Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

 I like the sound of that. I was having issues with the Happy National Aboriginal Day!

It definitely should be a holiday, and definitely needs renaming!!

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

"Education and awareness are two steps that lead to understanding that should lead to action," he said. "Having a statutory holiday for Indigenous Peoples Day is a way of educating Canadians, it's an opportunity to listen and learn. I think we've got to really interact more together and learn from each other because there's just not enough integration either way. We still live in solitudes."
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-aboriginal-indigenous-day-1.4170695











Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! 
#SavetheSalmonSaveThePeople
#SaveMyCoast

Art & Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Monday, June 19, 2017

No Clark or MASS HYSTERIA in the streets!!

 I heard that Clark is going to raise the welfare rates..what a joke...lie... and John Horgan ...a big $100 a month is nothing and WILL NOT HELP!! So many poor are not on welfare, can't get it, refuse it and if they need disability or IE they are not eligible SO GET WITH THE PROGRAM!! Many would rather live on the streets, and horrible often dangerous situations than be screwed over and over and over by the welfare system.

No Clark or MASS HYSTERIA in the streets!!



Let me tell you how really F*K'D things are here in Vancouver. There is a lovely Filipino lady who has just returned to her job after taking a year off to look after her newborn child.  Guess what!! She has no day care, she can only work when her husband isn't working.

Now let's look a little closer.  She has looked around but she can't find anyone she trusts or will work for a wage that even makes it worthwhile to work.

I mean think about it, you have a child ...so you can ACTUALLY raise it yourself, NOT some lovely Filipino nanny, which by the way is how this lovely woman came to Canada. She looked after another poor woman's child, that couldn't do it herself...because she had to WORK to support herself and child and possibly with the help of a husband.

So now we've come FULL CIRCLE. The Filipino nanny immigrated, married, had a child but she can't afford to stay at home and raise the child herself, as is, it's 1. 5 hour commute to the job she is returning to.. and so you need someone to work 8 hours + another 3 or more for traveling time.

People must charge $15 an hour to survive, Daycares were outrages in the early 2000's, I can't imagine now... I remember it being $700 a month if they were potty trained, $900 for babies...something insane.

So even at ...minumum wage is $10.45 (I think it is) but that's not going to happen.

Any they wonder why women and children are having a problem with POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS. 

GEE WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE THE PROBLEM? 
































Any of this sound familiar...right here in good ole' BC with CC!




The irony of the whole thing is if people get helped out now, with daycare and housing and stuff. AGAIN I fall through the loophole.  I was born and raised and worked my whole life here, in BC and had and raised my child  here. When I needed, whether is was WCB, Welfare, EI ( I had to cash my RSVP's to take a course) , banks (Student loans ) they have SCREWED me over and over.

So when people come here and get the benefits and they buy homes and they go to nice schools it pisses me off a bit.  

Then I look at the abuse First Nations, their land- unceded territories, the treaties, the DTES, the Opoid Crisis and I get really pissed.  I guess they figure if they can't force us into poverty and /or jail then they will build a pipeline and poison us and the land and take are the rights and money.

I think about my Gr. Gr. Grandma who was actually from here and her family the last 13,000 + years and how she felt when she saw what was happening.. What did my grandparents think... what damage was done by my immigrant grandparents...

But let's fast forward to 2001 and onwards....

 I have ALWAYS believed that all of us women who were victimized by Gordon Campbell's cuts and continued with Christy Clark's antics WE DESERVE COMPENSATION!!

We deserve compensation for undo stress, suffering, pain, anguish, harassment (I was harassed by bill collectors ) and our children, they have paid with their mental and physical health. I believe that Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark should pay. I think politicians should pay for their #CrimesAgainstHumanity

They should be charged and made to pay and made to do some hard labour. Like clean people homes and toilets, vacuum, wash floors on hands and knees and  really see how the other side lives because if she ever understood it, she forgot...and if not then she needs to experience it.

