There is an ongoing fight to ensure our actions reduce rather than fuel the climate crisis; a fight to end police brutality; a fight to underscore Indigenous sovereignty—these fights belong to all of us.  Amidst this time of great upheaval, there is hope.

This summer’s Peace and Unity Summit is hosted by the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, in support of Indigenous land defenders continuing to uphold Indigenous law in the face of police violence and the extraction industry.

We celebrate the solutions, alliances and hope that can win these fights. We have already seen victories against extractive industries that destroy our ecosystems and communities. We have successfully fought against the Enbridge pipeline, and prevented fracked methane in the Sacred Headwaters. We have seen the Lax Kw’alaams nation stop the LNG export facility at Lelu Island.

But with two more pipelines now proposed through many Northern nations territories we need to scale up our efforts.  Our event will welcome Indigenous leaders, scientists, and rising youth to share the work they are doing to protect and defend their lands and waters. We will focus on building trust and reciprocity to enhance relationships between Nations and also between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people—building an alliance to stand against further environmental degradation and supporting rehabilitation of ecosystems and communities. We are stronger when we face these challenges together.

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The Declaration

We, the Wet’suwet’en have inhabited and governed our Yintah – our lands and waters – according to our laws and traditions, since time immemorial.

Our relationship to our Yintah through our governance system is ancient and profound.

Our inherent rights and title and our legal authority over these 22,000 square kilometres of lands and waters have never been ceded, surrendered, sold or relinquished in Treaty or in any other way.

As was proven in the Supreme Court of Canada ruling of December 11, 1997, in the historic Delgamuukw/Gisday’wa court case, our status as a Hereditary Nation has not been extinguished.

Whereas:

We, the Wet’suwet’en now come together in Peace and Unity with our fellow Indigenous peoples, leaders, and supporters of all walks of life and professions to demand:

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