Dozens Shut Down Chicago Intersection For Wet’suwet’en Solidarity

This action originally took place March 6, 2020.

On March 6, dozens took to the streets of downtown Chicago in a march and rally led by Chi-Nations Youth Council, as part of a Day of Action in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en defending their territories, and Indigenous land defenders around the world, in the face of militarized police raids and historic colonization.

Rallying outside of a Chase Bank, a member of Rising Tide Chicago was one of the speakers calling out the bank for its abuses against Indigenous and human rights, in financing TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline. In collaboration with the Canadian government, the company is rushing to build a 420-mile pipeline, which would carry fracked gas from northeast British Columbia to a massive proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the coast. 

For the past ten years, the Wet’suwet’en have asserted their sovereignty to stop fossil fuel companies from trespassing on their lands. Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law), the five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have not provided the free, prior, and informed consent to Coastal Gaslink and its parent company TC Energy to do work on Wet’suwet’en territory. 

Learn more about Wet’suwet’en solidarity with this toolkit from the Unist’ot’en camp!