"(Original Peoples) follow the ways of the women. They’re the caretakers of the land, of the men, of the kids, of the people…It wasn’t until white society came in that it made man the boss and cut that umbilical cord from the woman and children to put man in there…The trees, the grass, the air, the water, the sun the moon – they’re all living things. The Mother is the Earth. The Father, the Sun. The Grandmother, the Moon. And We’re the Children of that. So it’s (our) responsibility to take care of where we’re standing today. Because we’re all connected. This unity is so important for our people. No matter which way you go, no matter which way the water flows, on this territory we’re all brothers and sisters, and we must unite." Tahayote (Darryl) Chrisjohn, Oneida Nation of the Thames.
"History was made. The Inca prophecies say that when the Eagle of the North and the Condor of the South fly together, the earth will awaken. The Eagles of the North cannot be free without the Condors of the South. On April 21st, the peoples of the North and South stood together in support of Ecuador's struggle against Chevron.
A massive and historic gathering, numbering in the thousands, was held outside the World Bank in Washington, DC A new era has emerged in the relationship between the North and the South.
A very special shout out to the Six Nations, the Ecuadorian community, and to all the Canadian and American citizens who made history possible." statement from the Chevron's Dirty Hand campaign, dated April 21st, 2015
You can stay informed and up to date on Chevron in Ecuador blog, For over three decades, Chevron chose profit over people in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The cold and calculated decision to save $3 per barrel and yet poison entire communities is compounded daily as Chevron continues its PR campaign to suppress the truth and barrage the media with lies about its actions and responsibility. This blog is part of an ever-growing campaign to counter Chevron's misinformation tactics and speak frankly about their attempts to hide their role in the world's worst oil-related disaster.
Idle No More Solidarity with Ecuadorian Indigenous People
Idle No More supports and acknowledges Ecuadorian people in their decades long battle to make Chevron pay for the devastation left behind on their territorial lands. The oil exploration in the Ecuadorian Amazon between the years 1964 and 1990 resulted in what is called one of the world’s greatest environmental disasters. Chevron has admitted that Texaco dumped over 18.5 billion gallons of toxic water into the rainforest during this period, contaminating two million acres of the Ecuadorian Amazon, with the amount dumped/spilt estimated to be roughly 30 times the amount discharged in the Exxon Valdez disaster. The Ecuadorian people are still fighting to hold oil giant Texaco which merged with Chevron in 2011 accountable for the actions of Texaco.
This past March, The International Court of Justice that a prior ruling by an Ecuadorean court, that fined the U.S.-based oil company Chevron US$9.5 billion in 2011 should be upheld. The money will benefit about 30,000 Ecuadorians, most of them indigenous
Amazon Watch reports that Chevron is already spending an estimated $400 million per year just in legal fees, compare that to the $40 million it claims to have spent on an inadequate clean-up in Ecuador.
Join us in our support to make Chevron’s Dirty Hand pay for what was a reckless disregard of the Indigenous people of Ecuador and the lands and water.
Why #AntiChevron in Canada?
Chevron is the 3rd largest corporation in the United States with revenues larger than the GDPs of 138 Nations. They are also the cause of millions of deaths and illnesses around the world due to their irresponsible and unsafe operations in countries like: Canada, Angola, Burma, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Peru, Thailand, Turkmenistan, the United Kingdom, Australia and various states in the U.S., including Alaska, Utah, Texas, and Mississippi.
In Canada, Chevron has illegally agreed to build a pipeline across the land where the Unist'ot'en people of the Wet'suwet'en clan reside. As a result, the Unist'ot'en people have denied access to surveyors and set up a roadblock preventing Chevron into the land. We stand in solidarity with the Unist'ot'en people in Canada.
In Ecuador, after 20 years of legal battle, Chevron was sentenced to compensate the affected communities in Ecuador with $9.5 Billion. Unfortunately, Chevron has slickly pulled all its assets out of Ecuador so Canada has stepped up and agreed to hear this case in the Canadian Supreme Court!!!
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