Over the past few months, fires and floods, atmospheric rivers and heat domes, largely attributable to climate change and largely unprecedented, have left communities reeling from the impacts. People have lost their homes, their livelihoods and some have lost their lives.
At the same time, for the sake of ramming through Coastal GasLink (CGL), a fracked gas pipeline that offers no local benefits and only dwindling returns, RCMP conduct highly militarized raids on Wet’suwet’en territory, arresting land and water defenders, media witnesses, and supporters.
This destruction - raids on Wet’suwet’en territory in the name of CGL - has been going on since 2019. This destruction, a direct continuation of the colonial, extractive mandate that runs roughshod over Indigenous rights, destroys land and water and fuels climate disaster, has been going on for hundreds of years. This destruction must stop!
As Eve Saint said in a recent speech, "every time we get up, every time we stand up together, we are more powerful and they can't ignore us....We need to support each other....We all live here." What can we do? (Keep Reading to see some actions we can take now).
Land and water defenders on Gidimt'en territory, one of five clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, call for a Week of Action starting December 20th, targeting the investors of CGL. Come out and show your support at the Toronto area Defund Coastal GasLink Rally. All out for Wet’suwet’en!
When: Tuesday, December 21st, starting at 4pm
Where: RBC HQ, 180 Wellington St. W.
Featured Speaker: Eve Saint, Wet'suwet'en Land Defender
Sign-up and learn more here: https://fb.me/e/U7pgdeqa
Note: The situation with Covid-19 is getting increasingly uncertain. This rally will abide by public health guidelines, and will be a masked, and socially distanced event.
Join us as we gather to demand that RBC defund Coastal GasLink pipeline and respect Indigenous sovereignty.
Why target RBC? RBC is bankrolling and profiting off CGL pipeline, a pipeline that will destroy Wet’suwet’en territory and fuel the climate crisis. RBC is not only the lead on a 1.6 billion dollar loan to TC energy to build the CGL pipeline, it owns 8% of TC Energy.
Recently, Gidimt’en sent out a letter to CGL investors calling them to divest from CGL, and received the following disrespectful reply from RBC. Here is Gidimt’en’s response to RBC and you can also hear more about it at the Toronto area action!
If you can’t make it out to the Toronto event, check this call-out for the week of action from https://www.yintahaccess.com and this map for a solidarity action closer to you, or plan your own using the toolkit.
Other things we can do:
Amplify using this Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief’s Response to RBC Letter Tool Kit
Add your name to these letter sign ons:
JP Morgan Chase & KKR: Stop funding the Coastal GasLink pipeline
Tell RBC executives to stop financing the Coastal GasLink pipeline
Gitxsan Land Defenders Legal Fund
Or take a look at the Yintah Access toolkit for more ways you can take action.
Help stop the ongoing destruction. Let RBC know that it is already too late to get off of fossil fuels let alone profit from them. Demand an end to ongoing land theft, Indigenous rights violations and destructive extractive projects and a shift instead, to a world where land and water are protected, where Indigenous rights are protected and where seven generations into the future are protected.