Moderator Richard Bott and Indigenous Ministries and Justice Executive Minister Maggie Dieter have written to Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister of Indigenous-Crown Relations Carolyn Bennett, and BC Premier John Horgan to express the United Church’s support of free, prior, and informed consent with respect to events on Wet’suwet’en territory.

They also noted the church’s prayer for “calmness, compassion, and restraint” in resolving such issues.

The Moderator had previously issued a prayer for Wet’suwet’en, and church members are being urged to take action by using this prayer, participating in solidarity actions, and contacting elected representatives about the situation.