War of words: Experts say the Wet’suwet’en actions are being mangled with loaded vocabulary

Article Link: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/02/15/war-of-words-experts-say-the-wetsuweten-actions-are-being-mangled-with-loaded-vocabulary.html

Discussion posted by: Rebeater

“I feel that they are using incorrect language and … misrepresenting the situation at hand,” said Minoose, who was one of the land defenders arrested at Port Vancouver on Monday. Minoose said words such as “protester” and “demonstrator” do not accurately portray the work being done to protect traditional Indigenous culture — which is inextricably tied to land and water. In a news release Feb. 12, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) called the RCMP’s actions “unlawful invasion.” Minoose said she doesn’t think the media should use the term “enforcement.” “When they report that, it just proves that they do not understand Indigenous governance,” she said.