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(This photo is by Amber Bracken, who was arrested by the RCMP for reporting on this story)

Scholar Strike Canada expresses solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs, and all those aligned with them, who are facing violence and dispossession by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Coastal GasLink (CGL).  The Wet’suwet’en and their allies are protecting their yintah (traditional lands) against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Coastal Gaslink (CGL) and the Provincial government’s invasions of unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. On Nov 18th and 19th, 32 people were arrested during brutal militarized RCMP raids on Gidim’ten Territory. Wet’suweten people were violently removed from their own lands to pave the way for the fracking industry. These government and corporate sponsored military actions are taking place in the midst of unprecedented climate induced floods, storms and a provincial state of emergency. CGL, backed by the federal and provincial governments, is using the RCMP to force their interests onto Wet’suwet’en lands. This is an affront to First Nations sovereignty and a violation of Indigenous law and Canadian law - a 1997 Supreme Court decision recognized the Wet’suwet’en title to their land and their constitutional right to control their own land and resources. The militarized incursion and arrest of Wet’suwete’en people on their own territory is also a transgression of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). This recent spate of colonial violence is the same genocidal violence that has been going on for 500 years. Political policing enforcing the interests of the rich to destroy this planet and dispossess Indigenous people from their land.


Just before her arrest, Sleydo’ Molly Wickham, a Gidimt’en Clan member said: “The Wet’suwet’en people, under the governance of their Hereditary Chiefs, are standing in the way of the largest fracking project in Canadian history. Our medicines, our berries, our food, the animals, our water, our culture, our homes are all here since time immemorial. We will never abandon our children to live in a world with no clean water. We uphold our ancestral responsibilities. There will be no pipelines on Wet'suwet'en territory.”


Please sign and circulate this Open Letter in support of Wet'suwet'en land defenders by by Academics Against the Invasion of Wet’suwet’en Territory. The letter was written by Susan Blight, Glen Coulthard, Shiri Pasternak, Anna Zalik and other colleagues. You can add your name and affiliation to the letter on this google form.

Because google form does not permit hyperlinks, the letter is also visible with some informational hyperlinks (but without signatories) at this link.


Also please Donate to Gidimt’en Legal Defense Fund.


For latest updates:

Gidimt’en Checkpoint Facebook page

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Scholar Strike Canada applauds the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) for standing up for academic freedom on Palestine by opposing the controversial IHRA working definition of antisemitism. A resolution adopted unanimously by delegates at the CAUT’s Council Meeting on Nov. 26th, takes a strong position against the IHRA definition, which conflates criticism and protest of Israel with antisemitism and is widely understood as a threat to academic freedom. The resolution was moved by the Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA) and seconded by the Syndicat général des professeurs et professeures de l’Université de Montréal (SGPUM). CAUT represents more than 70,000 faculty and academic staff in Canada.


CAUT has stated that it “opposes” the adoption of the IHRA definition by Canadian academic institutions, “supports the academic freedom of its members and recognizes the need to safeguard the rights of scholars to critique all states, including the state of Israel, without fear of outside political influence, cuts to funding, censorship, harassment, threats, and intimidation.” 


CAUT’s resolution follows similar motions adopted by more than thirty faculty associations and academic unions across Canada, as well as by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).


The IHRA definition of anti-semitism has been produced in the midst of a global campaign to silence criticism of the State of Israel and suppress support for Palestinian people. Scholars who have been mislabelled as antisemitic in this context include: Edward Said, Rabab Abdulhadi, Nadia Abu El-Haj, Steven Salaita, Norman Finkelstein, , Angela Y. Davis, Marc Lamont Hill, Jasbir K. Puar, Nick Estes, Cornell West, Achille Mbembe, and many others.


As an individual scholar, you can join the +600 scholars who have signed the Open Letter by Canadian Academics Opposing the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism, organized by the Independent Jewish Voices of Canada. Please also disseminate this open letter amongst your colleagues.

More information can be found here :  

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1,200 University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) members have been on strike since November 2. The U of M’s professor’s, librarians, and instructors have had their wages frozen for five years. UMFA members rank second-last of Canada’s largest 15 research universities. The University of Manitoba just posted a large surplus in their recent fiscal report.

Working conditions are learning conditions. The university administrators can fairly compensate UMFA members, but have chosen to allow the provincial government to continue interfering in negotiations. The provincial PC government has imposed an unreasonably low cap on wages. Government interference makes free and fair bargaining impossible.

“While we are dismayed that the University’s President Michael Bennaroch refused to protect the independence of the university, we are equally disappointed that the provincial government continues to interfere in our negotiations by imposing their wage mandate,” said Orvie Dingwall, UMFA President.

The Government of Manitoba continues to interfere with free collective bargaining between the University of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA), putting the future of public education in Manitoba in jeopardy.  

The government's interference has led to a breakdown in negotiations and has forced a strike. 
Add your voice in support of UMFA and join the call for the provincial government to take immediately withdraw its imposed bargaining mandate and allow UMFA and the University to bargain in good faith so they can reach a fair and mutually agreeable deal.