territory and distressed by the Federal NDP's response. 

We know many young activists in our party feel the same—and some are now tearing up their memberships.

​​Premier John Horgan has said that “free prior and informed consent is what everyone would expect of their neighbour and what we expect from those ...

As New Democrats, we are angered by the BC NDP government’s actions in Wet’suwet’en territory and distressed by the Federal NDP's response. 

We know many young activists in our party feel the same—and some are now tearing up their memberships.

​​Premier John Horgan has said that “free prior and informed consent is what everyone would expect of their neighbour and what we expect from those who want to do business in B.C.” 

We agree. But consent is meaningless if a “no” is answered by the barrel of a gun. 

The Wet’suwet’en land defenders are giving us an opportunity to change course: to be unequivocal in support for Indigenous rights and title and meet the challenge of the climate crisis by halting all new fossil fuel infrastructure.

The NDP is federated, which means that our provincial wings and federal party are bound in a single structure. What concerns one concerns all, and therefore every New Democrat has a moral obligation to speak out.

We uplift the words of the Young New Democrats of Quebec, and call on all party members to add their name to this statement.

These young members are on the right side of history.

The party should be too.

Signed by, 

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Jeunes néodémocrates du Québec
NDP MP Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre)
NDP MP Lori Idlout (Nunavut)
NDP MP Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre)
Romeo Saganash
Joan Phillip
Avi Lewis
Angella MacEwen
Anjali Appadurai
Paul Taylor
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Young New Democrats of Québec
November 24, 2021

We condemn in the strongest terms the militarized raid on the Gidimt'en Checkpoint and Coyote Camp by the RCMP on Wet'suwet'en territory, as authorized by Premier Horgan and the BCNDP government. These raids have resulted in the arrests of land defenders and journalists and the removal of the Wet'suwet' en people from their own lands, amounting to colonial violence.

We further express our dismay and anger at the federal NDP's statement in response to these events, which obscures the oppressive role the RCMP and BCNDP are playing in perpetuating colonial violence. We stand firmly on the side of the Wet'suwet'en nation and condemn individuals and entities that are willing to turn a blind eye to colonialism for the sake of political expediency.

The resistance of the Wet'suwet'en against the Coastal GasLink pipeline exemplifies the simultaneous crises we are faced with today. In the same week that British Columbia was hit by a once-in-a-century storm caused by the climate crisis, the BCNDP government continues to choose to side with capital to build this climate-destroying pipeline, and in doing so, requires the violent dispossession of Indigenous lands, even when the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have declared their unequivocal opposition to the project.

We call on NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Deputy Leader Alexandre Boulerice to publicly denounce the violence enacted against members of Wet'suwet'en First Nation by the RCMP, and call on the BCNDP provincial government and Liberal federal government to immediately withdraw the RCMP from Wet'suwet'en territory.

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