August 16, 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC): Kwekwecnewtxw – the Watch House – remains on Burnaby Mountain, and Protectors will continue to organize opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project from the site.

The Watch House was not named in an injunction used to dismantle the nearby Camp Cloud.

“These police tactics are clearly an effort to intimidate people from demonstrating against the pipeline,” said Stand.earth Director Tzeporah Berman, who witnessed arrests taking place outside the Kinder Morgan tank farm this morning. “We will not be intimidated. Blockades resume next week.”

Protect The Inlet is preparing for blockades to resume on August 20, when the federal government claims pipeline construction will expand. Coast Salish leaders are calling on all those interested in standing up to defend the water, land, and climate from Justin Trudeau’s pipeline to join Protectors at the Watch House.

Statement from the Watch House – Kwekwecnewtxw Protect the Inlet Project:

“Everyone has a right to express themselves and we intend to continue to express ourselves in a peaceful and respectful manner and work in solidarity with all like minded allies who want to bring an end to this destructive pipeline,” said Squamish Elder Robert Nahanee, “We love the support we are getting and are honoured to work with all who share our common goal to stop the Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline.”

“Now that the government has chosen to purchase the pipeline this is a very critical moment. Essentially Canadians are the new owners of this dirty pipeline,” said Watch House Guardian Will George. “There may be one camp coming down, however this movement will continue to grow. The Tiny House Warriors just launched three camps along the pipeline route. I encourage you as stakeholders to come show your support and offer your skill set to this movement. Bring your cousins.”

The Watch House camp is guided by Coast Salish elder leadership.

We have key principles given by the local Coast Salish elders on how to conduct ourselves:

  • This project is taking place on unceded Coast Salish territory and must be treated as such. The Watch House and related activity operate under Coast Salish jurisdiction.

  • The Watch House is first and foremost a place of Indigenous spirituality and jurisdiction.

  • The Watch House is a place of sacred ceremony and must be treated as such.

  • The Watch House project operates under the Coast Salish law of Nawt’samat – One Heart, One Mind, One Soul – we are all related.

  • The land and waters where the Watch House takes place must be absolutely respected

  • We encourage the help and participation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to gather with us in a peaceful way.

  • This is a peaceful project. No weapons of any kind, or any actions of violence, will be tolerated.

  • Alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited from entering the area of the Watch House, adjacent areas and related activities.

  • We must leave the area as we found it, produce as little waste as possible, and not disrupt the ecosystem with any littering.

  • Those who visit the Watch House are expected to practice reciprocity by contributing whatever skills they can offer to the Watch House project.

  • Participants that fail to abide by the protocol, or disrespect elders and members of the Coast Salish community, may be asked to leave the Watch House and surrounding areas.

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