The Wet’suwet’en Fight Belongs to Everyone – Capilano Courier

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 202062 Views

CapU Indigenous students emphasize action over words when advocating for Indigenous causes

As the Canadian government continues conversations started on Feb. 27 with Wet’suwet’en peoples, Indigenous peoples, allies and youth across the nation continue to rally to voice their support. Recently the demonstrations and blockades held by the hereditary chiefs and supporters have received a great deal of attention as they shut down streets, railway and trade routes, with both sides of the debate having a lot to say on the matter.

The RCMP has been at the centre of the conflict as they arrested youths who had peacefully protested by occupying the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on Feb. 25 and Mar. 4, with the conflict coming to a head on Feb. 10 after RCMP forcefully entered the Unist’ot’en camp with dogs and automatic rifles to evict and make arrests in what they called an “unlawful” exclusion zone.

The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) declared their support to the Wet’suwet’en cause on Feb. 12 and Mar. 4, together with students from various institutions such as UBC, SFU, and Langara, Capilano University (CapU). Students joined the nationwide student walkout in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. In an unheard-of action in North Vancouver, roughly 80 students, led by First Nation students, left their classes around 2 PM for a rally starting in the Cedar courtyard, marched through the library and went down the road to blockade the intersection between Mountain Highway and Keith Road.

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