In Photos: UBC students in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Here are some student demonstrations, in photos.

In the past few weeks, UBC students have held sit-ins, blocked traffic and set up public art as part a national movement in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en.

These demonstrations came amidst a breakdown in talks between the BC government and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs — who have not consented to the Coastal Gaslink natural gas pipeline’s route — in January and a series of arrests in early February by the RCMP of Wet’suwet’en land defenders.

Here are some of the student demonstrations, in photos:

January 20: UBCC350 open letter calls on campus community to support Wet’suwet’en

Student painted the Cairn to show solidarity with Wet'suwet'en.
Student painted the Cairn to show solidarity with Wet'suwet'en. File Diego Lozano

January 28: Students protest MLA office in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en, three arrested

Inside Eby's office, protesters passed the time playing card games, talking intently and strumming chords on a guitar.
Inside Eby's office, protesters passed the time playing card games, talking intently and strumming chords on a guitar. File Sophie Galloway
Three students were arrested for mischief and were released later in the evening with a court date.
Three students were arrested for mischief and were released later in the evening with a court date. File Elizabeth Wang

February 12: Students set up art installation in front of Reconciliation Pole in support of Wet’suwet’en land defenders

Students set up the art installation with hope to open up more dialogues about Wet'suwet'en on campus.
Students set up the art installation with hope to open up more dialogues about Wet'suwet'en on campus. File Salomon Micko Benrimoh
Another student-made sign at the art installation.
Another student-made sign at the art installation. File Salomon Micko Benrimoh

February 13: Wet’suwet’en demonstrators block Wesbrook Mall and University Boulevard intersection

UBC students blocking University Blvd in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en.
UBC students blocking University Blvd in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en. File Sarah Zhao
Demonstrators say the blockade forces people to think about what’s going on in Wet'suwet'en territory.
Demonstrators say the blockade forces people to think about what’s going on in Wet'suwet'en territory. File Sarah Zhao
Traffic towards the UBC Bus Loop was at a standstill on Wesbrook Mall and University Boulevard, and several buses were rerouted.
Traffic towards the UBC Bus Loop was at a standstill on Wesbrook Mall and University Boulevard, and several buses were rerouted. File Sarah Zhao

February 13: Students once again occupy MLA office to raise demands in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Students putting up signs on David Eby’s Kitsilano office.
Students putting up signs on David Eby’s Kitsilano office. File Diego Lozano
Speaker Herb Varley speaking near the beginning of the sit-in.
Speaker Herb Varley speaking near the beginning of the sit-in. File Diego Lozano
Demonstrators taped their demands onto a desktop.
Demonstrators taped their demands onto a desktop. File Alex Nguyen

But this is not the first year UBC students have demonstrated and organized in support of Wet’suwet’en land defenders.

January 8, 2019: Hundreds march in support of Wet’suwet’en anti-pipeline camp

Protestors marched from the provincial courthouse to Victory Square, chanting support for Indigenous sovereignty and decrying the pipeline’s construction.
Protestors marched from the provincial courthouse to Victory Square, chanting support for Indigenous sovereignty and decrying the pipeline’s construction. File Elizabeth Wang
The rally, one of many across Canada, came a day after the Unist’to’ten camp was raided by the RCMP under a supreme court injunction for blocking the path of a 670-kilometre LNG Coastal GasLink pipeline.
The rally, one of many across Canada, came a day after the Unist’to’ten camp was raided by the RCMP under a supreme court injunction for blocking the path of a 670-kilometre LNG Coastal GasLink pipeline. File Elizabeth Wang

February 12, 2019: Indigenous-led art event raises $750 for Wet’suwet’en legal defence fund

Indigenous student groups raised $750 to support the Wet’suwet’en legal defence fund through their art event.
Indigenous student groups raised $750 to support the Wet’suwet’en legal defence fund through their art event. File Zubair Hirji