Indigenous Activists Fight the ‘Standing Rock of the North’
In 2013, the Fraser Institute, a right-wing think tank, issued a report in which it argued that the solution to staggering unemployment in First Nations communities was yet more fossil fuels extraction on indigenous lands. Indigenous activists do not agree. For the Real News, I speak to Kanahus Manuel, a member of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society, about her efforts to stop the TransMountain pipeline expansion. After being imprisoned for peaceful civil disobedience to oppose Big Oil’s destruction of the planet, Kanahus travelled to Europe to meet with representatives of the financial institutions that are financing Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain project. As Kanahus explains in this interview, Kinder Morgan has not fully disclosed to its financial backers the legal risks associated with the project.
My interview of Kanahus can be seen here: