First Nations Tribes United Against Enbridge

Andy Everson, Northwest Coast Artist

The common theme across Indian Country, from South America to North America, is that of colonialism and economic imperialism. Our respective nations were militarily subdued, and now the resources in our traditional territories are taken, largely at will, and our sovereignty is eroded at every turn. Whether it’s water rights and toxic, radioactive mines in the Navajo Nation, pipelines in First Nation territories, or mines in Tlingit Aani, the solution is to reassert our tribal sovereignty, take back our lands, create tactical alliances between our respective nations and with other dissident groups.

Their imperialist, colonial system works in the favor of the empire and colonizers. It’s system of supposed “democracy” is a tool for legitimizing theft of our resources and further destruction of our Nations. While we may be able to delay them temporarily through their legislative, judicial and executive bodies, the long term strategy must be to overthrow them. The alternative is a slow, steady, downward spiral until we are forcefully integrated into the empire and our people and way of life disappear from this world, forever.

From the Wet’suwet’en

“We will do whatever it takes to defend our lands and waters against this threat from Enbridge.” – Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Alphonse Gagnon

The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline and marine transport route would cross through more than 50 First Nations communities, many of them unceded, with no treaty agreements having ever been signed.


About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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