Read statements of support from Idle No More, 350.org, and Council of Canadians.
From the statement: “Vanessa Gray’s home community, Aamjiwnaang First Nation, is inundated with over 60 industrial facilities. Line 9 is one of them. This area has been dubbed “Chemical Valley”. The chemicals released from these plants have impacted all aspects of community life– from the water they can no longer drink, to the the air they breathe, and to the land they can no longer safely grow food on. In addition, these toxic chemicals negatively impact the reproductive health of people in the territory.
Vanessa Gray and Sarah Scanlon have taken a stand and are calling on oil companies and the Canadian government to stop the tar sands destruction and end the desecration of Indigenous territories. We stand in solidarity with them.”
Statement from Clayton Thomas-Muller: “The real danger here is the tar sands, not peaceful activists taking action because of Canada’s abject failure to adequately consider the real impacts of tar sands pipelines. We support the three people arrested yesterday because the Enbridge Line 9 pipeline has been approved and turned on with no consideration for the impacts on climate change and without consent from Indigenous communities along the pipeline route – including the Chippewas of the Thames who are presently taking a challenge to this pipeline approval to the Supreme Court.”
From the statement: “The three people arrested were charged several counts including Mischief over $5000 (max sentence 10 years in prison) and Mischief endangering life which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. This is the first time I have heard of anyone being charged with Mischief endangering life and it strikes me as a heavy handed attempt to intimidate anyone who is considering taking similar actions.”