Canadian tribes take oil pipeline protest to Bank of Montreal AGM

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Members of several Canadian indigenous tribal nations opposed plans for an 800-mile oil pipeline with a  rally outside and spokesmen appearing inside the Bank of Montreal’s Annual General Meeting last week in Vancouver.

They intervened at the Bank of Montreal (BMO) annual shareholders meeting to tell the bank not to finance Enbridge or the company’s Northern Gateway pipeline project. According to the Yinka Dene Alliance, BMO has raised over $286 million for Enbridge and its related companies since 2007.

The proposed 1,200km Northern Gateway oil pipeline would transport half a million barrels of tar sands bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat, BC. The proposed twin pipelines’ 30m-wide right-of-way would cross hundreds of rivers, streams, and watersheds along its route through numerous unceded Indigenous territories, the protesters said.

“We don’t want Enbridge. We don’t want pipelines. We don’t want tankers on the coast,” Telqua, a Wet’suwet’en grassroots activist, told rally participants gathered in front of the AGM.

For details, read the The Vancouver Media Co-op: No Consent? No Pipeline!

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