Calling all artists to help with Line 3 resistance, and other pipeline updates

In this blog:

  • Calling all artists! Participate in Stop Line 3 art drive
  • Revisiting the connection between major pipeline construction projects and sex trafficking
  • Disingenuous: Enbridge plugs Indigenous prayer ceremony supporting Line 3

Calling all artists! Stop Line 3 art drive

Please join MN350 and Northfield Against Line 3 in creating art to support Indigenous-led frontline resistance to the Line 3 pipeline! Here’s the Facebook event page for two virtual events.

Sunday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. CST: Attend Protest Art 101! RSVP HERE for a virtual art build. Join Line 3 movement artists Jonas, Ki, and Dio for a teach-in on crafting effective protest art.

Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. CST: Paint or draw from home, hang out with others in the movement, and ask your questions about Line 3 and protest art. Artists can deliver their finished artwork to drop off sites in Minneapolis or Northfield throughout the week. Timing and locations TBA. Share your work online! Post pictures of your completed artwork on Instagram and tag @resist_line_3, @mn350.climatemovement, and @nfld.against.line.three.

All along the pipeline corridor in Northern Minnesota, groups are protesting, shutting down construction, and holding community and spiritual space to interrupt Enbridge’s plans to build Line 3. We want to send up as much protest art as we can to support the resistance. The art you create will first be sent to the Giniw Collective and the Gitchigumi Scouts, and then will be shared with others as capacity allows.

Revisiting the connection between major pipeline construction projects and sex trafficking

The Star Tribune’s recent article “Sex trafficking could spike near Enbridge pipeline project, Minnesota warns,” with the following:

Among the thousands of pages of documents filed in the Enbridge Line 3 permitting process, state regulators made a striking conclusion about construction on the pipeline: “The addition of a temporary, cash-rich workforce increases the likelihood that sex trafficking or sexual abuse will occur.”

Predictably, Enbridge rejected any suggestion of problems and touted its Human Trafficking Prevention Plan and training.

The article quotes Sheila Lamb (Ojibwe), a youth advocate and member of the state Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force, saying Enbridge’s plan wouldn’t be effective if trafficking penalties aren’t increased.

As we have argued before, Enbridge’s Human Trafficking Prevention Plan is a farce. The fact that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved it is embarrassing.

Photo by Laurie Shaull.

The plan had five elements. Here’s one example of how shallow it is. In one section — just two paragraphs long — Enbridge commits to a “Zero Tolerance Policy.” Here it is:

At Enbridge, we are guided by a strong set of values: Integrity, Safety and Respect. We hold ourselves and others to these values. … Enbridge’s Statement on Business Conduct states that we will respect human rights and conduct our business in a socially responsible manner by never tolerating human rights abuses or being complicit in any activities [that] cause or contribute to abuse.

Enbridge will communicate a zero tolerance approach to our contractors by incorporating it into contract language and with all Line 3 Replacement Project workers through onboarding training.

The plan doesn’t explain Enbridge’s Zero Tolerance Policy, the consequences for violating it, or examples of the contract language it requires.

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa wrote Enbridge: “[I]t is unclear what ‘zero tolerance’ means. Does it include internal investigation, firing, reporting to authorities, or other provisions? Please develop and distribute the policy for comment.”

In response, Enbridge added a link to its Statement on Business Conduct, saying it had more details. The document runs 34 pages, but the phrase “Zero Tolerance” never appears. Fond du Lac deserved a better answer.

Click here for the full critique.

Disingenuous: Enbridge plugs Indigenous prayer ceremony for Line 3

Enbridge social media boasts about how, as “a matter of respect,” an Indigenous prayer ceremony was held on behalf of Line 3. It begins:

A traditional prayer ceremony and ground blessing recently held on the banks of the Mississippi River at Jacobson, Minnesota sought protection for the land and those working on Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project.

“It’s important to Enbridge because it’s starting the project out the right way,” says Patrick Hughley, who works in Tribal engagement for Enbridge. “It’s a matter of respect . . . and it needs to be a part of the entire project.”

Adds Diane, an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: “It opens our hearts and minds to listen open-heartedly, open-mindedly, and we all want the same thing. We want everybody to be safe and healthy. People are listening and they’re hearing us. We need to work together.”

Enbridge’s Line 3 prayer service might give the veneer of respecting Indigenous culture, but actions speak louder than words. In an effort to protect the land and water, the Red Lake and White Earth nations continue to oppose Line 3 — their idea of protecting the land. They are suing in state and federal court to stop it.

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