August 12, 2021 (Ada’itsx, Fairy Creek): Since Monday, August 9, almost 90 protesters have been arrested at Fairy Creek during RCMP raids undertaken in military style. Many officers wear the banned Thin Blue Line badges further intimidating people of colour. Among those arrested is one of Fairy Creek’s Indigenous leaders known as Rainbow Eyes, a pseudonym used for her safety. Since the beginning of the blockade, Rainbow Eyes and other Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) have reported being singled out. With a strong voice as an Indigenous land defender, Rainbow Eyes believes she’s consistently at greater risk because of her ancestral roots.
“The Thin Blue Line badges they wear on their uniforms are a symbol of hate and the oppression of my people. I have zero per cent trust in the RCMP in terms of my safety and the safety of my Indigenous brothers and sisters,” says Rainbow Eyes.