Climate Justice Alliance Will Hold ‘Intersectional, Nationwide’ Invasion of Kinder Morgan Summit

The groups say the government, through the National Energy Board, has been “illegally expropriating” Wet’suwet’en land for a pipeline and has failed to fully consult or live up to its Indigenous obligations. Wet’suwet’en, they say, is the last Canadian Indigenous community that has been able to practice their cultural and spiritual practices on the lands on which the pipeline project is being built.

The Indigenous People’s Climate Change Justice Alliance is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “reverse the national energy board’s unlawful expropriation order.”

At an event held at the Gardiner Museum on Thursday, activists from the umbrella organization spoke about their plans for solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people and the project’s ongoing threats.

A large contingent of the Greater Toronto Area’s environmental community was in attendance, including representatives from the Stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and Stop the LNG Canada expansion. Dozens of protesters wearing shirts reading “Stop the Pipeline! Protect Our Planet!” and “Wet’suwet’en Stay, BC Polluters Go Home” (in English and B.C.) rose from a circle around the gallery where organizers were announcing their plans for the demonstration. A few numbers of police officers stood by, facing the theater.

In an event titled “Canvas to Pulp: A Call for Earth Justice and Solidarity,” group members displayed a colorful bioluminescent circle. At one point, a woman behind a microphone read a statement from the representative of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation. “We want peace. We want to see this end,” the speaker said. “We don’t want the lives of our people endangered, contaminated or isolated.”

The audience shouted out suggestions for changing the order, and suggested that if the pipeline is not stopped, the mission of these protests is complete.

To that end, a stall is being planned for today’s meeting of the National Energy Board where they aim to “plead their case.” Local activists say they will also gather outside the meeting with their peace symbol.

Read the full story at Torontoist.

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