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Dear Jeanne,

First Nations are back in court this Monday to file a new appeal to the Supreme Court challenging Trans Mountain. These Nations are taking to the highest court in the land to defend their rights to meaningful consultation, and challenge the approval of the TMX project that imperils drinking water, threatens fisheries, and poses an existential threat to their way of life.

Right now, with the whole country in lock-down, construction continues at tanker terminals in Burnaby. It’s outrageous that, with the price of oil tanking and the climate science unassailable, our governments continue to consider this destructive industry worthy of public subsidy and exempt from social distancing requirements. Just this week, Alberta decided to spend billions reviving Keystone XL without Indigenous consent, and Trudeau is facing pressure from oil and gas executives to deliver a massive fossil fuel bail-out. Let’s fight back and show these Nations that our community will support them, through thick and thin.

First Nations communities are facing the brunt of COVID-19 and are incredibly busy supporting their communities and elders in getting through this pandemic. Now, more than ever, they need your support as they can carry on legal challenges to Trans Mountain. Please donate. 

Although we can’t gather in the streets or outside the courthouse, we want Indigenous Nations to know they have thousands of people behind them. We are excited to be hosting a briefing and Q&A gathering online at 4 pm PST/7 pm EST on April 7. Please join us to hear about this new Supreme Court challenge directly from Tsleil Waututh Chief Leah George, Khelsilem Tl’aḵwasik̓a̱n of Squamish Nation, legal expert Eugene Kung  and Pull Together’s own Mary Lovell. Join the conversation here.

This is a difficult time for all of us. In Canada, no one is more vulnerable to public health crises than Indigenous communities. Faced with generations of chronic underfunding of public health systems and systemic racism in the medical system, Nations are working furiously to keep clinics and services operating to support families that are faced with shortages of every kind.

Even with the added burden of this unprecedented global calamity, the Nations are doubling down on their efforts to protect the land and water from dirty oil. That’s why stopping Trans Mountain continues to be –  even in the current crisis — mission critical. If you are in a position to support Nations in their new Supreme Court appeal, your donation is timely and much appreciated.

Pull Together is more than just about stopping a pipeline. It’s a movement that stretches from the wellheads of the tar sands to the Salish Sea tidewater — and everywhere that people work for climate justice.

It’s time to braid the strands of resistance into a strong rope. Will you pull with us?

The Pull Together team

P.s. With physical demonstrations made impossible due to covid-19, we’re finding ways to stand with these Nations however we can. Donate, and join the Legal Briefing and Q&A via Zoom on April 7.

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