February 24, 2020 – CASWE-ACFTS offers solidarity and support for the Wet’suwet’en Peoples of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. In the spirit of the Commitment to Change the Board of Directors affirms the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that emphasizes the right to self determination and the inherent right of Indigenous nations to determine and control the development of their lands in accordance with their own needs and interests.
We call upon the Government of Canada to work peacefully in dialogue with the Wet’suwet’en Nation and that no force be used against the Wet’suwet’en Peoples and their supporters. We acknowledge that there are different positions amongst Wet’suwet’en Peoples within their Nation and respect their right to organize themselves to determine their choices. As part of our commitment to social justice, we encourage all Canadians to become familiar with the historical and contemporary conflicts between Canada and Indigenous nations to work to transform our colonial reality, as a shared responsibility.