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Braided Warriors Assaulted by the State for Protecting Their Land Against the Trans Mountain Pipeline

By Social Media and BHT staff

So-called Vancouver—Once again, capitalism is trying to build a poisonous pipeline on Indigenous people’s land because the colonizer knows our health, power, and wealth come from the land.

That is why this colonial, genocidal system only assaults, murders, and violates Indigenous people on their own land for its own capital interests and gains. Not only are our resources stolen and our lands pillaged and raped, but the colonizer uses our people’s labor, hard work, blood, sweat, and tears to steal our riches while the Colonized Masses live a life of hell on Earth. We are just a modern-day slave to the white man.

That is why Colonized revolutionaries have always moved in an anti-colonial way. Our ancestors could not only see but feel the oppression and exploitation from the colonizer the same way we do today. For the Colonized, there is no question that the root of all of our peoples’ struggles is colonialism. So we, the Colonized people of today, bear the same torch our revolutionary ancestors did for the last 600 years in fighting to overturn the primary contradiction all of our people face.  

Braided Warriors CHUB protest ceremony

The Braided Warriors is a collective of Indigenous youth reppin’ a different few nations and are organizing on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Doing their part in this anti-colonial struggle to carry our ancestors’ flame to our true goal—liberation for all of our people! 

The collective organized a protest where they occupied the Chubb Insurance office in so-called Vancouver and demanded that the colonial state has no consent on our lands and for the company and colonizers to stop ensuring the genocide of our people.

While protesting, the collective gathered in ceremony to play and sing the songs of their culture, their people, and their ancestors to root themselves in why we are in this fight. To give thanks and praise to our ancestors’ struggles which have led us to where we are today in this fight.

The Indigenous youth also made sure to take the time to share some political education as they projected Chairman Fred Hampton Sr’s speech, “You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution.” The Braided Warriors acknowledge the link between the African struggle for liberation and the struggle for the liberation of Turtle Island’s Indigenous people. They also took the time to listen to Kanahus Manuel speaking on the criminalization of Indigenous land defenders and Trans Mountain.

As always, the colonial state and its lackeys will never allow Colonized people to take a stand for themselves, their land, or their people and to share political education with the masses, leading to the forging of revolutionaries and our liberation. The colonizers and corporation called their attack, with pigs stealing and imprisoning four unarmed Indigenous youth during their peaceful occupation. The pigs also assaulted and brutalized other Indigenous protesters, young and old, throwing them on the ground into glass and disgracing their ceremony, medicine, and flag. 

The Braided Warriors Collective put out a media statement in response to the assault and abuses and have not asked for an internal investigation into the conduct of VPD officers on Friday the February 19th because

“VPD’s history of violence is long and ongoing, and no internal report will ever be a sufficient response to that.

Any and all complaints should be directed towards AIG, demanding they stop insuring TransMountain Pipeline Expansion.”

Black Hammer is in solidarity with the BraidedWarriors that are struggling for dictatorship over their land and all Colonized people struggling in the same fight against our oppressor. We know that it is only through Colonized Unity that we can achieve liberation for not only our own nation but all nations of Colonized people. We are building Hammer City to give back the land that the colonizers stole from Indigenous people and we won’t stop until all Colonized people have dictatorship over their lands, lives, labor, and resources!

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