We recognise that this event will occur on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory.
Last december, Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline went online (again). Since then, heavy and/or volatile oil products have been flowing eastward in this 40-year old, cracked-all-over pipeline, which crosses many waterways that are critical for “Canada”’s most densely populated area’s drinking water. A single spill from that pipeline has the potential to paralyze almost all of Montreal’s pumping stations, leaving the city with insignificant reserves. Despite calls to reason, the outcry of municipalities that haven’t received any emergency plan, vivid grassroots resistance including direct action – which left some activists with absurdely heavy charges – and the efforts of native communities who are the most impacted, Line 9 is still online to this day.
To boost the collective memory and energy in face of that harsh reality, we invite you to a LONG symbolic walk which will start at the Suncor reffinery in Montreal-East and end at Place de la Grande-Paix-de-Montréal. 16,6 km of pure joy! Approx 4 hours and a half of walking, that is without counting breaks and lunch! Wow! Join us for the day or for parts of it, according to your capacities and availabilities!
A walk to :
- Call for a stop to Line 9’s operation
- Demand the withdrawal of charges against Line 9 activists
- Express our solidarity with indigenous fights against pipelines, including the Chippewas of the Thames who are going against the NEB and the federal crown at the Supreme Court of Canada on November 30th and The Standing Rock movement in North Dakota
- Stress that Line 9, just like the colonial project of “Canada”, is happening on stolen native land.
The walk’s going to make a stop at Montreal’s botanical garden and another at parc Lafontaine – good places to join the march. There’s also going to be a stop for lunch in a place to be determined, probably near Saint-Michel/Sherbrooke (for now, tips are welcome if you think of a place).
Speakers will deliver short speeches at strategic places along the way. Namely, at Montreal’s town hall, where we’ll remind the city that it can and must take position against the pipeline.
The march’s also going to be an opportunity to inform and mobilize people, who’ll certainly be in jaw-dropping awe upon seeing us. There’s going to be a lot of flyers for that.
We’ll have a car around, ready to bring support as needed.
Keep in mind that we’re talking about quite a long urban trek. In december. Hence, stuff to bring:
- Warm, waterproof clothes
- Thermos for coffee / hot chocolate
- Spare clothes, especially socks
- Ski goggles, in case of political or climatic blizzard
- «Hot pads» are a good idea
- Your own lunch!
- Snacks and water (we’ll have some for you, but make sure you have a water bottle)
- Your good mood and/or your well-directed rage
You can join us for questions at : firstname.lastname@example.org or during the event at : 514-430-9175
BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!