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Wet’suwet’en Jurisdiction and Governance Must be Respected

In response to the treatment of Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, their people and supporters, the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) supports the January 7, 2020 public statement issued by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC):

The UBCIC Chiefs Council fully supports the efforts of Indigenous Nations to ensure that their inherent Title and Rights are unconditionally recognized and upheld. As directed by Resolution 2019-07, we reiterate our call upon the governments of Canada and B.C. to honour the S.C.C.’s precedent-setting Delgamuukw case which confirmed that Wet’suwet’en Title and Rights have never been extinguished. Further, we fully expect B.C. to uphold the new provincial legislation that applies the United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples [UNDRIP] to B.C. laws. Free, prior and informed consent of the proper Title and Rights holders impacted must be achieved prior to the approval of any project affecting their land, territories and other resources. 

As a provincial organization focused on gender-based violence in all its forms, EVA BC believes in nonviolent processes to solve issues that are founded in a human rights framework. Therefore, we condemn any use of excessive or unnecessary force or threatening behaviour during the exercise of inherent individual or collective legal rights.