Ryan Tumilty, writing in the National Post, tells us that “Theresa Tait Day, a former Wet’suwet’en hereditary leader, told MPs a pipeline project had been “hijacked” by five male chiefs and criticized Liberal cabinet ministers for making a secret deal with them.“
That’s what I have thought ever since this business began; I’ve been saying, for a month or so, that Team Trudeau backed the wrong horse. The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline do NOT speak for all the Wet’suwet’en people. They may speak for themselves and some others or they may just be puppets whose strings are being pulled by e.g. the Tides and Rockefeller Foundations in the USA that have their own agendas.
“Speaking at a House of Commons committee meeting,” the report says, “Tait Day said the decision last month to meet with hereditary chiefs was a mistake … [and she added] … “The government has legitimized the meeting with the five hereditary chiefs and left out their entire community,” she said. “We can not be dictated to by a group of five guys.”
Chief Tait-Day (Wi’hali’yte) said, in a report on APTN, that ““As female Wet’suwet’en members and community leaders, we want to be heard and involved in the decision-making. That is our way … [but] … our voices are not being heard. Many of the male hereditary chiefs are acting out internalized historical oppression. We face patriarchal domination … [and] … We have been working particularly with LNG and Coastal GasLink. Our people wanted a benefit and they wanted to be able to make a decision on a positive note. However, we’ve experienced lateral violence and coercion since then by the five chiefs who claim to represent the nation.”
I need to be clear: I do not understand the intricacies of the traditional Wet’suwet’en clan system. I’m not sure how many chiefs of how many of the 13 houses that make up the five Wet’suwet’en clans support or oppose the Coast GasLink project. What is clear is that five men, representing, they say, five of those 13 houses, claim to have the authority to speak for the whole nation even though ALL of the elected band councils representing the peoples through whose lands the pipelines must pass have supported the pipeline project.
It seems quite clear to me that Justin Trudeau and his advisors and cabinet colleagues were panicked into hasty, ill-considered negotiations with a band of lawbreakers who had no intention, ever, of dealing with the issues that mattered to Canada but are, instead, engaged in their own private battle against democracy.
The five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs provoked, it seems to me, a national attack on Canada in order to further their own, private and murky ends.
Justin Trudeau, being both a fool and a coward, failed to grasp what they were doing and decided to act only when all other options were clearly unavailable. He surrendered Canada to these thugs and then he sent poor Carolyn Bennett to kowtow and snivel and their feet, delivering his surrender to them.
Canada deserves and needs so much better.