Reminder: Rally March 3rd: Support Indigenous Struggle – Tell RBC: Shut Down the Tar Sands!

On March 3rd, the Royal Bank of Canada will hold its annual general meeting of shareholders’ at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It’s the one time every year that the bank’s top executives, board and other decision makers gather in the same place to hear from shareholders. This year, we want them to hear from you!

Since 2007 RBC has backed more than $16.7 billion (USD) in loans to companies operating in the tar sands—more than any other bank. Expansion of the tar sands is trampling the rights of Indigenous peoples, destroying globally significant ecosystems and significantly increasing Canada’s carbon emissions.

Representatives from several First Nations impacted by tar sands expansion will attend the meeting to demand that RBC recognize the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent for Indigenous communities and suspend its financial support for tar sands expansion.

Speakers will include:

Ereil Deranger – Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Gitz Crazyboy – Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Ron Plain – Aamjiwnaang First Nation

George Poitras – Mikisew Cree First Nation

Terry Teegee – Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

and more….

Music will be provided by Samba Elegua.

Join us for a morning of creative, non-violent direct action culminating in a rally outside the Convention Centre at 2 pm to show solidarity with First Nations representatives.

When: morning actions, rally @ 2pm, March 3, 2010

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

For more information on the rally please contact: Eriel Deranger, eriel

Take Action in your area – If you are interested in organizing an action in your area to support folks in Toronto, please contact: Dave Vasey, dvasey

Solidarity actions are happening in the following cities. Please contact the following for more details.

Montreal: Contact Cam at holditdownproductions

Ottawa: Contact Iain at iain.brannigan

Kingston: Contact Marie at marie.bencze

Lindsay: Contact Ben at bprowse

London: Contact Toban tblack2

Winnipeg: Contact Alon at radishoak

Saskatoon: Contact Jeh at jeh.custerra

Regina: Contact Levi at levi_cordick

Calgary: Contact Alex at adoukas

Edmonton: Contact Keely at kkidner

Victoria: Contact Justin at justinmoose

Vancouver: Contact Brennan at brennanwauters

Dave Vasey

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‘traveler, there are no roads. the road is created as we walk it together.’ (Antonio Machado)

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‘traveler, there are no roads. the road is created as we walk it together.’ (Antonio Machado)

~ by Cory Morningstar on February 27, 2010.

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