Oh I as an extra give her a nice dose of bed bugs.(not really- I wouldn't wish them on my worse enemy...but then again she may be my worst enemy...) I remember that someone said that of  poor Jagrup...as they said "you truly haven't lived until you've experienced that. "

I could share tons more but better stop. 

Yah...that's how F*k*d things are.


Hey Hey Ho Ho CC has got to go!

I do not like her,
I do not like her here, I do not like here there,
I DO NOT, DO NOT, LIKE HER ANYWHERE!!

I don't want my kids to
PUKE BROWN GOO
As so sadly they did
IN KALAMAZOO!!

Please Save My Kid from #Poverty & #Homelessness
#SavetheSalmon
#SavetheWhales
#StopthePipeline
#StopChristyClark
#StoptheLNG
#SavethePeaceRiver
#StopSiteC
#FishFarmsGetOut
Please #SaveMyCoast
#SaveMyCoast

#SaveMyCoast

#SaveMyCoast

#SaveMyCoast

#SaveMyCoast

Related Links
Do it for every child taken- June is National Aboriginal Month
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/06/do-it-for-every-child-taken-june-is.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/06/help-alexandra-morton-fishfarmsgetout.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/06/chinatown-victory-hurray.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/06/tmp-is-not-over-we-need-your-help.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/06/s-3-sex-based-discrimination-in-indian.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/05/can-you-believe-it-greendp-amazing.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/05/green-party-big-winner-with-only-3-seats.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/05/greeeen-eeen-eeen-green-green-green.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/05/ryan-mcmahon-dear-canada-podcast-more.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/05/we-need-you-to-save-our-lives-voteabc.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/04/listen-to-hide-seek-nwe-jinan-surrey-bc.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/04/halt-housing-grilled-cheese-50-grand.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/03/bc-childcare-crisis-has-existed-15.html

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Do it for every child taken- June is National Aboriginal Month

Where do we start.
First I want to acknowledge that I live on the UNCEDED TERRITORIES of the
Tsleil-Waututh Nation   Squamish Nation   Musqueam   


The UNCEDED TERRITORIES of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Squamish Nation, Musqueam is what has become know as Vancouver.  

I acknowledge that have led a privileged life compared to my gr. grandma's grandma and my gr. gr. grandma and so many others of  Indigenous Ancestry. I know that my gr. grandma's grandma attended a convent school in the Oregon,

 "Probably not many women in the history of the west coast of North America could rival her, when it comes to generations of grandchildren.  (my gr. grandma's grandma)Mary Ann was born at Marysville (Corvallis) in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in 1834.  Her parents were of Iroquois and Kalapuya blood; she was raised to age 15 at the Catholic Mission at St. Paul." 

Early documents in our possession read “… I was married there to Joseph Brulé, a French Canadian and went to Cowlitz and later to Victoria, British Columbia.  Lived there till he died and had six children by him … only two are living now, (my gr. grandma's mom)Ellen and Cecile.  Two years after my husband died, I married Jean Baptist Vautrin, a Canadian … by Mr Vautrin I had nine children …

Ellen, the daughter Mary Ann(my gr. grandma) mentions above, married Joseph Poirier, a voyageur from Quebec (the man for whom Ecolé Poirier is named) and raised a large family, in a cabin by the Sooke River and later a home on Grant Road. ”

(source- http://www.bclocalnews.com/community/303481881.html?mobile=true)

 and I know that my  gr. gr. grandma was Songhees (Theresa Eliza) married a Portuguese settler (Joao Ignacio d'Almada- name changed to John Enos) and lost all her rights and privilege to land and anything else. Her child,  my great grandpa Joseph Enos was spared residential school because he was part Portuguese. Due to these events, my life could have been very different and I am blessed it wasn't, but it doesn't make it easier to know truth. 
 
It is to horrible to imagine but it happened in the place that everyone loves to call "their home", "their Canada". Indian Agents came and stole children and forced them into schools, often far away from home where their parents could not help. If they tried THEY were send to jail.  Stop and imagine IF that was YOUR child. They tortured many of children physically, mentally and sexually. It was warfare. Crimes against humanity.

