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Decolonizing British Columbia – The Importance of Settler Relationalities

Territorial Acknowledgement

This essay was written on the unceded traditional territories of the WSANEC Nation, specifically the Tsawout and Tseycum peoples. The thoughts herein have been developed through spending time on many nations’ territories, including the Pacheedaht, Ditidaht, T’souk, Songhees, Esquimalt, Cowichan, Tseshaht, Sinixt and many more. This essay is meant to be distributed far and wide and will hopefully pass through all of these territories and more, as it seeks to build relationships and understanding between settlers, Indigenous people, and the Land. I thank these nations for allowing me to learn from the Land, and all of the connections therein. I thank them for preserving these beautiful places for thousands of years. I thank them for never ceding their responsibilities to the Land and for the example they set for settlers to live up to. The debt will always be mine.

This essay is by no means a complete strategy guide to decolonization, and in fact leaves out many fundamental tenets, such as the liberation of women, prison and police abolition, questions of power dynamics and hierarchy, and many more. Rather than being a comprehensive manual for decolonization, it is meant as an attempt to begin reconciling Western revolutionary traditions with Indigenous worldviews, and to frame decolonization as not only the foundation, but also as the method and end goal of the environmental, feminist, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist struggle across Turtle Island.

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Autonomous action against logging on so-called #Vancouver Island

September 14, 2020, unceded Pacheedaht Territory:

On a coast choked in smoke from fires burning a vast swath of this dying planet, up road TR11A on the north side of Edinburgh Mountain on so-called Vancouver Island, we felled seven trees across the road, erected tripods, hung banners, and locked a gate to block access to old growth cutblocks higher up the mountain.Blockades were started in August in the neighbouring Fairy Creek watershed, yet industrial logging in the area continues. Some old growth areas are currently inaccessible to industry thanks to these ongoing blockades, but many others nearby are still being destroyed, and our action prevented the Monday morning destruction of at least some old growth forest. We are happy to obstruct old growth logging, but we’d just as soon have done the same thing to prevent 2nd or 3rd growth forests from being clearcut, as there is nothing remotely sustainable about the way forests in so-called British Columbia are being industrially destroyed.

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#Vancouver, #BC: Our Homes Can’t Wait statement on the Strathcona squat

On Saturday April 18th, our members and supporters organized the Kennedy Stewart Squat in the Downtown Eastside to provide emergency shelter for unhoused and underhoused residents seeking space during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. It has been heartening to receive support for the squat in our community and our member organizations. The squat was also supported by Vancouver School Board commissioners, following cities in OntarioMassachusettsArkansas and elsewhere that have used schools for emergency shelter during the coronavirus pandemic. It has also been a sign of the success of the squat that, in the days following the repression of the squat with the arrest of 14 squatters, both the City and Provincial government made statements that they are taking measures to provide housing for homeless residents in BC, and that the “anxieties of DTES residents are justified.” We feel partially vindicated by these statements, but unfortunately the provincial government’s current plans are seriously lacking. 

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Reflections on rent strike Vancouver in times of the #coronavirus

Vancouver. BC. March 29, 2020. So called Vancouver BC has in its most recent years been a place of
relative social peace – anarchist intervention in local politics has been pushed into the shadows. After decades of insurrectionary agitation and action, things slowed down – folks left, faced repression, struggled with the daily onslaught of capitalism, or for their owns reasons took a step back. Yet in the shadows is where we thrive, and more recently anarchist action and analysis has been occurring on a semi-public stage in so called Vancouver.

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June 15: International call to action – What’s Next in the #Unistoten Battle with Industry Giants

Canadian territory: The Unist’ot’en are counting on supporters to mobilize in a big way for the next step in our legal battle. From June 12-14, the BC Supreme Court will rule on the interim injunction. It will either be extended to an interlocutory injunction, giving a pass to more RCMP violence,  or dismissed, ending the human rights violations. But regardless of the outcome in the courts, it is not up to colonial government and industry giants to determine our fate. We remain unceded, undefeated, sovereign and victorious.

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Construction on New Resistance Camp on Wet’suwet’en Territory Begins: Support Still Needed

Construction has begun for a new resistance camp on Wet’suwet’en territory in so-called British Columbia.

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Canadian territory: Despite #BC court loss, opposition to Trans Mountain Pipeline remains strong

Tens of thousands of Canadians have pledged to do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop pipeline. UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) —  The British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled today (May 24, 2019) on a reference case brought by the province, which sought to clarify whether or not the province could put a temporary ban on new shipments of diluted bitumen (dilbit) while further scientific studies were conducted into the ability to clean up dilbit spills. The court found that the proposed regulation exceeded the province’s power to regulate interprovincial pipelines.

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Judge rules #Unistoten gate must come down for pipeline

Canadian territory: An Indigenous camp (Unistoten, EIE)was ordered Friday to remove a gate that’s blocking a bridge in northwestern B.C. and holding up a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline project. A mainstream media report that was posted on Warrior Publications. As it is an important issue, we make an excemption and republish this mainstream media report. We added a statement from the Unistoten Facebook page.

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So-called #Canada: “The Time is Now”: A Call to Support the Unist’ot’en Camp

So-called British Columbia, so-called Canada: The Unist’ot’en camp needs our support.

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