Please read and sign this letter requesting that Crown Prosecutors drop all charges against the concerned citizens targeted by Hamilton police while standing in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en water protectors. Use the form at the bottom of this page to add your name!
Ontario Court of Justice
To Whom it May Concern;
In the last few years the number of charges Hamilton Police are laying against protesters using civil disobedience within their environmental campaigns has ramped up. We have especially noticed this regarding individuals involved in protests or actions that are in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people, who are protecting their territory in BC.
The Wet’suwet’en are an Indigenous Nation who have not ceded their territory, as recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada in Delgamuukw v British Columbia,  3 SCR 1010, and so – as laid out within that ruling - retain their right to control what happens on their territory. Unfortunately, a corporation is constructing a large pipeline through their territory that will detrimentally contribute to climate change, risk the Wet’suwet’en people, as well as cause permanent destruction to the land, water, cultural areas and history.
We voice our great concern to you – the office of the crown prosecution – over the increased frequency of charges being laid by Hamilton Police against individuals who stand with this Indigenous Nation. It appears to us - the signatories of this letter - that the police, and court by way of choosing to prosecute individuals unnecessarily, are working to criminalize the act of protesting and deter individuals’ support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.
Disruption and dissent have - and continue to be - essential to the betterment of our Nation.
We believe that continuing to prosecute Shawn Selway and Patricia Mills - individuals who have both been charged with mischief for their alleged actions in solidarity with the Wet’sweut’en - to be inherently against the public interest which the crown is tasked to represent.
In particular, we believe that pursuing new charges against Shawn Selway for allegedly painting a road in Hamilton in support of the Wet’suwet’en as he battles stage 4 cancer is unconscionable and should not be continued within the process of the courts. To do so risks even the basic public respect for the courts and our legal system.
We – the writers and signatories of this letter – encourage you to drop all charges against these two people. We understand that this ability – and responsibility - now lies solely with the crown. We also understand that extensive precedent exists to allow the crown to withdraw charges that are not in the best interest of the public to pursue. Public concern and encouragement has led to the dropping of charges against police officers, journalists, and houseless individuals who were over-ticketed.
Please respect the right to protest and consider the better public good. Drop the charges.
Signatories are listed below
Jim Quinn, Professor, McMaster University.
Don McLean, Hamilton Gallery of Distinction; Honourary Doctor of Laws
Nathan Savelli, Master of Arts
Atif Kubursi, Emeritus Professor McMaster University
Ken Stone, Treasurer, Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War
Bruce Allen, Paralegal
Ali Jones, BSW
Max Brett, Teacher
Joshua Tabh, PhD. Environmental and Life Sciences
Omorowa Eguakun, Coordinator of Volunteer Programming and Community Engagement, OPIRG Guelph
Dr. Egla Martinez, Associate professor, Human Rights and Social Justice, Carleton University
Brian Dias, Unifor Delegate Local 1459
Jessica Vorstermans, PhD, School of Health Policy & Management, York University
Catherine Clase, Professor of Medicine, McMaster University
Arlene Slocombe, Executive Director - Water Watchers
Bryce Kanbara, You Me Gallery
Catherine Brown, MA, MEd, B.Ed, retired teacher
Kay Basham, Member of Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War
Cynthia Meyer, Cofounder of Community Permaculture Lab
Amy Gowling, R/TRO
Dr. George Sorger
RACHELLE SENDER, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Veronique Audette, Charity Directorate, the Ascension Foundation
Susan Wortman, BSc, MLIS, Registered Psychotherapist
Rose Janson, MA
Peter and Shirley Hutton
Darren Ranawaka, McMaster University Student
Sue Markey, Retired teacher
Roberta McGregor, Masters degree in Anthropology/President and Volunteer Coordinator for Recycling Revisited Inc.
Douglas Rich USWA LU.1005, Retired
Kathleen Chung, MA, University of Toronto
Leanne Grieves, PhD
David Mivasair, Rabbi
Maia De Graff
Susan Radford, BSc. BSW
Linda Lannigan, Fix Our World
Cole Nielsen, Student
Nala Ismacil, Torch - Toronto Coalition for Housing
Souheil Benslimane, Abolitionist
Sherly Kyorkis, Ward 7 Resident, Hamilton
Lorraine Green, Co-Chair, Grandmothers Act to Save the Planet GASP
Kayla Hagerty, B.A
Kostyn Petrunick, B.A., M.A.
Rachelle Gibbs, RECE
Gillian Fenwick, BSocSc Public Administration; Co-Chair of the Capital Pride Youth Committee
Meaghan Ross, Staff, Southern Ontario Human Rights and Equity Office
Shelley Stevens, B.A. M.Ed.
Sarah Perkins, OMP, M.OMSc, B.Sc, Co-Director of Flourish Therapy Practices
M Davies RPN
Susie O'Brien, Professor, McMaster University
Mymoon Bhuiyan, Project Coordinator Mac Divest
Stephanie Springgay Director, School of the Arts McMaster
Nafisa Afsara Chowdhury
Alex Wagstaffe, PhD student McMaster University
Hannah van den Bosch, MA
Marika Brown, PhD Candidate & Instructor, McMaster University
Wei Chun Kua
Alexandra (Oliver) Basekic, Poet, academic
Don Wells, Professor Emeritus, Labour Studies & Political Science, McMaster University
Emily Scherzinger, Instructor, McMaster University
Linzey Corridon, PhD Researcher, McMaster University
Art Heidebrecht, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University
Elizabeth Ann Martin
Laëtitia Eyssartel, Resident of Hamilton
Johannah Bird, PhD Candidate, McMaster University
Sonia Persaud, PhD Candidate,
Robyn Vardy, B.A. Social Psychology. M.A. Counselling Psychology
Mary Love, Master of Information Science
Aseel Sultan, McMaster University Student
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