Canada’s indigenous leaders are getting in on the action as protests continue in front of the White House regarding TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The leaders, who include Bill Erasmus, Regional Chief with the Assembly of First Nations in the Northwest Territories, joined thousands of protesters who have been standing outside the White House since mid-August. The protesters are hoping to convince President Obama to disapprove of the project, which would connect a huge supply of crude tar sand oil, which lies beneath the Alberta forests to ports in the United States.
"Everything that happens in Alberta is part of the Mackenzie water basin, all that water comes north," said Erasmus in a Canadian report this week. The environmental concerns by the indigenous protesters, as well as the rest of the masses outside the White House, have so far fell on deaf ears. Last week the State Department allowed the pipeline to clear a major hurdle and now the Obama administration is said to be very close to approving the massive fossil fuel project.
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