But time passed and people just went about their business and they taught and told other untruths and so nothing was learned. Many many people never knew the truth. Many people today who are  in their 50's & 60's never knew anything about it, still don't or simply refuse to acknowledge the what actually occurred or the legacy left behind.

An evil legacy which is
  • huge numbers of children in the Foster/Welfare system and
  • many Indigenous people incarcerated, 
  • drug addiction caused by TRAUMA from the Residential schools and their legacy. 

Sadly people would rather blame people than to acknowledge the ugly history of this so called Canada.  





The time has come,  it's out there, the truth, the knowledge, the way to learn and to heal. Please if you do not know, educate yourself. Take the bag off your head and WAKE UP!  Stop saying hurtful evil things like I saw in the comments on some of these posts.

 Imagine if  "you" were one of those children. Imagine your life today if you are the child or a grandchildren of one of those children. THINK, put yourself in their shoes.

For those of you that understand please help and reach out to others. Challenge others.
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/05/challenge-for-truth-tourism-canada150.html


Celebrating Canada day is wrong if you do not acknowledge the past and make every effort to correct the horrible wrongs done to the children and to parents. 

We have so much work to do, it's hard to know where to start but everyone must do something....start with yourself.  

Do it, do it for every child taken.

It is National Aboriginal History Month.



"In 2008, the federal government established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine the abuse inflicted on Indigenous people through the Indian residential school system. In this clip, Senator Murray Sinclair discusses how participating in the commission impacted him."

Reading the comments is so sad, so many unempathetic people that can not grasp what really happened. It was 150 year war on children. A war on children. Right here. Right in Canada. It was evil. That evilness carried on and lives until we acknowledge the crimes against those children. Only then can we move forward.

This is why EVERY person must learn the TRUTH!
It is a ugly uncomfortable truth but nevertheless to ignore allows for ignorance and hate to grow.


The legacy of the colonialism lives on and is thriving  in the pipelines, fish farms, LNG, Site C, Mount Polley, lack of housing, addictions from trauma, our health care,  the education and political system. We need a complete overhaul in everyway we think.




Related Info
My Langara TRC Carving Journey
https://mylangaratrccarvingjourney.blogspot.ca/
http://www.bclocalnews.com/community/303481881.html?mobile=true
https://mylangaratrccarvingjourney.blogspot.ca/2016/11/enos-poirier-ancestry-kalapuya-iroquois.html 

https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/04/we-did-it-langara-carving4reconciliatio.html



 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Help Alexandra Morton!! #FishFarmsGetOut




 https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2016/09/eviction-party-videos-fishfarmsgetout.html

Marine Harvest has narrowed its lawsuit claiming protestors trespassed on a fish farm, abandoning a claim that could involve members of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation while pressing its lawsuit against biologist and activist Alexandra Morton.
https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/06/13/Fish-Farm-Drops-Trespass-Lawsuit/

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016
 Alex needs help!!
It is just craZy. We live in the strangest world.

We live in the most AMAZING place that has an INCREDIBLY RICH FOOD SOURCE that has been SUSTAINING a culture for more than 13,000 years but we are so frigging stupid, apathetic or blind we let a foreign company come in here and destroy it.

Our politicians, police, citizens just sit back and watch this insane genocide happen. 


It is. Murdering Salmon. When you wipe out the salmon you murder everything that relies on it.
Let that sink in a minute because people need to see the ramifications of their action or inaction.

You are letting this happen. If you are not with us then you must be against because doing nothing is the same and taking the fish farms side.  

I think I first heard about Alex in some posts she wrote but the movie Salmon Confidential opened my eyes to the truth of the situation. Fish farms were and are a sick manipulation of nature and nothing healthy will come from it. Farming is warped.

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/guide_to_safe_salmon/


Salmon Confidential from Twyla Roscovich on Vimeo.


