Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have fought for many years to keep three pipelines from running through their land in northern B.C. At stake, the protesters say, is their way of life, their culture and their system of governance which was recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark Delgamuukw decision in 1997.
It is important in times of crisis to look to history for solutions. The model of Second World War mobilization in Canada demonstrates the incredible capacity of people and society to change rapidly, to adapt and plan and to successfully navigate and survive crises.
In place of the elite, nimble fact-checking bureau Premier Jason Kenney had promised for Alberta’s oil and gas sector, the war room appears instead to be building the media equivalent of a roaring $30-million bonfire of government money in front of the legislature.