Solidarity Protest against Line 3 held outside of RBC – The McGill Daily

Solidarity Protest against Line 3 held outside of RBC – The McGill Daily

by ahnationtalk on September 1, 202154 Views

September 1, 2021

On Friday, August 20, organizers clad in jean jackets and bandannas which read “We are here to protect the water, stop line 3,” gathered outside of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) at Place Ville-Marie. Their purpose was to bring awareness to RBC’s substantial funding of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline in Mní Sóta Maḳoce, or what is currently Minnesota. Though the pipeline has recently been publicized due to the Line 3 replacement project and the protests associated with it, Line 3 has been in existence since the 1960’s – it was the cause of America’s largest ever inland oil spill in 1991. Thus, demonstrators wrote the slogan “RBC funds climate crisis” in chalk outside of the RBC building to draw attention to the disastrous effects that pipelines have on the environment.

Organizers drew a connection between the fossil fuel industry and colonialism: “We recognize the connections between fossil fuels, colonialism, and extractionism,” they stated in a land acknowledgement. The land acknowledgement was followed by three speakers, each of whom spoke about the impact Line 3 would have on Indigenous communities and RBC’s role in the construction of the pipeline.

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