This time last week, in Toronto and all across the nation we were holding space outside of TD Bank locations to give a collective call for TD Bank to be a true friend of the environment and stop bankrolling pipeline projects!
We gathered that morning with our banners, puppets, chants and our AMAZING volunteers from Greenpeace in Toronto and many other divestment and anti-pipeline community members, to stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples across the Earth, as part of the “Divest the Globe”, Global Days of Action led by Mazaska Talks, a coalition of Indigenous groups calling on banks all over the world to stop financing pipeline projects. The different actions were being live-streamed while the Mazaska Talks took place. These multi-day talks were centered around calling on banks to be more socially and environmentally responsible; calling specifically for TD Bank to stop funding Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion, Enbridge’s Line 3, TransCanada’s Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipeline; and any new tar sands projects.
Let us continue to stand together to call on TD Bank to divest their money from oil projects and step up and respect the rights of all Indigenous peoples, as clearly written in UNDRIP; and honor the rights of Indigenous peoples to have clean and safe air, land, water and continued access to the traditional territories where Indigenous peoples continue to live, hunt and collect medicines.
We need to protect whatever land, water, and creatures remain, for they contain knowledge, stories, memories and our very identity.
We cannot afford to continue to allow money to decide whose lives matter.
As the resistance moves forward, now more than ever, we need people such as yourselves to let TD know that responsible banks should not fund projects that violate Indigenous rights and undermine the well-being of our air, water, land, and wildlife.
Protect the water. Stop the pipelines. Join the resistance+
The Earth, all our Relations and I thank you+
Local Group Organizer, Greenpeace Toronto
More on Greenpeace's campaign to end tarsands: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/Energy/tarsands/