We’ve always been lucky in the past few years to be able to support First Nations community representatives to attend the AGMs of companies that threaten their land. This has allowed them to communicate directly to the board and other shareholders, who often have little idea about the disruption, illness, and environmental damage that these communities are experiencing. It has helped bring international attention to the issue of tar sands extraction, putting a human face to the impacts of extreme energy development.
This year, it has been difficult to find the necessary funds to go towards airfares, accommodation and logistical support. The Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign has now launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds to bring a delegation of four First Nations and Alaska Natives to attend the Shell AGM. This will be an invaluable opportunity for frontline community voices who are so rarely able to participate in these discussions.
Can you help contribute? Donations for as little as $1 will be gratefully accepted and larger donations will receive gifts such as traditional Indigenous artwork.
You can also help by sharing this link with your friends and networks by old fashioned email, on facebook and twitter.
Your solidarity is most appreciated!
Sue, Emily, Ruthi and Jess