Secwepemc People hold Ceremony at TMX Drill Site on Thompson River
Thursday, Oct 15, 2020
The Secwepemc Nation meets in ceremony from the sacred fire today at the Transmountain pipeline drill site at the Thompson River. A former Transmountain engineer has been visiting our gathering place and sacred fire to survey the speed and lack of safety the Transmountain pipeline is being built with and has noted rusting pipes after the large amounts of rain in this area and a drill site that is not appropriately secured for the work the company is currently engaged in.
The ceremony being conducted today is being done as a message to the People of the Secwepemc Nation that we stand together here for our water, wild salmon, our fire, and for this ceremony. We uphold our responsibility which is one that no member of our Nation can turn away from. The drilling has been taking place all day and night and we have observed that the pipes are now welded together and ready to be pulled through the tunnel under the river and that they most likely will be putting it through today.
The Transmountain pipeline has no consent to wreak havoc and destruction on Secwepemc Territory and despite a weeks long sacred fire lit and a Cease and Desist Order being issued to the Transmountain pipeline corporation, work has continued until this morning and must be stopped. Secwepemc Territory is unceded and unsurrendered, there are no treaties here that allow the jurisdiction of provincial or federal government to have any authority here. We stand on the Shuswap Okanagan Confederacy that clearly sets out the legal framework disallowing any outside parties or entities to sign, cede or surrender our territory on our behalf.
We follow the leadership of our Hereditary Chiefs, our Elders and our sacred fire and we stand in solidarity with our allies in Unist’ot’en Territory who are also defending their river, the Wedzin Kwa from being drilled under by Coastal Gas Link.
The presence of our traditional allies from the grassroots people of the Nlaka’pamux grassroots have been constant, and we stand in support with their struggle to protect their clean water, their hunting grounds and their unceded territory. We support their struggle to protect the Coquihalla Mountains and wherever they stand up to protect.