WINNIPEG – A handful of activists are gathered at Portage and Main to show solidarity with Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.
Native Americans who live on the reserve say the Dakota Access Pipeline has been approved without enough consultation.
Jennifer Spence-Clarke is one of the activists and says there are a lot of environmental concerns that aren’t being addressed when it comes to pipelines.
“We don’t want to live in a world where our great-grandchildren are struggling to drink clean water,” says Spence-Clarke. “We don’t want to live in a place where that bottle of water that costs you one dollar right now may cost you 20 because somebody owns all that clean water.”
Spence-Clarke says they chose Portage and Main to send a message to the banks that support oil companies. She’s also calling on the federal Liberal government to honour its commitment to discuss any oil projects with First Nations.
So far, there are no traffic disruptions due to the protest.