Since the RCMP and the government of Canada began their increasing attacks against Wet’suwet’en in January, the grassroots climate justice coalition Climate Convergence has intensified their work in Metro Vancouver for Indigenous rights and against the CGL pipeline. From educational events to marches, rallies, and beyond Climate Convergence has supported, attended, and organized many events in the last month.
These actions included powerful street actions, where Climate Convergence united with many other organizations and individuals in Vancouver. On January 11, the first large Indigenous-led march and rally for Wet’suwet’en was organized in Vancouver, beginning at the B.C. Supreme Court and ending at Victory Square. Then, on January 27, there was a student walkout to City Hall, which brought out hundreds of people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth taking the lead at the event, supporting the rights of the Wet’suwet’en people to control of their land and resources and reject the CGL pipeline.
On January 29, Climate Convergence organized a double-feature film showing at the Anti-Social Skate Shop in Vancouver, sponsored by Climate Convergence, Antisocial Skateboard Shop, and Mutual Aid Media, who produced both documentaries shown. Not being a conventional venue to go and see a movie, this event brought out a full, standing room only, the majority of whom had never been to Climate Convergence events before.
Two films were featured at the event, followed by a short, but a very lively discussion. The first film was “Invasion” about the 2019 RCMP invasion of the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt'en checkpoint, and Wet’suwet’en. The second film brought the struggle for Indigenous rights and climate justice from Northern B.C. to Honduras in Central America. "Berta Didn't Die; She Multiplied" was about the life and legacy of Berta Cáceres, who was assassinated by hired thugs for defending Indigenous land and rights from resource extraction projects, including a Canadian hydroelectrical dam project.
With these films, Climate Convergence tied the struggle of Indigenous people in Canada to that of Indigenous people around the world. Especially Latin America, where the government of Canada is promoting coups and supporting repressive right-wing governments, while Canadian mining companies destroy the environment and trample on the rights of Indigenous people.
To continuing supporting the Wet'suwet’en struggle against CGL, find out actions and donate visit: https://unistoten.camp/
Climate Convergence is planning ongoing actions in support of Wet’suwet’en. To come out to a meeting or the next action visit www.climateconvergence.ca
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