Garden River First Nations Stands with the Wet’suwet’en


Chief Paul Syrette and the Ojibway citizens of the Garden River First Nation join the many Indigenous leaders and friend from across Turtle island to condemn the armed military actions against the Hereditary Wet’suwet’en leadership, citizens and their allies in protecting their traditional land and sovereignty on pipeline development.

“The actions of the armed police force levelled against a peaceful rally and the imprisonment of the Wet’suwet’en is a stark reminder how deep colonialism and racism is embedded in the Canadian political systems and the significant gap that continues to exist in Canada’s efforts to find a path towards reconciliation “ stated Chief Syrette.

These barbaric military tactics and actions certainly do not represent the spirit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement that “no relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous peoples.”

We have just come through 150 years of oppression, assimilation, cultural genocide and the attempted annihilation of First Nations and it seems that Confederation policies will remain the same for the next 150 years despite hallow talk to build a new Nation to Nation relationship with the original people of Turtle Island by the demonstration of heavy handed actions that have now been observed around the world.

We stand in unity and solidarity with our British Columbia Wet’suwete’en brothers and sisters who courageously and determined to protect and defend fairness, justice, and the truth.

Theses military actions will not intimidate us and we will take all reasonable and diplomatic actions to support the movement to protect our Mother the Earth from designed destruction. Any effort to steal our lands will be met with opposition.

Perhaps the Honourable Member of Parliament for Abitibi-Baie James Nunavik-Eeyou Romeo Saganash was truthful when he spoke in the House of Commons.

We call on our National and Regional Indigenous leadership to publicly condemn these actions and to stand with the people of the land and seek out community solutions.



  1. Thank you Chief Syrette for your kind words and encouragement in our fight for clean water and wildlife protection. For the benefit of our children and our childrens children to come. The people of the Gitxsan nation stand beside our brothers and sisters of the wetsuweten nation in solidarity to protect and uphold our aboriginal title to this land which was won in the 1997 Delgamuux land entitlement. won in the supreme court of Canada in 1997. And since time immemorial…we will fight to the brighter end.

  2. 1. Those Wet’suwete’en people were arrested for failing to comply with a court issued injuction.
    2. You empowered Trudeau when you got into bed with his government by openly endorsing him during his campaign (and then voting for him).

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