Stand with Standing Rock: Montrealers in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline
MONTREAL, QUÉBEC: On November 7th, join hundreds of Montrealers (see Facebook event here) in a peaceful protest at 12pm (noon) at Square Victoria in solidarity with the water defenders and frontline indigenous communities of Standing Rock.
Since this summer, thousands of people–mostly First Nations–have gathered on Sioux treaty lands and have faced down human rights abuses from police and private security contractors in their resistance of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
The DAPL is a massive fracked-oil pipeline being organized by a group of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies and banks, a project in violation of 19th century treaties between the U.S. and the Great Sioux Nation and the Arapaho Nation. Also, the DAPL will destroy sacred sites, worsen climate change and be laid underneath the Missouri River, putting the freshwater supply for eight million people at risk.
Canada’s connection with the Dakota Access pipeline comes from RBC, TD and Scotia Bank investments in the project. For that reason, the march will end up at Place Ville Marie, the Montreal location for TD Securities’ main office. The Caisse de Dépôt et Placement is also connected, having $60.2 million in investments in Enbridge Energy Partners, a Canadian company that owns around 18% of Dakota Access LLC, the subsidiary company building DAPL.
This action will involve a stop at these three large banks. Marchers will be invited to go into their banks and shut down their accounts or present a notice to their bank managers stating that if the bank does not divest from this pipeline within one week, they will close their accounts and transfer their funds.