The Front Lines. 

"There was so much intensity and intimacy at the blockades." Whess Harman 

Before Covid-19 halted #shutdowncanada movements, these
allies stood in solidarity with Wetsu'wet'en Hereditary leadership on the front lines.
"The front line refers to direct action to oppose the colonial state" Tapioca Starch. 

Whess Harman began posting Instagram updates as they stood on the "front lines" of solidarity actions in Vancouver and Victoria. 

 "I was doing updates with time stamps, resources that were there, what was needed. It also became a point of contact for people." 

For Harman, being on the front lines was personal at first as they hail from the neighboring Wit'at nation. "I grew up in Smithers and it is land that took care of me."

They add that the larger overview of #shutdowncanada is Wet'suwet'en sovereignty and the continuing advocacy of their own rights, to govern themselves as they see fit, on their own land sets a precedent for every Indigenous nation. 

Tarene Thomas was arrested at the Vancouver Port Blockade on February 10 alongside 42 others. "I put myself in that situation because at that point in time, having solidarity with Wet'suwet'en was more important than the possibility of me getting injured or arrested."

Thomas says her involvement was personal at first, as her nation is close to Wetsu'wet'en territory but it has changed. 

"It’s about Wet'suwet'en but its also bigger than that. It is about indigenous people in Canada as a whole. That’s where the movement is for me."


"It was draining. It was draining and it was also amazing at the same time. I learned so much and came away with so much new community throughout the 6 weeks that these actions were happening."

Elora Adamson is behind @tapioca_starch Instagram account. Her account became a source of information and contact during the occupations at the B.C Legislative Assembly in Victoria. 

"I took on a role of publicizing everything that was going on just because there needed to be sources that were correct" she says.