URFA Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Nation

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na Fac­ul­ty Asso­ci­a­tion, rep­re­sent­ing mem­bers on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 ter­ri­to­ry, sup­ports the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Colum­bia, and urges gov­ern­ment lead­ers to take action to ensure a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion that ensures the inher­ent rights of the Wet’suwet’en hered­i­tary chiefs over their tra­di­tion­al ter­ri­to­ries are hon­oured and respected. 

In a recent state­ment, Fed­er­a­tion of Sov­er­eign Indige­nous Nations Chief Bob­by Cameron said the fol­low­ing: Our ances­tral lands belong to our First Nations peo­ple. The lands are ours to pro­tect and pre­serve for future gen­er­a­tions. We must stand up for the pro­tec­tion of our lands and waters so that our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren will know who they are and where they came from. First Nations pride and iden­ti­ty are also inter­twined with our love and prop­tec­tion of Moth­er Earth. The Wet’suwet’en peo­ple are fight­ing for what is right and we ful­ly sup­port them. Our First Nations Inher­ent and Treaty lands are ours to pro­tect. We con­demn any acts of vio­lence and urge peace in the Wet’suwet’en territory.” 

URFA echoes this state­ment. This is a crit­i­cal moment for Cana­da to prove its com­mit­ment to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, and the Unit­ed Nations Dec­la­ra­tion on the Rights of Indige­nous Peo­ples. This requires con­ver­sa­tion and mean­ing­ful actions to ensure a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion to this dis­pute, and we urge gov­ern­ment lead­ers to do so. 

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na Fac­ul­ty Asso­ci­a­tion Rep­re­sents 1,500 mem­bers at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na, Cam­pi­on and Luther Col­leges, and the First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty of Canada.