Seriously, I have worked in the farming industry, and where ever you are mass producing something there is tons of waste and disease. That's exactly what Alexandra documented but good ole' Harper and his crew he made sure no one knew or if they did they couldn't do anything.

#FishFarmsGetOut- first and foremost the point...the REAL POINT is the people of Dzawada’enuxw First Nation do NOT WANT YOU THERE. GET OUT!

So now Sweden gets it why can you?






For Our Children's Children
#CleansingOurWaters  #FishFarmsGetOut  #WildSalmonMatter  #LinkArmsWithUs
#SeaSheperd #WildSalmonMatter

The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Nation have stood in opposition to fish farms in their territory for nearly 30 years. Since time immemorial they have protected their salmon and herring for future generations.

"Our people have spoken."



Fish farms must be removed from our territories.

https://www.facebook.com/CoastCast/?fref=nf
ATPN interviews chief Willie Moon and his lawyer, Greg McDade about Marine Harvest dropping case. Marine Harvest drops the portion of trespassing case against First Nations Dzawada'enuxw while continuing portion of case against Alexandra Morton. Approximately 60 Dzawada'enuxw boarded the farm (so-called trespassing) but only Morton is sued! 


"They (Marine Harvest) have effectively conceded First Nations have the right to board these facilities" Greg McDade



Chinatown Victory! Hurray!!

Hurray!!







Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2015




Related Link:

Stop 105 Keefer St. - #StopGentrification Share!
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/06/stop-105-keefer-st-stopgentrification.html

Paddle for the Peace- Vanier Park July 8th

Repost from here. Paddle for the Peace- Vancouver
On July 8th, our friends up north will be hosting the 12th Annual Paddle for the Peace to celebrate and defend the beautiful Peace River (https://paddleforthepeace.ca/). Why here?

Here in the Lower Mainland, we want to give people who cannot make it to the Paddle an opportunity to show their solidarity with the Treaty 8 First Nations and the farmers who are losing their land to Site C - as well as their opposition to a project that will affect all of us for years to come!

You're invited! Please join us on July 8th at 1 pm at Vanier Park in Vancouver to stand in opposition to this ridiculous dam and to enjoy a fun, family-friendly carnival themed afternoon of entertainment.

Want to paddle? The BC Sea Wolves will lead a symbolic paddle from Granville Island to Vanier Park. If you would like to join the paddle, please be prepared to launch from Granville Island at 12 pm sharp. You can rent kayaks from Ecomarine Paddlesports. Sign up to paddle here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFBRFYN

Hivemind: We are also issuing a call for acrobats, street performers, puppeteers, and entertainers of all kinds, especially those related to carnivals! If you would like to perform at this event, please email sitecevents@gmail.com.

More details to come - stay tuned, and invite your friends and family to help STOP SITE C!

To help with the organizing, or if your organization would like to endorse or support this event, please email sitecevents@gmail.com.

We acknowledge that this event takes place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish territory, specifically that of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.










https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2016/03/stop-site-c-keepthepeace-hunger-strike.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2016/04/elizabeth-may-on-site-c-dam.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2016/01/stop-site-c-david-suzuki-grand-chief.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2016/03/stop-site-c-protest-bc-hydro.html
http://www.stopsitec.org/https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2016/03/activist-berta-caceres-murdered-for.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2016/02/save-peace-river-poem.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2016/01/keepthepeace-make-poster-save-peace.html
https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2016/01/do-you-really-want-to-flood-this.html 


Monday, June 12, 2017

Please Pray for Mexico- Tropical Storm Calvin about to hit!

Please say prayers for the people of Mexico especially in Oaxaca. They are about to get hit with another very strong Tropical Storm Calvin is about to hit. Please take all the necessary precautions and protect you loved ones.  
 http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac#Calvin

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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RAINFALL:  Calvin is expected to produce total rainfall
accumulations of 5 to 10 inches across the Mexican states of
Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Guerrero, with possible isolated maximum
amounts of 20 inches. Calvin is also forecast to produce total
rainfall accumulations of 4 to 6 inches in the Mexican states of
Tabasco and Veracruz, as well as in Guatemala. These rains are
expected to produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

WIND:  Tropical storm conditions should subside later tonight or by
early Tuesday.
 

