We condemn the use of police force to suppress people defending their rights and call on Justin Trudeau, John Horgan, Scott Moe, and all officials listed below to immediately end their attacks on Indigenous and workers’ rights.
Western Canada stands at a crossroads. The economy increasingly benefits a select few. Today, workers and Indigenous communities are standing on the frontlines against an economy where huge profits are flowing to those at the top at the expense of Indigenous sovereignty, workers rights, and the environment.
Currently, in Northern BC, Wet’suwet’en land defenders are struggling against the construction of an LNG pipeline through their traditional territories at the same time as Unifor members are fighting in Regina for their pensions at the Coop Refinery Complex (CRC) that is owned and operated by Federated Cooperatives Limited (FCL).
While the assertion of Indigenous inherent rights by the Wet’suwet’en is different than Unifor’s struggle for worker rights, in both cases, both groups are struggling against powerful and vindictive companies and governments that are seemingly determined to undermine the rights and freedoms of exploited peoples.
In BC, the police are arresting and breaking barricades at the Unist’ot’en camp. In Regina, police are arresting union members and breaking their pickets and barricades.
We are witnesses as the state uses police to elevate business interests above the sovereign rights of Indigenous peoples and the rights of workers. We abhor the use of force to protect the private interests of profit accumulation for select few, while undermining the collective interests of the people and the environment.
We stand for protecting workers rights and Indigenous rights; for people to have a say in their futures; for a just transition to a future that is democratized, decolonized, and environmentally sustainable.
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