Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Activists fight fossil-fuel pipeline


March 22, 2021

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Citizens of Canada’s First Nations and their allies are mounting last-ditch challenges to two massive fossil fuel pipelines that already are under construction and have strong government backing.

In campaigns reminiscent of the Standing Rock protests in the U.S. Great Plains, the anti-pipeline actions in Canada’s far West feature acts of civil disobedience including blockading roads and construction sites, and coordinated campaigns against banks and underwriters that are financing the pipelines. Dozens of protesters have been arrested. But they say they are determined to continue their resistance.

“We have to protect the land and the water no matter what. Our survival depends on it,” said Mike McKenzie, an anti-pipeline activist who is a citizen of the Secwepemc Nation. He said he had to move off his ancestral territory to escape harassment by local law enforcement.


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