This event will take place on the stolen territories of Indigenous nations across so-called “canada”.
WE ARE CALLING FOR A NATIONAL STUDENT WALK OUT
A coalition of student organizers in BC are inviting students across so called “canada” to join us as we walkout of classes and demand that the RCMP and CGL fully withdraw from sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory immediately.
Wet’suwet’en sovereignty and law must be respected and we stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in demanding that BC, Canada, the RCMP and CGL respect their authority.
We are calling all students across the country to organize walk outs to leave their classes on Wednesday March 4th. We have created a simple tool kit to organizing a walk out here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AlWpPvM_fcAsIPrtK_SWCOpqGX-CPMsMbjQzleCg3NY/edit
Links to events happening on individual campuses are at the bottom of this description, message a host or post in this event to have yours added!
Tuesday, January 7th 2020 marked one year since the violent raid on the unarmed Gidimt’en checkpoint and Wet’suwet’en people. At the end of December 2019, Coast Gas Link was granted an permanent injunction by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
After weeks of intimidation and harassment by the RCMP following the injunction, and the establishment of an illegal exclusion zone that denied Wet’suwet’en people and their guests access to their territory, numerous violent arrests were made at various camps. Matriarchs and land defenders were arrested at gun point and dragged off their land.
Despite misleading media that the RCMP has offered to “withdraw” or stand down, the RCMP is still present on sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory. They continue to increase harassment and surveillance of the camps. The demands of the hereditary chiefs have not been met.
Our academic institutions are complicit in this violent violation of Wet’suwet’en sovereignty. Many institutions have declined to make a statement, and maintain Foundation and pension investments in TC Energy and the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline.
Location specific events:
University of Victoria (Lekwungen Territory) –https://www.facebook.com/events/2716095528460186/
Langara (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory) – https://www.facebook.com/events/568165947245692/
UBC (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory) https://facebook.com/events/s/ubc-student-walkout-for-wetsuw/930510547363550/?ti=icl
Capilano University (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory) https://www.facebook.com/events/203516330710563/
Queens University ( Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory) – https://www.facebook.com/events/188315862496480/
All Winnipeg Walkouts (Treaty 1) – https://www.facebook.com/events/889370841475963/
All Halifax Walkouts – https://www.facebook.com/events/184759899478812/
U of Calgary (Mohkinstsis Territory) https://www.facebook.com/events/819470278573357/
Western University (6 Six Nations of the Grand River Territory) https://www.facebook.com/events/1231490963706055/?notif_t=plan_user_associated¬if_id=1582822817391297
University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario; traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations – the Ojibwa, Odawa, and Potawatomie). https://www.facebook.com/events/2728702207227625/
University of Prince Edward Island (Epekwitk, Mi’kma’ki Territory)
Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh Territory)
Trent University (Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg territory)
University of Regina (Treaty 4)
Acadia University (Mi’kma’ki Territory)
Carleton University (Algonquin Anishinaabeg Nation Territory)
SFU (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Kwikwetlem (kwikwəƛ̓ əm) Territories