They just cleaned up from Beatriz.

Here are some links

Pina Palmera after Tropical Storm Beatriz


Translated with Google.
In the next few hours heavy to heavy rains will fall in at least 17 states, due to the tropical depression 3-E, low pressure channels and a cold front over the northwest.

In its most recent announcement, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) pointed out that in the southwest of Campeche, Veracruz, Puebla, Oaxaca, Tabasco and Chiapas there will be very strong to intense storms.

While Yucatan, Michoacan and Guerrero are expected to have very specific precipitation, Hualgo, Colima, Jalisco, Quintana Roo, Mexico City, Tlaxcala, Morelos and the State of Mexico are expected to be intervals of showers with occasional storms.

There will also be strong winds with gusts exceeding 50 kilometers per hour and tolvaneras and / or whirlwinds in the entities of the northern strip of the country.

The body of the National Water Commission (Conagua) explained that these conditions are associated with the tropical depression 3-E, located off the coast of Oaxaca, low pressure channels in the interior of the country and a cold front over the northwest .

He warned that strong heavy storms will continue on Monday in the south and southeast of the country and heavy storms, showers, hail, lightning and thunder over southern, southeast, central and eastern states.

In the zones of the north and south of the national territory will prevail strong winds and gusts superior to 60 kilometers per hour, as a consequence of the mentioned meteorological phenomena, it emphasized.

It also foresees lightning, strong gusts of wind and possible fall of hail, formation of tolvaneras, squalls, vortices or tornados in the zones of storm.

Regarding temperatures, he said that thermometers will reach values ​​of up to 40 degrees in the states of Baja California, Sonora, Sinaloa and Chihuahua.

Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and the Yucatan Peninsula will have gust gusts of over 60 kilometers per hour with possible thumps, tolvaneras or Vortices

He explained that the State of Mexico will keep the sky clear most of the day and cloudy with strong point storms, while in the Mexican capital will fall scattered rains.

These conditions will be accompanied by electrical activity, possible hail drop and northeast wind from 10 to 25 kilometers per hour, with gusts that can exceed 40 kilometers per hour in storm areas.

The SMN said that in the capital of the country will persist a temperature between 13 and 30 degrees; And in the State of Mexico will be from eight to 26 degrees.

He added that in the last 24 hours he felt the maximum temperature in Choix, Sinaloa, with 39.7 degrees, and the minimum in Zacatecas, with 8.1 degrees.
http://noticieros.televisa.com/ultimas-noticias/estados/2017-06-11/smn-alerta-lluvias-fuertes-menos-17-estados/

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Zipolita'z New Website

Hey everyone, how are you? I have been hard at work and I rebuilt my website finally.
https://zipolita.com/

https://zipolita.com/

I built a couple but just going to show off mine right now.

I wanted to show you the auctions
https://zipolita.com/auctions/

I will have a new auction start at the beginning of each month. I will add new ideas during the month so be sure to check back. All auctions will end at the end of each month and items will not be re-offered for a while, if at all, so if you want something be sure to get in there.
Right now I have 2 ballerina paintings that would look lovely in a dancer's room, studio, or store.

I am also working hard on sales and so I will have lot of cool things to buy. 
Right now I have some super cute tiny little bird houses, not sure a bird could actually go in, it is more for fun.

Tiny Houses For Sale
https://zipolita.com/2017/06/08/tiny-house-for-sale/

Blue Box For Sale
https://zipolita.com/2017/06/09/blue-box-for-sale/

Anyways if you are looking for super cool little gifts for grads, wedding, birthdays check it out and in a bit I am going to be tying them altogether with my favorite environmental causes such as the #SaveMyCoast, #StopSiteC #StopKM #FishFarmGetOut  and try and help them out and myself. My hope is to raise enough funds that I can take my daughter traveling for 6 months and learn more about our roots. I want to immerse ourselves in culture. https://tinawinterlik.blogspot.ca/2017/05/will-you-help-us-immerse-ourselves-in.html
Stay tuned. 

