Call Out for Action Camp Workshop Presenters

July 13-17, 2016

The theme this year is: Strategizing to reach more people in educating about climate change and impacts to all

– From messaging via various mediums
– Fundraising campaigns that work

If you have knowledge you want to share send a bio and information on your workshop to Freda

Unist’ot’en Youth Art Camp

If you know Indigenous Youth who are talented budding Artists check this out! We have a 2 week camp coming up which will bring together notable Northwest Coast Artists (for a 50 foot and 20 foot wall mural, Interpretive Signs, Replica Bentwood boxes…). There will also be Gifted Psychiatrists & Counselors specializing in Youth Mental Wellness, Wonderful Wet’suwet’en Language Teachers, Talented Western Artists, Visionary Documentary Film Makers (Filming and Editing), Creative Crafts People, and Amazing Comic Designers.

This is a great opportunity for young Indigenous people to practice their skills, learn about our culture and meet like-minded people . The availability of spaces may soon be limited so get organizing and register yourselves or the Youth in your community now!

Art Camp poster 2016

“My Bad” and the issue of Sincere Accountabilty

Many people make mistakes. Things often get broken; Things often get lost; Things often get ruined. People who depend on those things often have to go without these things until a replacement is found. Sometimes these things seem trivial, like a 10 mm socket wrench forgotten at a worksite, or a busted handle on a BBQ lid. However sometimes these things are critical such as a vehicle engine that’s blown because someone forgot to top up the oil, or a broken window latch for a window during the coldest months of the year. Either way it’s understandable when mistakes happen.
Where things go bad is when something happens and nothing is said. The person(s) may decide it’s better to calmly walk away and pretend nothing happened. Often it’s fear that motivates one to avoid fessing up to their mistake. The fear of loosing someone’s trust is a powerful force.
Sometimes people mangle something beyond repair and may phone the owner or FB message them with a minimalist projection of the actual situation. They may hope to be gone from the scene of the incident before the owner gets back or they may sit and await and weather the storm when the owner returns.
Sometimes things are lost, broken, or ruined and the person(s) responsible may decide to just not say anything until the safety leave locale where this occurred. The owner might not notice that something is wrong until the actually need the object that was lost/broken/ruined.
None of these situations are alright. The problem is not the object, it is the accountability for those responsible. A far too common phrase used by many today us the term “MY BAD”. The term “My Bad” assumes some responsibility but it negates accountability. This is not cool. It’s not cool at all.
It is an old fashioned practice that my late father taught to me to own up to a mistake right away. Own up to a mistake and ask if there is a way for you to help remedy the situation so that trust is maintained and nurtured. This practice embeds a high level of respect and accountability. It teaches us to exercise humility and care. These are qualities which we can all benefit from.
So next time, and there will be many next times, own up to what happened right away and never use the term “My Bad”.

Healing Centre Stage 2 – Some Assembly Required

Lumber for Healing Centre Stage 2

Healing Centre Stage 2 – Some Assembly Required

Excitement is growing as Spring Work Camp 2016 is about to get underway. Some of the construction crew have already arrived and more are on the way. A friend and long-time Camp supporter sent us this picture after delivering and unloading the lumber yard order.

In addition to erecting what will be the central space for Healing Centre programs, including counselling and meeting rooms volunteer crews will work to finish Freda and Toghestiy’s pithouse and complete the renovation of the big root cellar. People will also be busy in the permaculture garden – which over the past couple of years has grown into what could almost be called a small farm.




Stop the Pipelines, Start the Music!

An evening in support of the Unist’ot’en Camp featuring Five Alarm Funk, The Boom Booms, Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron, and Ta’Kaiya Blaney

event page:

Tickets $20 in advance online at
Advance tickets also at Zulu, Red Cat and Highlife record stores
$25 at the door

April 1 fundraiser poster

Plow Truck at Work!

In November we reported that thanks to supporters like you we were able to purchase a snowplow equipped F-250 truck for the Camp just before the winter snows came to the north.

Recently our friend who arranged the purchase and a few minor repairs – truck needed some brake work and new oil pan – sent us pictures of the snowplow at work. He reports that with tire chains and a load of sand in the back for traction the vehicle does great, even on the hills.

Now the Unist’ot’en don’t ever have to worry about getting snowed in or volunteers not getting through except by snowmobile relay. Freda and Toghestiy have learned how to operate the plow and the manual transmission and are really enjoying it.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the fundraising campaign. Enjoy these pictures of seeing your efforts and contributions at work!

November at the Camp

Three members of the Unist’ot’en Solidarity Brigade spent a couple of weeks at the Camp in early November. It was great to be able to pitch in to the work of getting the Camp ready for the northern winter. Seems the snow that fell as two of us headed home last Friday has hung around with more following – so our timing was good.

Water pipes to the Healing Centre and Bunkhouse were backfilled to prevent freezing and more importantly we built a small guardhouse at the bridge so people on duty in the cold winter months  have warmth and shelter as they do their shifts. Thankfully one of our group – Judy – is a retired carpenter with the skills to design the structure and lead the construction crew. Thanks to everyone who helped out on this and other projects.

Having the Healing Centre kitchen and hall is a fantastic addition. Not just for cooking and eating meals but as a relaxation space for those increasingly long evenings when darkness brings work to a halt early. Learned how to play Texas Hold’em and tutored others in Crib. A word of warning though for future visitors; don’t play an “x” for a double letter, triple word score or you too may be banned from ever playing Scrabble again anywhere on Wet’sutwet’en territory. lol