Canada needs to treat its pipeline protesters right
Ottawa Citizen

By Madeline Ashby, Ottawa Citizen, November 29, 2016

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team face the fallout from the decisions they have just announced with regard to the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Line 3, they should keep the protests at Standing Rock in mind.

Since April of this year, the Standing Rock Sioux have peacefully protested the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through burial grounds sacred to their tribe. Further, the pipeline as projected will cross under the Missouri River – a major water source for numerous communities in the area. The Standing Rock Sioux, whose reservation and burial grounds the pipeline would parallel, have serious concerns about the integrity of the pipeline, have pointed out that a rupture or leak in the pipeline could poison the water supply of millions of people.

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