Two large posters have been plastered in high trafficked areas in Vancouver, carrying with them a message around First Nations’ rights to territory and climate change.
The first poster was installed at the intersection of Main and Union streets and shows a photo of dozens of armed RCMP on Wet’suwet’en territory. The photo appears alongside the text, “Reconciliation won’t come at the barrel of a gun. Call off the RCMP.”
The second is at the intersection of Hastings and Nanaimo and juxtaposes the province's slogan, “Beautiful British Columbia,” with images of B.C.'s recent floods and wildfires.
These installations, put up by allies of the Gidimt’en clan, appear as RCMP forces amass near Wet’suwet’en territory, explains a release. The latest tension is part of a history that dates back to 2020 when violent arrests of Wet’suwet’en land defenders drew criticism across the country.
At the time, the Gidimt’en Clan of Wet’suwet’en Nation erected blockades to protect the unceded territory from the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline. Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose the controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline.