Exclusion zone in Wet’suwet’en territory runs counter to UNDRIP commitments

The Hospital Employees’ Union is committed to human rights and to the social justice principles contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

In the spirit of this international commitment, we urge all levels of government and the RCMP to renew dialogue with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary leadership.

Efforts to renew negotiations are undermined by the continued enforcement of an exclusion zone which denies access by the Wet’suwet’en people to their traditional and unceded territories, prevents media from providing transparent coverage on developments, and which increases the likelihood of further escalation and violence.

See also: "Path forward with Wet’suwet’en must respect established rights and obligations, January 28, 2019”