Block the Gateway: Sharing responsibility to stop the Pacific Trail pipelines: A teach-in
*A teach-in on allyship, solidarity, decolonization and action*
- Are you interested in supporting Indigenous struggles and being an ally?
- Are you interested in understanding colonization and your role in it?
- Do you have plans or interest for heading up north to attend the Unis’ot’en Spring Camp or future Indigenous led action camps?
- Are you active and passionate about defending the land?
What: If so, please join us on April 28th for an all-day decolonization teach-in on resisting the Pacific Trail Pipelines and exploring the role of allyship. From Lekwungen and Wsanec territories, to the Unis’tot’en resistance against pipeline construction and resource extraction on Wet’suwe’ten territories, how can we, as non-Indigenous settler allies support these struggles meaningfully and stand alongside Indigenous peoples in resisting the ongoing processes of colonialism – whether that be at the Unis’tot’en camp in the spring and summer, or elsewhere?
Who: Hereditary Chief Toghestiy of the Likhsts’amisyu Clan, Unis’tot’enLikhsts’amisyu Spokesperson Freda Huson, and Warrior and Teacher Mel Bazil of the Gitimt’en Clan will be joining us for this event and will share with us their stories of resistance and resilience. After which, decolonization activists Carol Bilson Araucana, Leila Darwish, and Kelsey Lavoie will lead a workshop for settlers working towards decolonization and meaningful allyship. The day will conclude with a supper to share experiences of the day’s events, along with insights and experiences from those who attended last year’s Unis’tot’en Action Camp.
When: Sunday April 28th, 9:30am-6:30pm
Where: Harry Hickman Building Room 110 and 116 at the University of Victoria on Lekwungen Territories. (http://www.uvic.ca/home/about/campus-info/maps/maps/hhb.php)
Cost: Entry to participate in the Teach-In is free. However, we encourage you to either donate non-perishable food or money to the Unis’tot’en camp, which can be brought with you to the Teach-In.
Please follow this link to register on line:
Meals will be provided, along with bus tickets and childcare for those who need them. When registering, please indicate dietary, childcare, and other needs, as the organizers of this Teach-In are committed to creating as safe and accessible a space as possible. Please let us know if you have any requirements in order to participate.
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For more information about the Unis’tot’en camp and their front line resistance please visit:
For more information about the spring and summer caravans to the Unis’tot’en camp and how you can support them, please check out VicFAN’s website here:
Last but not least, join us after the Teach-In on Monday April 29th at The Harder They Come—radical drag and burlesque fundraiser for Wild Coast and the Unis’tot’en Caravan. Featuring Janet Rogers—Victoria’s poet laureate and author of “Red Erotic”, Mandy Lushious, Mitzy Turnpike and more!
Tickets and more information are available online at http://wildcoast.ca/harder or in person at Garden of Eden, 1483 Douglas St.