Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 11, 2021

Water Protectors Shut Down Enbridge Line 3 Worksites Aug. 11, 2021

Water Protectors Shut Down Multiple Enbridge Line 3 Worksites

Giniw Collective
August 11, 2021

PARK RAPIDS, Minnesota -- On Wednesday, August 11, two worksites were shut down by Water Protectors in solidarity with Indigenous peoples who have been fighting the Line 3 tar sands pipeline for seven years. At the Shell River, a side boom and two excavators were stopped.

“We will continue to stand with our relatives who have been fighting extraction and have continued to provide a voice for the land they steward,” said one water Protector locked down.

Two days ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published part one of its Sixth Assessment Report. It stated green house gas concentrations are "unequivocally caused by human activities" and that all regions of the world are impacted by the effects of climate change.

“I am doing this for future generations. I am doing this because I hope to raise a child one day in this world, and climate change is too urgent, we can’t wait for politicians who have failed us, we have to take action,” said another Water Protector.

The non-violent direct actions take place as the Walz administration and Biden administration have not intervened despite tribal, regional, & national opposition. Gross human rights violations have been perpetuated by police protecting the project that has spilled chemicals into rivers at least 28 times thus far.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) stated that Enbridge has polluted water at 63 percent of the Horizontal drilling locations.

Another excavator at a different worksite was also stopped and locked to by a pair of Water Protectors.

“We have to stop the destruction! Even after the recent frac-outs along the HDD sites and use of less-lethal force by police paid by Enbridge, Walz and Biden remain silent. So we take our power back today and challenge the systems that have failed us all.”

Giniw Collective is an Indigenous-women, 2-Spirit-led frontline resistance to protect our Mother, defend the sacred and live in balance. We stand unafraid. Prayers into action. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @GiniwCollective

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