150+ Organizations Demand Banks Defund Coastal GasLink, Respect Wet'suwet'en Rights

Attention: Banks financing CGL

  • Canada: RBC, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Scotiabank, TD, Canadian Western Bank, ATB Financial, National Bank of Canada, Export Development Canada, Raymond James Finance Co of Canada Ltd
  • USA: JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citi, Truist 
  • Australia: National Australia Bank 
  • China: Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)
  • Japan: Mizuho, MUFG, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings
  • Spain: CaixaBank
  • Germany: KfW IPEX Bank, Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Korea: Kookmin Bank
  • Singapore: United Overseas Bank

Data from Banking On Climate Chaos Report: Who’s Banking the Coastal Gaslink pipeline?

We are writing with respect to your investments in the Coastal GasLink pipeline and LNG Canada projects and hereby formally request you divest and withdraw all financial support for these projects on human rights, environmental and climate related grounds.

“Coastal GasLink has not engaged in respectful consultation with us. Backing this project implicates investors in perpetuating violence to our land and on my people. If investors are serious about their commitments to social responsibility and racial justice, they must commit to not financing projects that threaten Wet’suwet’en sovereignty, violate our land and sacrifice our future. Otherwise, when companies talk of reconciliation, it’s just empty promises — and we’ve had more than enough of those already.” -  Chief Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham), Gidimt’en, Wet’suwet’en Nation. 

As you know, TC Energy is building the 670 kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline through Wet'suwet'en territory in British Columbia, Canada. This pipeline is planned to connect fracked gas fields in Northern British Columbia with the LNG Canada Kitimat terminal, the largest private sector investment in Canada’s history. 2.1 billion cubic feet (bcf) (with the potential for delivery of up to 5 billion bcf/d) of climate-impacting gas will be transported via this pipeline daily. 

Wet’suwet’en territory is divided into 5 clans and 13 house groups, and stretches over 22,000 square kilometres. Each clan has full jurisdiction to control access to its territory. The Wet’suwet’en have re-asserted their right to jurisdiction over their lands, to determine access and prevent trespass under 'Anic 'niwh'it'én (Wet'suwet'en law), and to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), as enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP).  The Coastal GasLink project is in violation of UNDRIP, adopted at both the provincial and federal level in Canada. 

"Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous peoples." Article 10 - UNDRIP 

Head hereditary chiefs of all 5 clans have confirmed the Wet’suwet’en nation’s opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in the Bahtlats or Feast hall, in accordance with Wet’suwet’en law. As such, we stand with the hereditary leadership of the Wet’suwet’en people who demand a stop to TC Energy and Coastal Gaslink incursions on their land. 

In November, as the southern half of British Columbia was reeling from catastrophic rains and flooding exacerbated by climate breakdown, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP),  invaded Wet’suwet’en land  and violently removed Wet’suwet’en land defenders  opposing the construction of the project as well as accredited journalists. 32 people were arrested. These actions were decried by many media outlets and organizations including Amnesty International and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs.  That millions of dollars have been spent on law enforcement such as the RCMP to remove Indigenous community members from their lands and to facilitate the construction of the pipeline should be an indication to you of the extent of the opposition to this risky project.

As your institution is providing financing for the Coastal Gaslink pipeline project, your institution is responsible for related human rights abuses and climate impacts, including recent violence perpetrated at the hands of the RCMP, including the use of lethal overwatch, k-9 units, and assault rifles trained on unarmed Indigenous women. In addition, Coastal Gaslink is responsible for violating international and constitutionally protected Indigenous rights in Canada by preventing Wet’suwet’en people from accessing their own lands. Blindly accepting CGL’s assertion that they have engaged in adequate consultation with First Nations Bands does not relieve you of your responsibilities to Indigenous communities. 

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recommended in 2019 that Canada withdraw security and policing services from Wet’suwet’en traditional lands. B.C.’s independent Human Rights Commission have urged Canada to stop work until it obtains free, prior, and informed consent (“FPIC”) from all impacted First Nations.

Beyond the continuing and recent human rights abuses and violations which may contradict your own institution’s human rights policies, the climate and environmental impacts of this project can not be ignored. This project, when completed, would increase GHG emissions by up to 5 billion cubic litres of fracked gas and is certainly not aligned with net zero and 1.5 degree pathways including the International Energy Agency’s Roadmap to Net Zero.  There are also documented risks and dangers to forests and water as a result of this project. 

