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RAN, RANT, IEN: 2010 RBC AGM Protest Rally & March

On March 3rd, 2010, RAN (Rainforest Action Network) and RAN Toronto, in partnership with IEN (Indigenous Environmental Network) held a protest rally outside the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Annual General Shareholder's Meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada.

Since 2007 RBC has backed more than $16.7 billion (USD) in loans to companies operating in the tar sands—more than any other bank. Expansion of the tar sands is trampling the rights of Indigenous peoples, destroying globally significant ecosystems and significantly increasing Canada's carbon emissions.

Representatives from several First Nations impacted by tar sands expansion attended the meeting and demanded that: RBC recognize their right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent for Indigenous communities; and that all financial support for tar sands expansion be suspended.

Featured in the first video (Part 1):

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Tar Sands Campaigner, Rainforest Action Network
Joshua Khan Russell, Grassroots Actions Manager, Rainforest Action Network
Maryam Adrangi, Rainforest Action Network Toronto

Featured in the second video (Part 2):

Warner Naziel, Hereditary Chief, Wet'suwet'en First Nation
Gitz Crazyboy, Athabasca Chipewyan first Nation

ecoSanity was honoured to shoot pics and video in support of indigenous struggle at this essential protest to pressure the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) to phase out billions in negligent tar sands financing -- FAST.

Check out this incredible call out of RBC CEO, Gord Nixon, by Lionel Lepine of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation at last year's RBC AGM, Feb. 26, 2009:


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Bio: Glenn MacIntosh

ecoSanity Founder Glenn MacIntosh is a film / TV industry escapee turned organizer, activist, advocate for emergency action at emergency speed to confront the climate, energy, population, democracy, justice crises. A proponent of peaceful civil disobedience / direct action, Glenn has been an arrested participant in Greenpeace protests outside Cdn PM Stephen Harper's residence, and the federal Parliament buildings. He also reads. A lot.