Art &Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2011

TMP is not over! We need your help!

 Sharing this. http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/bankswarnedtransmountain

Joint News Release: 28 major banks warned not to finance Trans Mountain pipeline expansion


This week, over 20 Indigenous and environmental organizations delivered an open letter to 28 major banks, calling on them to back away from funding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMEP). 



The warning letter urges banks to avoid the reputational and financial risk of supporting this destructive project, which is incompatible with realizing the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and respecting human rights, especially those detailed in the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“Mark my words, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will never see the light of day,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of the BC Indian Chiefs. “We do not accept the unscrupulous liability of dirty oil coming through any pipeline system to benefit some Texans or multinational interests at the expense of our inherent responsibilities to our grandchildren’s grandchildren.”

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project would not only triple Trans Mountain’s capacity — transporting an additional 590,000 barrels of crude oil each day — it would lock in expanded production of one of the most carbon-intensive oils, Alberta tar sands oil.

The 28 banks are the 14 banks that underwrote the Kinder Morgan Canada IPO (Bank of America, Bank of Montreal, Barclays, Canadian and Imperial Bank of Commerce, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group, National Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, Société Générale, and Toronto-Dominion Bank); and 14 other banks participating in current and past Kinder Morgan revolving credit facilities (BayernLB, BBVA, BNP Paribas, BPCE/Natixis, Citigroup, Crédit Agricole, DNB ASA, ING, Morgan Stanley, Regions Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, SunTrust, UBS, and Wells Fargo).

“We’re making it loud and clear that banks need to back off from funding Trans Mountain,” says Lindsey Allen, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network. “Any bank that decides to participate in this project will be implicated in Indigenous rights violations and will knowingly feed fuel to the fire of climate chaos. They won't be able to claim that they didn’t have all the relevant information.”

The existing Trans Mountain pipeline has sprung 82 recorded spills, including four major spills since Kinder Morgan bought the pipeline in 2005. Future spills, from a massively expanded pipeline, would endanger local sources of drinking water.

“As banks consider financing Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion tar sands pipeline, they should know that the over 120 First Nations and Tribes that have signed the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion will not let this project happen, says Grand Chief Serge Simon of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake on behalf of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion. “Indigenous and allied resistance to the pipeline will not be limited to BC either – it will be all over Turtle Island and will also target the banks that chose to ignore our opposition.”

As with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a highly controversial project constructed without the free, prior, and informed consent of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,  the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion poses a grave threat to Indigenous rights. First Nations that would be directly impacted by the route and port terminal are fighting the project in the courts and leading robust protests on the ground.

“​Until banks honor the right to Free Prior and Informed Consent of indigenous ​people — including the Dené, Cree,​ Metis, and​ Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation — we will continue to call on municipal and foreign governments to divest from these banks,” says Jacqueline Fielder of Mazaska Talks.

With financing for Kinder Morgan’s TMEP being finalized in the coming weeks, the groups are urging the banks to heed the lessons learned from DAPL and decline any additional involvement with Kinder Morgan that would facilitate financing of the TMEP, particularly Kinder Morgan’s planned C$5.5 billion credit facility.

“Tar sands oil is deadly, destructive, and economically infeasible,” said Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth. “Banks run on our money — we have a say in how it is invested. Without consent of indigenous nations impacted by these projects, banks are supporting sacrifice zones, while also actively contributing to climate change. Invest in renewables and our future.”

Additional Statements:
Eriel Deranger, Director with Indigenous Climate Action:
“We are collectively responsible for achieving climate stabilization in our lifetime. We must challenge the systems that brought us to where we are, or suffer the consequences of our inaction. Tar sands development, and all of its associated infrastructure, are a byproduct of an antiquated economic system that propagates and supports climate chaos while devaluing and dehumanizing Indigenous rights and culture. We must not let money, and the banks that control our money, dictate our futures any longer. It’s time to demand real change and action on climate today.”

