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Hollywood stars have come together to write a letter to City National’s parent company, the Royal Bank of Canada, to defund Canada’s gas pipeline.
The letter, signed in solidarity, urges the Royal Bank of Canada to “withdraw its support for the Coastal GasLink pipeline, effective immediately.”
The letter goes on to say, “City National Bank’s parent company, Royal Bank of Canada, is funding the climate crisis and violating the rights of Indigenous peoples.
More than 65 celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon and Robert Downey Jr., banded together to send the letter to parent company City National Bank.
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City National Bank was dubbed the “Bank of Stars” and acquired Royal Bank of Canada in 2015.
Some of the celebrities mentioned filmed an awareness video together, using the hashtag #NoMoreDirtyBanks.
Ruffalo launched the video explaining the bank’s involvement in the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
“Right now, big banks like the Royal Bank of Canada are funding a fractured gas pipeline bulldozing through Wet’suwet’en Nation lands in northern British Columbia, Canada.”
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He went on to say, “The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs never consented to this pipeline construction out of their fears, which would endanger the sacred springs of the Wedzin Kwa River, but that’s where it’s at. gets complicated.”
“The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs as the rightful title holders of the land, but companies still get away with consulting only government-appointed ‘elected leaders’ colonial.”
In a statement to Variety, which released the letter as an announcement, Coastal GasLink said: “From the beginning of the project, Coastal GasLink has sought to engage and consult with Wet’suwet’en homes through l Wet’suwet’en Office intermediary and elected leaders.We want to listen and seek meaningful ways to address interests and concerns, including ensuring the pipeline is built under the Morice River using the latest technology. safest available.
“Coastal GasLink recognizes that Indigenous reconciliation and the fight against climate change are essential to creating a better and more sustainable world,” the statement added. We encourage anyone interested to take the time to understand all the facts and the important role that Indigenous communities play in the development and construction of the project. »
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Royal Bank of Canada did not respond to the video or letter.
Representatives for Royal Bank of Canada and City National Bank did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.