Lawless colonialism in Canada – The Martlet

by ahnationtalk on February 11, 2019193 Views

News Unsettled: the Native Students’ Union regular column

In the wild west of Aboriginal law, Canada shoots first and asks questions later.

For several hundreds of years, the Crown has disregarded Indigenous sovereignty in order to access land resources. From beaver to bitumen, colonial forces have wielded their military might to extract as much profit from Indigenous lands as possible. Currently in Canada’s sights is Unist’ot’en land, which is being deforested, cleared, and bulldozed in preparation for a proposed man-camp for TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline.

All of this is being done despite the objections of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and countless other voices, Indigenous and non-indigenous, who have experience with or are educated regarding the countless times Canada has undertaken similar misbehaviour in the past.

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