Indigenous Youth and the Caravan to Unis'tot'en Camp

Unis’tot’en Camp is an indigenous re-occupation of Wet'suwet'en land in northern BC, Canada. Its log cabin, traditional pit house, and forest permaculture garden stand squarely in the path of the pipeline route to the North Coast port of Kitimat. The campers are blocking the way for two proposed gas pipelines and the Enbridge Northern Gateway tarsands pipeline. Forest Action Network is supporting the camp with gear, food, volunteers, and supplies.

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This summer, a group of young people is traveling from Six Nations and Aamjiwnaang territory to participate in the 2014 Unis'tot'en Action Camp. Supporters have the opportunity to sponsor these deserving young people. Contribute by mail: VIC FAN c/o Underhill Boies Parker Law, 816-1175 Douglas St, Victoria BC V8W 2E1.


Since 2012, hundreds of people from across Turtle Island have given hands-on support to the camp by volunteering, donating, and gathering supplies. Forest Action Network, a small non-profit group in Victoria BC, is helping coordinate the donation drive. All of the funds raised go directly to the caravan. FAN is 100% volunteer-run.

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This year, we're pleased to sponsor a group of young people and an adult leader from Six Nations and Aamjiwnaang territory to participate in the 2014 Unis'tot'en Action Camp. Supporters who may not be able to attend the camp themselves have the chance to support deserving indigenous youth to join the camp.

This initiative was launched by two retired ladies in the Fernwood neighbourhood of Victoria who are pledging to raise enough to sponsor ten young people at an estimated $500 each. Any additional funds will go to food and supplies for the camp.

The camp needs volunteers year-round and especially this spring and summer. Supporters can sign up here and find out more. The spring work camp runs May 12-30 and the summer Caravan to Unis'tot'en Camp leaves from Victoria BC July 13 and returns July 22.

This summer, the campers are building a brand new bunkhouse, finishing the traditional pithouse, and expanding the permaculture garden. Along with doing good work, they are sharing skills and resources for critical thinking and inner strength.

Thank you for supporting this community initiative!

Photos by Aaron Lakoff. Aamjiwnaang. Mohawk, and Wetsu'wet'en youth at Unis'tot'en Camp 2013

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