Eugene Kung, Barrister & Solicitor at West Coast Environmental Law:
“The material legal, political and reputational risk facing Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project means that this is not your average pipeline investment. Investors should be aware of the significant uncertainty surrounding the project the associated risks for anyone invested in it. Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project does not have the consent of affected First Nations, who have banned it in their unextinguished Indigenous laws. This represents significant legal, political and reputational risk that investors need to understand.”

Clayton Thomas-Müller of the Mathias Colomb First Nation, and Campaigner at 350.org:
“The extraction and production of tar sands oil not only spreads climate chaos across the planet, it has been killing Dené, Cree and Métis people in Northern Alberta through cancer and the poisoning of their water and food systems. Banks that fund tar sands infrastructure like Trans Mountain are writing death warrants for our people and the world at large.”


Ben Smith, Field Organizing Manager with Greenpeace:
“The banks on this list have a choice. They can acknowledge the material and reputational risk of investing in highly controversial projects like the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), or they can continue their wishful thinking that the world won’t notice they are contributing to the destruction of the environment, worsening climate change, and violating Indigenous rights. The moral and economic sense to move away from yesterday’s energy source has been acknowledged the world over, and the emboldened movement to stand up to big oil is building unprecedented strength. The time has come for financial companies to end their relationship with destructive companies like Kinder Morgan and stand with the people and the planet.

Tom BK Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network
“Our prophecies tell us that life on Mother Earth, as we know it, is in danger and coming to a great transformation. The time is now for banks to divest from an economy based on industrial extraction, production and combustion of fossil fuels and its environmentally risky transportation infrastructures. Investment policy changes are urgently needed that recognize the health and vitality of Earth’s living systems, ecological and social well-being and the rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

Lucie Pinson, private finance campaigner at Friends of the Earth France:
“European banks are not going to be spared from the mobilization in support of indigenous people against tar sands and other fossil fuels projects in North America. Banks which fail to stay clear from financing, directly or indirectly these projects will be targeted. In France, we expect Crédit Agricole, who stated during its general assembly to have rejected providing project finance to the Keystone XL, to also reject directly financing Trans Mountain and other tar sands pipelines. But only blacklisting the companies behind these pipelines will guarantee no support is given to these fatal projects.”

Sven Biggs, Climate and Energy Campaigner with Stand.earth:
“Bankers that are considering investing this project should know that the people of British Columbia do not want this pipeline. Already tens of thousands people have pledged to stand with First Nations and do whatever it takes to stop Kinder Morgan.”

Hannah McKinnon of Oil Change International
"New tar sands infrastructure is incompatible with a safe climate, the world is in a deep hole and the first thing we need to do is stop digging. This pipeline is the epitome of risky: First Nations don't want it, the Province of British Columbia doesn't want it, the climate can't afford it, and the sector that it is being built for doesn't need it."

Vanessa Green, Director, DivestInvest Individual
"At this stage, the financing relationships are exposed and the financial and other risks of putting money into fossil fuel infrastructure are clear. To not recognize them, as an executive or an investor amounts to some combination of negligence, laziness, bad business and moral bankruptcy. What is less clear is which of these banks will gain the most by tapping into the massive global consumer interest in investing where our energy opportunities align with a social conscience."
Regine Richter of Urgewald

“Some banks participating in DAPL may have wished they hadn’t. They now have a chance to show they learned their lesson and refrain from getting involved in Trans Mountain. If they don’t and help financing it, they manifest their total ignorance towards climate, environment and human rights.”

Lena Moffitt, Senior Campaign Director, Our Wild America Campaign - Sierra Club
"Tar sands expansion is disastrous for land, water, climate, and communities. If big banks support this toxic and destructive industry, they are betraying the people who entrust them with their money. We stand with Indigenous communities in urging financial institutions not to finance the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion or any other dangerous tar sands project."

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