By Decolonial Solidarity Ottawa
Wave of mobilization against RBC in support of Wet’suwet’en sovereignty
More than 35 Decolonial Solidarity groups across Canada, the US, and Europe are mobilizing to protest the Royal Bank of Canada’s funding of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, in response to an online call for allyship from the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who have been opposing the pipeline since it was proposed in 2012.
Despite their efforts to be heard, despite the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1997 Delgamuukw decision recognizing Wet’suwet’en title, and despite a Memorandum of Understanding in 2020 agreed in February and signed in May by the BC Government, the federal government and hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs regarding respect for title (in response to the widespread #shutdowncanada mobilization), pipeline construction has gone ahead, cutting through Wet’suwet’en lands and now drilling beneath the river Wedzin Kwa which is their source of potable water and livelihood. Wet’suwet’en protesters peacefully occupying their land have been arrested. The BC Government has charged TC Energy (builders of the Coastal GasLink) with hundreds of environmental violations and with two fines (the latest of $75,000) while RBC continues to invest billions of its clients’ money in this fossil fuel expansion….
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