The Norwegian Sami Association (NSR) asks Canadian PM Justin Trudeau respect Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and halt the violence against Wet’suwet’en protestors.
– The Norwegian Sami Association is concerned about the Canadian governments excessive use of force against our indigenous brothers and sisters of the Wet’suwet’en people, says Runar Myrnes Balto, leader of the Norwegian Sami Association.
The association has issued a statement of solidarity after the Canadian police last week attacked a Wet’suwet’en blockade, one of many First Nations of Canada, blocking the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Coloumbia.
– Pictures of armed police tearing down blockades and arresting peaceful First Nation activist resemble a time before human rights and reconciliation, a past I had hoped would be in the past, Myrnes Balto continues.
The Norwegian Sami are now appealing to the Canadian PM through a letter to the Canadian Embassy in Norway.
– We appeal to the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian Government, to respect the civil rights of the Wet’suwet’en activists, and the rights of the Wet´suwet´en people to self-determination and free, prior and informed consent, Myrnes Balto concludes.