All visitors and active participants are asked to abide by these principals
This a settler and Indigenous blockade for ancient forest protection on unceded Pacheedaht territory.
This is a peaceful, respectful blockade. There is no tolerance for violent behaviour, destruction of property, or acts of aggression towards anyone.
We respect elders and are quiet when they speak. We are hospitable and caring toward elders and we honour them with our undivided attention.
We respect and acknowledge the inseparable relationship of the Pacheedaht First Nation and the land on which the blockades are located.
We expect visitors to the camps to recognize and affirm the rights and title of Pacheedaht First Nation, and to act with an appropriate level of respect.
We watch our language while at camp. Statements that dismiss the importance of respecting territory such as “I don’t care whose land I am on, I just want to protect the trees” can be harmful to Indigenous peoples. These statements contribute to the collective erasure of indigenous peoples, which is part of the process of colonization. Allowing cultural genocide to continue on the lands we aim to protect is contrary to our desire to create a safe and inclusive camp environment.
We will not bring weapons into the camp
Consumption of alcohol around the fire and communal kitchen area is discouraged. This is not a bush party. For everyone’s health and safety, it is critical to have your wits about you at all times. We respect both the needs of those who are in recovery and need a dry space to participate and those who need some comfort on the frontlines after a hard-working day and trust they will use discreetly.
We uphold the values of unity and non-violence. Many people from diverse backgrounds, politics and levels of privilege find themselves on this frontline together. We strive to create a safe space for everyone, with unity in our common purpose, front and centre in our hearts and minds.
We seek to be mindful of how our privilege, actions and attitudes can perpetuate relationships of class, gender, race/colonial, ableist and heterosexist oppression that may show up in our work and which we seek to unlearn as part of the challenge of healing our relationship to the Earth.
We take responsibility for our own needs, physical, spiritual and mental with respect for the collective well-being. Disrespectful and disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated.