Thursday, December 15, 2016

「日本の大手銀行:人権侵害と環境破壊に配慮し、DAPLへの資金提供を打ち切ってください!」に関するお願い Petition endorsement: Japanese Big Banks: Stop funding human and environmental rights abuses at DAPL now!









 実行委員会 代表 島田あけみ

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Petition endorsement: Japanese Big Banks: Stop funding human and environmental rights abuses at DAPL now!

December 15, 2016

My name is Akemi Shimada and I am the chair of the Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Program. As an indigenous Ainu, I ask you to join us in solidarity with our indigenous brothers and sisters opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in defense of their land, people, sacred sites, and environment.

We have learned that three Japanese banks, Mizuho Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group are crucial stakeholders, contributing 1.5 billion US dollars in funds for this project. In spite of vehement opposition by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe since the plan’s inception, DAPL is to be constructed through their unceded traditional lands, threatening the Tribe’s sole water source and sacred sites. Crossing four states and hundreds of waterways between North Dakota and Illinois, the pipeline also poses a risk to the safety of the water supply of some 17 million people.

Co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), Dennis Banks, who is actively participating in the protests against DAPL stated: “We are part mountain. We are part ocean. We are part river. We are part flower, and grass, and tree. All of this, we are part of all of it, so that when they threaten the environment anyplace, they’re threatening you.” These words resonate and find commonality with the Ainu ways of thinking: nature is not something to be possessed, rather it gives life and allows us to grow. With the words of wisdom of our Ainu ancestors in mind, I would like to express my solidarity with the Native American movement against DAPL.

As one Ainu who owes her way of life to what our ancestors have carefully safeguarded for us, I ask for your cooperation. Please sign this petition and urge the above institutions to withdraw their investment in DAPL immediately.

Akemi Shimada
Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Program, Chair

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