First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) stands in solidarity with Indigenous nations whose lands, lives, and futures will be impacted by recent Canadian government decisions to proceed with the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. Living and working in unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish territories, we are keenly aware that these government rulings are just the most recent in a long history of nonconsensual incursions into Indigenous territories. We actively support the Tsleil-Waututh and other Indigenous nations and individuals working to protect their waterways, lands, food sources, and lifeways in the face of ongoing state-sponsored violence. We recognize the interconnection between opposition to these pipelines and tanker projects and a range of other efforts to protect Indigenous waters and lands, including the longstanding efforts of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Nation to rid their waterways of fish farms that are compromising their relationship to salmon, herring, and other food sources. We also celebrate the longstanding resistance of Indigenous nations here on the coast to sustain their languages, kinship relations, and obligations to take care of local waterways, lands, and animals which have sustained them since time immemorial. This includes the networks of opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline, which ultimately led to the project’s demise, and the current victory of the Standing Rock Sioux in their opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. FNIS will continue to support and promote the work of Indigenous nations here and across these lands to protect our human and other-than-human relations, self-determination, and ways of life for future generations. For more information on how you can support this work, see http://twnsacredtrust.ca and http://cleansingourwaters.com.
Statement on behalf of FNIS around the recent pipeline decisions:
December 6, 2016