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Banner drops over City of Kingston sign ahead of call for a week of action

A banner reading “Reconciliation Means Land Back RCMP Out Of Wedzin Kwa” partially covered a City of Kingston sign near the 401 on Wednesday morning.

Although the banner was removed from the sign rather quickly, the point was clearly made by the anonymous group.

Through a submission to North Shore Counter Info the individuals brought attention to their handiwork, meant to showcase solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people and bring attention to the call for a week of action.

“On the morning of October 6 we dropped a banner beside the 401, partially covering up a sign celebrating the colonial legacy of John A. Macdonald and the city of Kingston,” the post reads.

“We dropped this banner as a small gesture of solidarity with Wet’suwet’en people defending their territory from incursions by the RCMP and Coastal GasLink.”

The post continues that the individuals have been inspired by the fight by Wet’suwet’en and allies at the Gidimt’en Checkpoint that has been ongoing since September 25, maintaining blockades to stop drilling under Wedzin Kwa.

Recently tiny homes have even been erected at the prospective drilling site.

In the post, the individuals also pay reverence to residential school survivors, and say the current attack on Wet’suwet’en land does not take steps to reconciliation.

“We are not sure what true reconciliation would look like,” the post says.

“But we are very certain it does not look like forcibly removing Wet’suwet’en people from their territories to build fracked gas pipelines.”

The post draws attention to a current call to action for supporters to either come to the Yintah or to take a stand however they can at home.

There is a call for a week of action to begin tomorrow October 9 until October 15.

The Wet’suwet’en have seen support around Canada at several crucial periods in their fight to protect their land and say they are approaching their biggest battle yet, asking once again for support and solidarity.

#AllOutForWedzinKwa has become the hashtag associated with this movement, and protestors are asking for support by way of donation, sharing posts, pressuring government, hosting or attending a solidarity rally locally and of course actually going to the camp and demonstrating in person.

At this time there doesn’t appear to be any formal demonstration planned in Kingston to coincide with the call for a week of action.

Photo Credit: north-shore.info
Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporterhttp://ygknews.ca
Born and raised in Whitby, Ontario, Owen has been living in Kingston for about three years after starting the band Willy Nilly. Prior to that he worked at CKLB radio in Yellowknife and completed studies in Niagara College's Broadcasting program.

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