We urge you to align your financing of infrastructure projects with human rights and climate considerations. Thus we the undersigned urge you to:

  1. Meet with Wet'suwet'en hereditary leadership to discuss their concerns, recent rights violations,  and requests for an end to construction of the pipeline 

  2. End financing of the Coastal Gaslink project.  

Signed,

Indigenous Environmental Network

Honor the Earth

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

Mazaska Talks

Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)

Stand.earth

Rainforest Action Network

RapidShift Network

Shift: Action for Pension Wealth & Planet Health

Future Coalition

Leadnow

350.org

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)

Équiterre

sumofus

BankTrack

Reclaim Finance

urgewald

Sustainabiliteens

GreenFaith

Greenpeace Canada

Friends of the Earth Japan

RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs)

Climate Emergency Unit

The Climate Reality Project Canada

Oil Change International

Wilderness Committee

Banking on a Better Future

Action Center on Race and the Economy

Environmental Defence

Protect Our Winters Canada

Fondation David Suzuki

Environnement Vert Plus

Foire ÉCOSPHÈRE

Front commun pour la transition énergétique

Climate Strike Canada

Fossil Free California

Youth Emergency Auxiliary Service Sierra Leone (YEAS-SL)

Grand(m)others Act to Save the Planet (GASP)

Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice

Fossil Free Northwestern

The WaterWealth Project

Extinction Rebellion Youth US

Living Oceans Society

Connecticut Citizen Action Group

Quit-RBC

Society of Native Nations

West Kootenay EcoSociety

Glasswaters Foundation

Houston Youth Climate Strike

Indivisible Mohawk Valley Climate Crisis Working Group

Change the Chamber (Lobby for Climate)

Fridays for Future Windsor Essex

Fridays For Future Massachusetts

Fridays For Future Calgary

IMV

Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Québec

Le Ministère de la Nouvelle Normalité

Nanaimo Climate Action Hub

La CEVES

Clean Energy Action

Empower our Future

Earth Action, Inc.

Moccasin Footprint Society

Mouvement écocitoyen UNE planète

Bold Alliance

Extinction Rebellion San Francisco Bay Area

Solidarity Committee--Capital District

Zero Hour

GreenFaith

Comité vigilance hydrocarbures de la MRC de L'Assomption

Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU)

Comité Citoyens Citoyennes Protection Environnement Maskoutain

Fondation Rivières

Extinction Rébellion Québec

Prospérité sans pétrole

Action Environnement Basses-Laurentides

l'Écothèque

Vigilance OGM

Travailleuses et travailleurs pour la Justice Climatique

Clean Air Partnership

Fraser Valley Climate Action

Toronto350

350 Wenatchee

350 Vancouver

350 New Orleans

350Juneau

350 Lake Norman

350 Spokane

350 New Hampshire

350 Colorado

350 Juneau

350 Tacoma

350 Japan

350 Corvallis

350 Maine

350 Triangle

350 Silicon Valley

Codepink

Sierra Club BC

Saskatchewan Coalition for Sustainable Development

NY Renews

Fridays For Future Quinte

Comox Valley Council of Canadians

Earth Quaker Action Team

NON à une marée noire dans le Saint-Laurent

Armstrong/Shuswap Climate Action

Sunrise Movement American University

Extinction Rebellion San Francisco Bay Area

Climate Pledge Collective

Earth Action, Inc.

Haiti Cholera Research Funding Foundation Inc.

Below2C

Clean Energy Action

Empower our Future

Zero Hour Arkansas

Socialist Alternative Canada

Vancouver Unitarians Environment Team

Montreal for a World BEYOND War

Save Our Illinois Land

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

Jubilee Australia

Chase Environmental Action Group

CatholicNetwork US

Businesses for a Livable Climate

CO Businesses for a Livable Climate

Small Business Alliance

Call to Action Colorado

Unite North Metro Denver

Wall of Women

North Range Concerned Citizens

Womxn from the Mountain

Western Slope Businesses for a Livable Climate

The Green House Connection Center

Montbello Neighborhood Improvement Association

I-70 Citizens Advisory Group

System Change Not Climate Change

Indivisible Ambassadors

Temple Emanuel Denver

Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action

Community for Sustainable Energy

Capitol Heights Presbyterian

Save EPA (former employees)

Mayfair Park Neighborhood Association Board

Mental Health & Inclusion Ministries

Wilwerding Consulting, Littleton Business Alliance

Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance

Working for Racial Equity

Southwest Organization for Sustainability