Published Jan 21, 2019More than 160 musicians and culture workers in the Canadian music industry have signed a solidarity statement addressed the Wet'suwet'en First Nation and Unist'ot'en Camp following the RCMP's use of force against peaceful protesters opposing a pipeline project in British Columbia.
On January 7, RCMP officers arrested 14 people protesting the construction at the Gidemt'en access point southwest of Houston, BC. The arrests were met with further demonstrations around the country.
Musicians that have signed the solidarity statement include Joel Plaskett, Owen Pallett, Peaches, Shad, Tanya Tagaq, Matt Mays, Michael Feuerstack and Sarah Harmer, in addition to members of Arkells, PUP, July Talk, U.S. Girls, No Warning, the Beaches, Wintersleep and more.
"On January 7th, 2019 we watched, infuriated as a militarized RCMP forced the removal of 14 land protectors from Wet'suwet'en territory at gunpoint," the statement reads. "The continued invasion of unceded Wet'suwet'en land by Coastal GasLink pipeline workers without your consent violates Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution, the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People and 'Anuc niwh'it'en (Wet'suwet'en Law). We have heard your hereditary chiefs say "No" to the Coastal Gaslink development and we intend to amplify it."
Of the Canadian government's role, the statement reads: "As musicians, we know a PR campaign when we see one: since 2015 Justin Trudeau has promoted a message of Truth and Reconciliation and professed the goal of building meaningful nation-to-nation relationships, but his government's actions don't align. Meaningful nation-to-nation relationships are not made at gunpoint."
The statement concludes commending the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs for "showing more leadership in climate action than Canadian elected officials."
You can read the complete statement of solidarity here, along with a complete list of signatories.