The Unist’ot’en Camp is located on the Wedzin Kwah (Morice River), near Houston, BC. Energy companies including Chevron and TransCanada are aiming to push fracked gas (LNG) pipelines through Unist’ot’en territory without their consent. The Unist’ot’en homestead is not a protest or a demonstration—the clan is occupying and using their traditional territory as they have for centuries. They are protecting and utilizing their hunting, trapping, fishing, and plant gathering territories to ensure that future generations will also have the opportunity to live close to the land.
The Unist’ot’en have been blocking the pipeline right-of-way for the last 8 years, and have continued to expand their camp to include a traditional Wet’suwet’en pithouse, bunkhouse, permaculture garden, and greenhouse. They are completing construction of a new healing center, offering a space for community members to return to their traditional teachings and land-based wellness practices.
Supporting the Unist’ot’en’s initiative is especially important this year, as the BC NDP government has recently announced massive subsidies and tax breaks for the LNG Canada project terminating in Kitimat in hopes of eliciting a positive Final Investment Decision later this year. This is in blatant contradiction to their commitment to implementing UNDRIP.