Throughout North America, governments are funding pipelines that disregard indigenous rights to their land!
An especially major plan is the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is planning to build throughout Canada and the US.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the TC Energy has decided to resume construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline due to the government of Alberta's recent investment of $1.1 billion USD into the pipeline, with a further guarantee of $4.2 billion USD of credit. Now with construction moving forward, man camps are going up along the route. These “man camps” cause violence upon the indigenous territories they occupy and put indigenous women and girls in direct danger. With the construction being moved forward in the face of a global pandemic, the Keystone XL pipeline is also putting indigenous communities at a greater risk of infection from the coronavirus with an influx of workers coming. However, the problem is not just with TC Energy and the government of Alberta but also with
Then there’s the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline building a liquified natural gas pipeline which goes through indigenous land specifically the Wet’suwet’en land.
We stand as witnesses to this historic moment when the federal and provincial governments, RCMP, and Coastal GasLink/TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) are openly violating Wet’suwet’en, Canadian, and international law.
Coastal GasLink/TC Energy is pushing through a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Dawson Creek, B.C. to the coastal town of Kitimat, where LNG Canada’s processing plant would be located. LNG Canada is the single largest private investment in Canadian history.
Each clan within the Wet’suwet’en Nation has full jurisdiction under their law to control access to their territory. Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law) all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en