January 22, 2019

The Teaching Support Staff Union is an independent, feminist and member-driven union that represents over 2000 teaching assistants, tutor markers, sessional instructors and ELC/ITP instructors at Simon Fraser University.

The TSSU membership reaffirms its support of the Unist’ot’en Camp and stands in firm solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation and the movement fighting for Indigenous Sovereignty against encroachments by extractive industries and the Canadian state. We condemn the colonial Canadian state and the RCMP for continuously enabling extractive industries like the Coastal GasLink to insert pipelines on unceded First Nations territory without consent.

In northern British Columbia, the Wet’suwet’en stand in the path of the Northern Gateway pipeline. Threatened not only by Northern Gateway, Wet’suwet’en territory is to be bisected by the Pacific Trails pipeline which will carry natural gas to Kitimat. Construction has begun on the Coastal GasLink pipeline, and a proposed four pipelines will travel the route through Wet’suwet’en land. Efforts to halt pipeline development and reclaim ancestral Wet’suwet’en land are already underway.

On January 7, 2019, militarized RCMP descended onto unceded Gitdumt’en territories of the Wet’suwet’en Nation to enforce a colonial court injunction in favour of Coastal GasLink. The RCMP and Coastal GasLink have violently trespassed on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory and removed people from their traditional land, an act which is in gross violation of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We call on the Governments of British Columbia and Canada to immediately revoke Coastal GasLink’s permit, remove all RCMP and Coastal Gaslink presence, and respect Wet’suwet’en laws, jurisdiction and Indigenous Sovereignty.

In solidarity,

Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)