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Hundreds protest against pipelines on unceded Mohawk land – McGill Daily

National Day of Action Against Pipelines in Oka Park


“We thank the Creator for the four winds: east, west, north, and south – for giving us clean air,” said a speaker leading the opening prayer at the entrance of Oka National Park last Saturday morning. Several hundred people gathered, by invitation from the Mohawk community of Kanehsatà:ke, in peaceful protest.

This National Day of Action Against Pipelines saw demonstrations across Canada, with groups organizing in more than 120 communities in opposition to the expanding tar sands industry in Canada. Particular attention was paid to the reversal of the Enbridge Line 9 pipeline, which runs through the unceded Mohawk territory that is now called Oka Park. The weakening of environmental protection laws through Bill C-45 and Bill 38 were also criticized.

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