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Stop the invasion of Wet’suwet’en Territory

November 19, 2019

A loud and militant crowd marched through the financial district of Toronto to oppose the Coastal GasLink/TC energy pipeline which will carry fracked gas through the unceded territory of the Wet’suwet’en people in BC. The target of the protest was a shareholders meeting by TC Energy who were to hear an update from company executives about how much money they were making from this massively destructive project.

The event was organized by the Porcupine Warriors, a collective of Indigenous land defenders and water protectors. They are calling for the banks to divest from the project and to “end the colonial violence of the company and the state.”

The Wet’suwet’en people who have fought against the pipeline have been attacked by militarized police with many arrested and numerous injuries. But they are not giving up. All five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline projects and continue to blockade the route.

According to Eve Saint from the Porcupine warriors, “The Wet’suwet’en Nation is still under attack, the RCMP and TC Energy are denying and controlling Wet’suwet’en peoples’ access to our territories! It’s time to divest! Stand with Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs and say “No” to the Coastal GasLink Pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory.”

The event began with a rally at the Royal Bank Building on Front Street and moved though the canyons of the financial district to target both TD bank and RBC - both of which have investments in the pipelines.

Speakers called out the banks, government and the RCMP for committing cultural genocide against indigenous people by violently forcing the pipeline through unceded lands. Despite Trudeau’s talk of reconciliation, the government is still attacking Indigenous peoples at gunpoint for protecting their lands.

It will be crucial for all to build solidarity with Wet’suwet’en in the coming days and months to stop further attacks from the state.

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