The group held a service outside the building and wrote prayers on TD Bank windows with washable chalk, calling on the company to divest money from the project. “We want to do our part here north of the colonial borders and hold accountable banks like TD, which have specifically invested billions of dollars in Line 3,” said Allegra Friesen Epp, intern at Mennonite Church Canada.
The event was organized by Hope Mennonite Church as a church service and brought together over two dozen people. It also took place at the same time as two other events: one in Zoom and the other in Gretna, Man.
Friesen Epp said the non-violent protest was organized to call on members of religious communities to show solidarity with Anishinaabe communities in Minnesota who protect their rights to land, water and treaties.
« [They’re] literally putting their bodies in danger, chaining themselves to construction equipment because letters, negotiations and petitions weren’t enough, ”said Friesen Epp.
“This is our small step in that direction. We don’t hit any windows. We are not causing any permanent damage, but we want our voices to be heard, ”she said.
CBC has asked TD Bank Canada for comment, but has yet to receive a response.