As a political party seeking to gain representation in the BC legislature, the Ecosocialists commit to challenging every one of the forty-three Green and NDP members of the legislature who are keeping this government in power, a government that, through its Solicitor-General, has directed the invasion and militarization of Wet’suwet’en territory. This is our responsibility as settler allies of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and as stewards of a planet whose climate is imperiled by the LNG megaproject that the pipeline fuels. Our solidarity is not just with the Wet’suwet’en but with the children and youth of the world who have been leading actions for the climate on every continent.
We recognize that the Wet’suwet’en and other Indigenous peoples across British Columbia face poverty and ecological instability that are, and will continue to be exacerbated by the climate crisis. The future prosperity of all British Columbians, and especially Indigenous peoples, can only be achieved through economic policies grounded in climate justice.
We recognize that, as a direct consequence of colonialism and racism, First Nations reservations face significant financial and employment challenges and have signed “benefit agreements” in an effort to address these challenges. British Columbia owes direct monetary compensation to the Wet’suwet’en, Haisla and other reserve governments for potential funds lost due to pipeline cancelation. We will work for that compensation and for additional investments in sustainable jobs through a Green New Deal. It is long past time we dropped the pretense that hollow apologies and platitudes adequately compensate Indigenous people for the real, material losses they experience.
We write this with the recognition that violence against Indigenous people is not just a series of flare-ups and episodes but is constant and structural in nature. Colonialism is structural violence and decolonization means Indigenous control over all aspects of the state with which they interact, not just through delegated child protection departments and the Aboriginal Health Authority but through education, infrastructure, policing and a judiciary that recognizes Indigenous law on unceded territory.
Many of us are former Greens and New Democrats, and we take responsibility for the damage we have helped to cause by working to install the current government. We succumbed to a willful blindness, and to false hope that is costing all British Columbians, Indigenous and settlers, too much. We commit, as allies of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs to do everything in our power to install a new government that will treat yours with respect.
BC Ecosocialists Board members
Sharon Jackson, Aaron Munro, Jenn Neilson, Alannah New-Small, Stuart Parker, and Amrita Parmar
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