Hundreds of citizens descended upon Gore park this afternoon to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux.
It’s one of a series of rallies that have erupted across both Canada and the United States in response to the Dakota Access pipeline.
There are concerns that if it continues to be built as planned that it will pump hundreds of thousand of barrels of crude oil per day through sacred land.
Rod Nettagog says he joined the rally to create awareness about environmental risks.
One of which centres around the water supply in the event of a leak because sections of the pipeline, if completed, would cut through the Missouri River.
“What we take for granted, you know, we forget about when we wake up in the morning and we have that cup of coffee or we have that shower or a bath and we wash our face” Nettagog said.
“We have the privilege of clean water, so we want everyone to have that same privilege, for our future generations.”
Following the rally at Gore Park, organizers from the group Hamilton 350 directed protesters to march to banks in the area that they say have heavily invested in this project.
One member, Ute Schmid-Jones says they are calling for three major Canadian banks to divest and move towards renewables and sustainable energy.
Protester Eleanor Hayward said she is prepared to personally pull out of her bank and is currently looking at credit unions, noting, “all we have against the corporations and big banks is people power.”