Turtle Island Solidarity Network

TURTLE ISLAND SOLIDARITY NETWORK: From the Frontlines of the Wet’suwet’en Struggle

It was dark when we arrived at the Gidimt’en camp outside Houston, B.C., with a trunk full of groceries and winter camping gear for everyone to share. Chuck Wright and I made the twelve-hour road trip on behalf of CPT to the site at the 27-kilometre mark along Morice West Forest Service Road in response to an invitation from Wet’suwet’en leaders for legal observers. It was evening in early February, and the camp was lit with the glow of a bonfire. The sound of people chopping firewood filled the air.

Prayers for Peacemakers, 22 April 2020 Turtle Island

We pray that the family and community of Eisha Hudson will find justice. On 8 April 2020, 16-year old Eisha Hudson was shot and killed by the police in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Eisha was unarmed. There are conflicting reports coming out from the police, media and family about the events that played out on 8 April. But one truth remains. Eisha was a child. CPT condemns the killing of Eisha, and we condemn the violence Indigenous children have experienced at the hands of the Canadian state from its inception to the present.  No peace and reconciliation can occur until the violence of the Canadian government—at all levels—ends, and it brings the perpetrators to justice.

CPT INTERNATIONAL | Lent 2020: Take Action for Peace

Our #CPTJusticeJourney began at the start of Lent, on February 26th. Since then much has changed as communities across the world respond to the spread of the Coronavirus. While Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) have suspended physical accompaniment across programs, we continue to seek out ways to be present, adapting to online strategies of advocacy and accompaniment in response to our partners’ needs.

Prayers for Peacemakers 4 March 2020

Please pray for Wet’suwet’en land defenders and their allies in the lands known as Canada. For years, Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have led nonviolent resistance to the construction of oil and gas pipelines across their unceded land, which lies between the Alberta tar sands and the port of Kitimat on the west coast. The proposed pipelines would allow for the expansion of the Alberta tar sands, already considered the largest and most destructive industrial project in the world.

TURTLE ISLAND: CPTers join the San Carlos Apache and others in prayer and action for Chich’il Bildagoteel (Oak Flat, AZ, USA)

On 22 February 2020, dozens of San Carlos Apache and friends, including CPT reservists Carol Rose, Janie Stein and former CPTer Martin Bates, gathered at the sacred site Chich’il Bildagoteel (Oak Flat), on land also claimed by Arizona, USA. Many of those present had just participated in the 6th annual 45-mile march and sacred run from the San Carlos Apache reservation to Chich’il Bildagoteel.

Oraciones para les Constructores de Paz, 12 de Febrero del 2020 Kurdistán Iraquí

Hoy, recordemos en nuestras oraciones las luchas de los pueblos Indígenas para detener la destrucción continua de sus tierras ancestrales en el Kurdistán Iraquí, en la Isla Tortuga, en Palestina y alrededor de todo el mundo. La sed insaciable del mundo por los recursos que las industrias transnacionales y locales buscan satisfacer es más fuerte que el respeto de los gobiernos por los derechos humanos—incluyendo los derechos de los pueblos Indígenas—y los derechos de Pachamama/Madre Tierra. La semana pasada vimos un ejemplo de esta falta de respeto cuando la policía Canadiense, fuertemente militarizada, protegió a una compañía de combustibles fósiles que destruía la tierra de Wet’suwet’en, tal como las compañías petroleras han hecho con las granjas y aldeas Kurdas en Kurdistán.
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