The Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en land defenders aren’t just fighting pipelines, they’re fighting for a way of life.

The Hereditary Chiefs are the voices of their clans, collectively they represent the voices of the Wet’suwet’en people. (All photos by Michael Toledano)

I am a Tlingit land defender, an anti-colonial organizer and scholar, and a neighbour to the Wet’suwet’en people. I do not speak on their behalf, but as a supporter who has been returning to Unist’ot’en Village to help build their land-based Healing Centre and traditional territory re-occupation since 2015. I have been on site full-time since December 2018.

We wake up early, pull clothes over our winter underlayers. Gather in the dining hall of the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre as dawn breaks. We hear there are police amassing in Houston, the nearest town, that they are headed up the logging road…

Anne Spice

Anne Spice is a Tlingit PhD candidate, anthropological shit-disturber, and sometimes-poet.

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