Wet’suwet’en matriarchs share words of truth and wisdom

Powerful words of truth and wisdom were shared by Wet’suwet’en matriarchs yesterday. Hearing Wii Esdes Sandra Harris speak the names of more than 30 missing and murdered Indigenous women (and men) was a soul-shaking moment I will personally never forget. 

Misiyh – gratitude – goes to Charlotte Euverman, Lisa deWit, Wii Esdes Sandra Harris, Delee Nikal and Wilawhl Lorraine Naziel for their lifelong work laying bare the scaffolding of colonial structures that continue to enable violence against Indigenous women. We at RAVEN feel so honoured that these women shared space with us in this way.

“Having seen all these reports come out, and us calling on the colonial system to actually take action, and do something about this violence against Indigenous women, and then seeing the complete disregard for the calls for the EAO (Environmental Assessment Office) to include these studies – all this does is solidify for me the fact that the colonial system doesn’t have any regard or any concern for the safety of Indigenous women, realistically. I think the numbers speak for themselves.” ~ Delee Nikal

A big thank-you to DJ Larkin of Woodward and Company LLP, legal counsel for the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, who described the legal strategy for the Judicial Review of Coastal GasLink’s permit extension, and what victory in court would mean for Wet’suwet’en women.

Many of you posted questions for DJ in the chat: thank you! We will be posting a blog with DJ’s answers soon.

Gratitude also to all the webinar participants who held the space for the Wet’suwet’en speakers and allowed their words to resonate within and among us. Thank you for all your messages of support, love and solidarity in the chat!

With renewed determination,

Ana, Andrea, Kathryn and the RAVEN team

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