The Free Prior and Informed Consent
'The Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) protocol used by the Unist’ot’en is a request of permission to enter the lands of the traditional chiefs and matriarchs. Visitors are asked to identify themselves and their relationship to the hosts, as our ancestors did. Like a border crossing, the protocol questions make Unist’ot’en land a safe place. FPIC ensures peace and security on the territory.
'In ancient times and even today in canoe journeys, and community resistance building gatherings, there exist Protocols where visiting peoples have shown who they are in relation to asking permission to enter the Traditional Lands from the Traditional Chiefs and Matriarchs of the hosting lands.
"Free Prior and Informed Consent is now also written into the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)."
Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, December 2018.
Traditional pithouse on Unist’ot’en Yintah.
Supporters on the bridge over Wedzin Kwah.
Wet’suwet’en matriarch and spokesperson, Freda Huson, arrested as RCMP enforce Coastal GasLink pipeline injunction, Feb 10, 2020. [o]
Visit the Unist'to'ten Camp website.
FOR MORE CURRENT INFORMATION on these events, see this recent article from Feb. 10, 2020 detailing the RCMP's intervention into the camp.
UNIST'TO'TEN CAMP leads a non-violent occupation of unceded Unist´ot´en territory. The camp is located at the shore of the Wedzin Kwah and mouth of the Gosnell Creek, all tributaries to the Skeena, Bulkley, and Babine Rivers. The proposed pipelines from Enbridge Northern Gateway and Pacific Trails both seek to cross the rivers at the exact point where the occupation cabin is built on the Unis’tot’en Territory of Talbits Kwah.
Photographs courtesy of Unist'ot'en Camp.