November 19th, 2021
NDP statement on the situation on Wet'suwet'en territory
"We are deeply concerned to once again see militarized RCMP actions on Wet’suwet’en territory. In particular, we are concerned to hear about the arrest of journalists, who were prevented from carrying out their work, and First Nations People, who were prevented from carrying on their way of life.
Given past events, we urge the protection of constitutional and human rights of all involved in the pursuit of de-escalation. After more than a century of colonialism the way forward is not simple. Over the past two weeks, there have been serious efforts to pursue peaceful solutions through dialogue. These efforts have so far been unsuccessful. But we must do everything we can to make space for a peaceful resolution and open dialogue.
That is why the NDP is supporting Amnesty International calls for the RCMP to not use lethal force against Wet'suwet’en land defenders; to uphold the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people; to allow critical foods and medicines to reach the communities and to work with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, land defenders and supporters to allow the passage of foods and medicines to stranded Coastal Gaslink workers.
The NDP is committed to upholding Indigenous rights and advancing self-determination. New Democrats believe the federal government should not be able to pick and choose which Indigenous rights they will uphold, and which ones they will ignore. In line with recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which sets out minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous peoples, is the framework for reconciliation."