The Royal Bank of Canada are pouring millions of dollars into Coastal Gas Link, a huge dirty pipeline set to be built right through the middle of sacred land belonging to the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders. The Gidimt’en Checkpoint from the Wet’suwet’en members issued a letter to over 35 Coastal GasLink (CGL) investors and banks, including RBC. It highlights how their millions in investment is violating Indigenous rights and is breaking any company commitments to racial justice, reconciliation, and social responsibility.
RBC sent a letter back to the Gidimt’en Checkpoint leadership. The email response was sent from a basic company email address and was unsigned by RBC leadership – showing that they’re trying to distance themselves.
In their email response they claim “RBC highly values the relationships we have with Indigenous Communities and the unique social, cultural and historic contributions that Indigenous peoples have made in Canada.”. It’s clear greenwashing. Their investment violates Indigenous sovereignty and ravages sacred headwaters through Wet’suwet’en territory. And it’s getting worse.
The involved Wet’suwet’en group are staging peaceful protest ceremonies at the proposed gas pipeline site, and police are turning to violence to clear them from their land.
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