The Yinka Dene Alliance, one of the groups of First Nations opposing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, arrived in Toronto today and will be at the Enbridge Annual General Meeting tomorrow to enforce their ban on having the pipeline pass through their territories.
As part of the Freedom Train, the YDA has been travelling from their territories in northern BC, holding rallies, speaking events, feasts, and ceremonies in Jasper, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. For the final Freedom Train stop in Toronto there will be a Solidarity Concert, a water ceremony, and a rally at the Enbridge AGM.
The rally at tomorrow’s Enbridge AGM will be a clear sign of southern Ontario resistance against tar sands expansion and the pipelines as buses are organized to bring supporters from Sarnia, Guelph, and Kitchener-Waterloo to oppose the pipeline project.
For more information on why the YDA has come to Toronto to oppose the Enbridge pipeline, check out the latest article on rabble.ca.
1. Sign the Freedom Train 2012 petition, which states: We call on Parliament to recognize the decision that has been taken by the Yinka Dene Alliance and other First Nations to ban tar sands pipelines and tankers in their lands and waters – including the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project.
2. Attend the Toronto events:
Tuesday May 8
8:00 p.m. Freedom Train Solidarity Concert at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West). Admission by Donation
Wednesday May 9
– 11:45am Rally, March & Water Ceremony at David Pecaut Square near King St. & John St. (behind Metro Hall)
The closest subway station is St. Andrew Station (TTC tokens provided). A mobility vehicle will be made available for those that cannot walk the march route. For a spot in the van or for any other accessibility concerns, please email: email@example.com
– 12:30pm March from the rally – towards Endbridge AGM (Meridian Hotel, King and Victoria St.)
3. Share information about the rally and the YDA Petition
Council of Canadians staff and chapter activists have been supporting events at a number of Freedom Train stops as well as supporting calls to action. We will continue to support fights against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and associated tanker projects which would impact water, health, and livelihood of local peoples.