The conflict in the Wet’suwet’en territories continues. The arrest of hereditary Chief Dsta’hyl and Kolin Sutherland-Wilson was a definite escalation. Both have since been released.
We talked about the Wet’suwet’en again this morning as we, Des Moines Mutual Aid, were working on our food project. Support of the Wet’suwet’en isn’t an official project of Des Moines Mutual Aid. But of interest to many of us. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago after we were done with the food giveaway.
RCMP officers arrested two people on Wet’suwet’en territory Wednesday evening, including a hereditary chief who was held in jail overnight.
Chief Dsta’hyl (Adam Gagnon) of the nation’s Likhts’amisyu Clan was released from the Houston RCMP detachment Thursday, according to B.C.’s prosecution service.
Kolin Sutherland-Wilson from the Gitxsan Nation, who was taken into custody along with Dsta’hyl on Wednesday, was conditionally released the same day.
“It’s so insulting, and actually unbelievable, that they would arrest a hereditary name carrier and bring it to this level, for what — an industry?” said Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’Moks, John Ridsdale, as he awaited details about the arrests Thursday.
I have been following the efforts of Kolin Sutherland-Wilson and his brother Denzel since January 2020 when he sat in front of the British Columbia Legislature for a week. I hadn’t known about the history of Gitxsan support of the Wet’suwet’en.
The Gitxsan have a long history of supporting the Wet’suwet’en. The neighbouring nations worked together on the decade-long Delgamuukw and Gistay’wa court case, which ended with the Supreme Court of Canada confirming title to their respective territories in 1997.
Sutherland-Wilson was the first to begin supporting the Wet’suwet’en at the B.C. legislature in January 2020, a protest of one that steadily grew into a nationwide shut down of transportation and shipping routes.
OCT 28, 2021 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNCEDED LIKHTS’AMISYU TERRITORY – HOUSTON, BC – On October 27, Likhts’amisyu Hereditary Chief Dsta’hyl was arrested and forcibly removed from unceded Likhts’amisyu territory, along with Kolin Sutherland-Wilson of the Gitxsan Git’luuhl’um’hetxwit wilp. Sutherland-Wilson was released on October 27, and Dini ze’ Dsta’hyl was held overnight and released October 28.
…. As far as Wet’suwet’en go, I guess we’ve fought this fight for a long time and we are not given up now. We never give up. I’m telling everybody out there to not give up hope on us because this battle is far from over. We are gonna continue this campaign that might not be here and it might not be me but you’re gonna see you know young officers and young Warriors rising up. They are silly that they didn’t just work with me. Yeah I’m a lot more passive than a lot of ones that may come. That’s what I’m saying.