No More Dirty Banks

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BACK THE COMMUNITIES

NOT THE BANKS

This spring thousands of people supported No More Dirty Banks - a campaign that is upholding Indigenous rights and sovereignty in the face of financial institutions that power the fossil fuel industry.

Support No More Dirty Banks With your support we have caused RBC, one of the biggest fossil fuel invested banks in the world, to go on the defensive.

In April I had planned to attend RBC’s annual general meeting in person, but the day before that meeting was set to take place, the banking giant abruptly cancelled its in-person meeting, giving less than a day’s notice that its most important governance meeting would be going virtual.


Molly Wickham (Sleydo’) Gidimt’en Spokesperson, Speaking outside RBC Headquarters
I couldn’t look RBC’s CEO in the face and ask my questions, so I took my questions public. At a rally outside of the bank’s headquarters in Toronto, in front of hundreds of people, I asked:

“Are you willing to see Wet’suwet’en people killed to push through this pipeline? During three militarized raids, one too many of us have looked down the barrel of a gun to push this project through our territories that we did not provide free, prior and informed consent for.”


Melina Laboucan-Massimo, from the Lubicon Cree community of Little Buffalo, has seen first-hand what fossil finance can do to Indigenous communities. She’s been fighting the Canadian Tar Sands – the most destructive oil project on Earth – since she was just seven years old. At RBC’s online AGM she stated:

“What RBC is financing is not just numbers in a spreadsheet or dollars in a bank account. These are our lives that hang in the balance and our climate at stake.”



Melina finding oil in water from an oil spill in Lubicon traditional territory. Photo: Joe Whittle. All rights reserved.

With your help, this campaign has reached more than 55 million people around the world, raising awareness that RBC and other major banks are directly funding Indigenous and human rights abuses, and putting our shared planet at risk by financing climate chaos.

The No More Dirty Banks team is supporting Strengthening our Sovereignty - a Nation-to-Nation Tour with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs. This is a series of gatherings between Indigenous nations intended to strengthen relationships and build power to uphold the importance of ceremony, land, and the future generations as we defend our lands from fossil fuel extraction.
Donate to the Strengthening our Sovereignty Tour In the face of a financial industry hellbent on prioritizing profit over human rights, a strategy rooted in Indigenous rights presents a transformative opportunity to protect life-sustaining systems we all rely on, and can provide a moral compass in the climate crisis.

We know that together, we can transform the economy by holding institutions accountable for funding extraction without consent on Indigenous lands.

Indigenous rights are unique and powerful legal instruments that can lead to real protection for people and the planet.

As Indigenous peoples we have always held these rights, and now the legal, social, and political power of our rights is growing. Indigenous peoples asserting our rights has led to some of the biggest wins in the environmental and climate justice movements so far. As we carry on with the No More Dirty Banks campaign, we’re asking you to get behind the Indigenous women leading these struggles.

In the next few weeks I will be joining other Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders on the Strengthening our Sovereignty Nation-to-Nation Tour, so we can meet with other Indigenous nations and grassroots groups to build our relationships and power to defend our lands from fossil fuel extraction.

Can you donate to this tour? These funds will be used to cover travel, food, lodging, and support for the communities that will host us.

Thank you for your ongoing support
Signed,

Sleydo’

Molly Wickham, Gidimt’en Spokesperson Copyright © 2022 Non-profit Indigenous support group, All rights reserved.
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