On behalf of over 48,000 nurses and health-care workers, the British Columbia Nurses’ Union adds its voice to
those of many organizations and individuals across the province and country in urging all levels of government to
fully uphold the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and seek a peaceful
resolution to the conflict regarding construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through traditional, unceded Wet’suwet’en territory.
BCNU is committed to a process of truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We recognize that genuine
reconciliation is premised on a recognition of past and present injustices, and going forward, all levels of
government must ensure “free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or
administrative measures” (UNDRIP, Article 32) that affect Indigenous communities.
The continued enforcement of an exclusion zone that denies the Wet’suwet’en people access to their territories
and that prevents media from providing transparent coverage of events threatens to thwart progress towards
BCNU urges governments to uphold their shared commitment to Indigenous rights and meaningfully consult with
the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and members of the Wet’suwet’en nation on the basis of Wet’suwet’en law,
UNDRIP, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action and all relevant Canadian jurisprudence.
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