Fox News reports that some of Hollywood’s elite, those who earn millions of dollars each year, have jointly sent a letter and even videos to the Royal Bank of Canada demanding that it immediately quit funding the construction of a Canadian pipeline, Costal GasLink, in British Columbia.
The line that runs 670 kms will supply natural gas to an LNG facility in Kitimat, BC, that will in turn supply Asian markets reducing their dependence on coal-powered plants.
Fox News explains:
Hollywood stars have joined together to write a letter to City National’s parent company, the Royal Bank of Canada, to defund the Canada Gas pipeline. […]
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 City National Bank’s parent company.
City National Bank has been dubbed as the “Bank of the Stars” and [was] acquired [by] the Royal Bank of Canada in 2015.
Hollywood elite claim to speak for the Indian bands, but they don’t
These Hollywood elite claim that Wet’suwet’en hereditary Indian chiefs don’t want the pipeline constructed.
However, the Indian bands and their democratically elected chiefs and councillors actually support the construction of the pipeline, as it will provide hundreds of jobs to native people.
Meanwhile, Indian Bands want to invest in the GasLink pipeline
Contrary to what the Hollywood elite are claiming, several Indian bands along the GasLink pipeline route are also hoping to invest in the Coastal GasLink pipeline. READ: Indigenous groups sign option to buy 10% ownership stake in Coastal GasLink pipeline
Who are the hereditary chiefs?
Hereditary chiefs allegedly represent an intergenerational transfer of chieftaincies passed down to them from their forefathers. They claim to hold cultural authority among Indian groups.
Odd thing about these hereditary chiefs, there is nothing stopping them from actually running in Indian band elections. If they represented the views of their band, they would undoubtedly get elected.