Pam Palmater tweeted this episode of Warrior Life Podcast today. She says this podcast is a response to the call for Wet’suwet’en solidarity. Doing her part to help amplify Wet’suwet’en voices about violent RCMP actions happening right now and how we can help.
She was not able to conduct a face-to-face interview with Gidimt’en spokesperson, Molly Wickham – Sledo. So, she sent a series of questions to Sledo, who recorded her answers to them. The result is a powerful picture of what happened to the Wet’suwet’en in the past, and why it is so important to continue. “I want people to know we have a responsibility to be here doing this work.”
In Episode 111 of Warrior Life Podcast, we hear from Molly Wickham – Sleydo – a Gidimt’en clan member and spokesperson protecting Wet’suwet’en Nation lands and waters from destruction by Coastal Gaslink pipeline. She and other clan members have called for a week of action in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en on Oct.9-15, 2021. This podcast is a respond to that call, doing my part to help amplify Wet’suwet’en voices about violent RCMP actions happening right now and how we can help.
Molly Wickam @Gidimten spokesperson reports RCMP surveilling, harassing, arresting & engaging in violence against Wet’suwet’en land defenders & water protectors. This is genocide in action.
Originally tweeted by Pam Palmater (@Pam_Palmater) on October 13, 2021.
I want people to know we have a responsibility to be here doing this work. I want people to know that the only violence that happens here on our territories is at the hands of the state and at the hands of the RCMP, at the hands of the people that are directing the RCMP to bring violence into our communities, to criminalize us, to harass us, to surveil us, to jail us, and essentially to commit genocide. You know if we don’t have our land, if we don’t have our water, if we don’t have a future, our people aren’t going to want to live.
There’s so much at stake and there are so many repercussions of the devastation of our lands and our access to our lands that have that there are on our people that may not seem blatant to the naked eye but if you look deeper and if you think about who we are and our identities as indigenous people, it is tied to our land, it’s tied to our water, it is tied to the fact that we harvest salmon every year and we get together as families and that helps create a sense, a strong sense of identity and a strong sense of who we are. And we know that the people who are killing themselves are the people that don’t have that connection to who they are as an indigenous person, that don’t have the connection to their land, the people that are lost out in the world, the people who are out on the streets, the children that are taken away from their families all relates back to a strong sense of connection belonging and identity as an indigenous person and if we don’t have that our people will die and that’s the genocide.
Molly Wickham – Sleydo
Following is solidarity action for the Wet’suwet’en by the Haudenosaunee .
Yesterday at 3:20 PM
Haudenosaunee kick out RCMP out of the yintah
“You can’t push the Wet’suwet’en around!” and “This is Chief Woos’ territory!” can be heard as our Haudenosaunee relatives send the RCMP retreating from their daily harassment patrol at Coyote Camp.
We are so honoured to have our relatives here answer the call. To stand with us against colonial greed and corruption. The Six Nations Confederacy and the Wet’suwet’en have familial ties and children who’s futures we are fighting for together.
“We can hear their war cries. Which is a beautiful sound. The allyship is beautiful.”
Skyler Williams Geordon L. Staats