What happens at the Unist'ot'en camp could have lasting repercussions for generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous British Columbians.
Burnaby (11 Jan. 2019) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) has been closely monitoring the developing situation at the Unist'ot'en camp. As a trade union committed to supporting the full implementation of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the recommendations of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the union is concerned that police action has been used to suppress the rights of both peaceful protesters and the media.
BCGEU/NUPGE supports the rights of the Wet'suwet'en people
The BCGEU/NUPGE urges the RCMP, Coastal Gaslink and the provincial government to work with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary leadership and the elected council to resolve the current dispute in the spirit of the principles articulated in those documents.
The Wet'suwet'en people have inherent Indigenous rights and title that must be recognized and respected. What happens at the Unist'ot'en camp could have lasting repercussions for generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous British Columbians.
The BCGEU/NUPGE is one of the largest unions in B.C., with over 77,000 members across the province working in every sector of the economy.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE