Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 31, 2017

Montreal Rally -- TD Bank Divest in DAPL, Feb. 1, 2017

Media Advisory

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, February 1, Norman Bethune Square: In the wake of Trump's executive memorandum to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline to continue, community members will come together in Tio'tia:ke (Montreal) to support an Indigenous-led global coalition of over 500,000 people committed to stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) by shutting down funding from the 17 banks on the project loan. TD Bank is the leading Canadian financier of that pipeline project.

What: Together, people will deliver a petition of over 140,000 signatures to two Montreal TD bank locations asking for divestment from DAPL. This is part of a global week of action demanding that 17 banks discontinue DAPL loan disbursements until outstanding issues with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation - Oceti Sakowin are resolved, and that Free, Prior and Informed Consent from Indigenous peoples is upheld. The global week of action is part of a broader effort pressuring all the banks financing Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics.

When: Wednesday, February 1 at 12pm

Where: Norman Bethune Square, corner of Maisonneuve and Guy at 12pm (noon).
Other events are planned in multiple additional cities, including New York City, Munich, Madrid, Tokyo, and San Francisco. Check this website for updated info and times.

For inquiries regarding the Montreal TD Bank Action, contact Kristen Perry (English), 438-888-9737, or Kristian Gareau (fran├žais), 514-991-6923

For inquiries to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, contact Nick Pelosi, Director Corporate Engagement, First Peoples Worldwide,, 540-899-6545

For inquiries to the Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock, contact Tara Houska, National Campaign Director, Honor the Earth,, 612-226-9404

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