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Resistance to Canadian Oil Extraction in the Amazon Continues

Demonstrators March in Downtown Calgary

by Matt Hanson

Olympic Plaza demonstrators hold a Spanish-language banner reading, "Enough of Petroleum Contamination!"
Olympic Plaza demonstrators hold a Spanish-language banner reading, "Enough of Petroleum Contamination!"
Idle No More activists remain in solidarity with international Indigenous networks
Idle No More activists remain in solidarity with international Indigenous networks
Many Aboriginal activists were in attendance to showcase the Medicine Wheel, a vision of holistic health for all things
Many Aboriginal activists were in attendance to showcase the Medicine Wheel, a vision of holistic health for all things
The future is in our hands. Our Mother Earth cares for us, why do we not care for Her?
The future is in our hands. Our Mother Earth cares for us, why do we not care for Her?
Medicine Wheel and Idle No More signs remind us that mental/physical/emotional/spiritual wellbeing depends on community
Medicine Wheel and Idle No More signs remind us that mental/physical/emotional/spiritual wellbeing depends on community
CBC reporters, as well as other news and photographers captured the scene
CBC reporters, as well as other news and photographers captured the scene
Calgary volunteer Mike Byerley looks on at the crowd of demonstrators
Calgary volunteer Mike Byerley looks on at the crowd of demonstrators

 

Wed. April 17, Olympic Plaza downtown Calgary, over 30 demonstrators resist Canadian oil extraction in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Demonstrators marched to Telus Convention Centre, where Amazon Watch allies once demonstrated on May 1, 2012 to resist Talisman Energy's projected extractive development in Peru. Together with representative leaders from the Achuar Nation, allies in Canada were successful in resisting Talisman's designs.  

 

Over three million hectares and at least seven directly impacted Indigenous nationalities are at stake in what is called the 11th Oil Round. Gemini award-winning actress and aboriginal activist Michelle Thrush was present at today's demonstration, as was Adam Zuckerman of Amazon Watch, Mike Byerley with Canada Supports the Achuar and Karen Huggins of Project Plougshares. The Amazon Watch Press Release notes other community representatives, from faith groups to labor unionists, who stood together under the Idle No More banner, now a widespread international movement to support Indigenous resistance to ecocide. On the same day, the demonstration became a breaking story for over a dozen newspapers in Ecuador

 

Later that day, a second demonstration led by Mike Byerley and Adam Zuckerman was stopped by security guards at the Westin Hotel. "We came out of the cab with our signs. As soon as they saw us, that was it," said Byerley. Only five in total arrived intending to demonstrate before a reception with stakeholders in the oil industry.    


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