FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2017
Today, community members, First Nations and US Tribal members rally together at the annual general meeting (AGM) of Enbridge Inc to demand respect of Indigenous rights, protection of water, and life. The Indigenous groups and individuals present represent a newly forming cross-border alliance to stop Enbridge's proposed Line 3 pipeline expansion project. US Tribal members will lead a water ceremony and jingle dress dance outside the Enbridge AGM starting at 12:30pm.
Enbridge is also a major shareholder in the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project run by Dakota Access, LLC, a company directly responsible for gross human rights abuses documented by the United Nations, Amnesty International, and numerous journalistic outlets. Employees of Dakota Access employed attack dogs against unarmed men, women, and children, and carried live ammunition while law enforcement engaged in brutality. Enbridge was repeatedly informed of these ongoing abuses, but elected to allow the injuries to continue, despite its existing Aboriginal People’s Policy. Thousands witnessed and were injured.
In 2016, the Anishinaabeg and people of Minnesota defeated Enbridge’s proposed Sandpiper Project, and now stand ready to defeat Line 3. Similarly, the Enbridge...