The 'Freedom Train' arrived at Union Station on May 8, 2012, in downtown Toronto.
Credits: Stan Behal Photo/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency
TORONTO - The Yinka Dene Alliance plans to bring its message of "No Pipeline" directly to the head of Enbridge Wednesday afternoon during the company's annual general meeting.
The First Nations group behind the Freedom Train tour across Canada wants to send a message to Enbridge, which is proposing the 1,177-km Northern Gateway Pipeline, by protesting outside of the meeting at the King Edward Hotel.
"This isn't about deals," Chief Jackie Thomas said at Metro Hall Wednesday, prior to the walk along King St. to the hotel.
"Enbridge says they're open to talking with us about benefits. There is nothing to talk about. This is a project we cannot and will never accept."
The Yinka Dene Alliance says its territories and communities require the land to be sustainable to them for food and clean water supply.
The group also planned to hold a traditional aboriginal water ceremony and rally outside of Metro Hall before the march.
Toronto Police officers were seen guarding the front entrance of the hotel Wednesday morning.
Enbridge previously told QMI Agency the company is open to holding a dialogue about concerns, but the decision to deny a crude oil pipeline is not reflective of the attitudes of most Canadians.