The Anishinaabe tribe, Indigenous to North America, are fighting for their land and the future of the Mississippi river. Water Protectors are traveling in growing numbers to stand with the Anishinaabe-led movement to stop the construction of Line 3, a tar sands oil pipeline.
The path of the Line 3 pipeline cuts through lands where local tribes have treaty rights, and it cuts across natural resources like rivers and waterways — raising fears about spills and environmental damage. Enbridge seeks to build a new pipeline corridor that cuts through untouched wetlands and the treaty territory of Anishinaabe peoples, through the Mississippi River headwaters to the shore of Lake Superior.
Police have been protecting Enbridge and blocking access to water protector camps that are privately owned. Enbridge employees have been arrested in sex trafficking stings and are buying and selling Indigenous women and children. Enbridge is exploiting and destroying more than the land.
Line 3 and Enbridge, with the support of the US government, violates the treaty rights of Anishinaabe peoples and nations in its path — wild rice is a centerpiece of Anishinaabe culture, it grows in numerous watersheds Line 3 seeks to cross. It’s well-past time to end the legacy of theft from and destruction of indigenous peoples and territories.
We are raising money for Water Protector legal fees and for a van filled with food and supplies to be taken to line 3. There are children and elders standing on the frontlines, protecting our water systems. We need to make sure they are provided for. Legal and grassroots efforts have kept Enbridge’s Line 3 destruction at bay — it was supposed to be complete in 2017. Activists in Memphis defeated the Byhalia Connection pipeline, which would have carried crude oil over an aquifer that provides drinking water to 1 million people. Together we can stop Line 3 and Enbridge!
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