Being so far away right now, I really appreciate updates like this… That don’t focus on a need for theatrics or anything other than the truth… because the truth is infuriating enough. • • #Repost from @kainagata • This weekend I got to witness Wet'suwet'en law in action. New life breathed into the ancient alliance between Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en neighbours. And a total culture clash with police and pipeline contractors who choose not to understand or respect very simple concepts. . Here's what I saw: Coastal Gaslink pipeline crews are trespassing. They never got permission to access land belonging to the Wet'suwet'en clans. Worse, they're doing irreversible damage – punching through forests, rivers and mountains that never even had a road before this year. . These are serious crimes. In the old days they'd be dealt with very harshly. But as Likhts'amisyu (Fireweed clan) enforcement officer Dtsa'hyl (Adam Gagnon) explained, the Wet'suwet'en are willing to accommodate the ignorance of their colonizers. So for now they're simply collecting evidence of the destruction, and recording serial numbers on equipment. . If CGL doesn't remove its machines after repeat warnings, they are subject to seizure by the clans. In our legal system we might call it asset forfeiture. Like if someone parks their car on your lawn – you get them towed. If CGL wants the equipment back, they can file for an appeal. All of this was explained very patiently to CGL personnel. . In response, CGL crews took it upon themselves to block the road with a rock truck, preventing Tse'besa (Lillian Wilson) from accessing her own territory at Loox Kwa (Clore River). She couldn't even bear witness to the destruction of her own land, let alone enjoy it with her family. This is totally illegal under Wet'suwet'en law, and a grave human rights violation in Western law too. . (@kainagata caption continued in comments)

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