PSAC 610 Supports the Standing Rock Movement
This week, the water protectors at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota won an important victory against the fossil fuel industry and their enablers in both government and the financial industry. After months of determined struggle, the water protectors stopped (at least for now) the dangerous and destructive Dakota Access Pipeline project.
Faced with hostile governments and often brutal police violence, they stood their ground, drawing support from thousands of fellow water protectors, mostly from Indigenous nations across the continent, as well as from labour and social justice organizations. Together, they proved that struggle and solidarity can effectively oppose environmental racism and push back against corporate power.
Here in Southwestern Ontario, Indigenous communities and other environmental justice advocates are determined to put a stop to the similarly dangerous and destructive Line 9 pipeline project, which is being pushed through without consultation or consent of affected First Nations communities, including Chippewas of the Thames, Oneidas of the Thames, Munsee Delaware Nation, and Aamjiwnaang First Nation. In a show of solidarity, several local community organizations, including Idle No More London, Climate Justice London, Council of Canadians London Chapter, and the London Common Front, are coming together to demand that Canadian banks like TD Securities, which invests $365,000,00 in the Dakota Access Pipeline project, immediately end their financial support for environmental racism.
We, PSAC Local 610 as an academic union in London, are supporting the campaign and inviting our members to participate actively on the demonstration.
The demonstration will assemble at 1pm, Saturday 10 December, at the Peace Park (also known as Labour Memorial Park, at the Forks, where King Street and York Street meet). After listening to a number of Indigenous speakers, and hopefully some drummers and singers from local First Nations communities, we will march to a downtown financial institution, to draw attention the fact that Canadian banks continue to invest in the Dakota Access Pipeline project, notably the $365,000,000 invested in the project by TD Securities, a subsidiary of TD Group.
A poster for the event can be viewed here: https://stevedarcy.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/nodapl-solidarity-demo