Toronto - December 15, 2014 - The Chevron's Dirty Hand public awareness tour across Canada continues to demand justice for thousands of indigenous people who have been poisoned, displaced, or have died from cancer and other diseases linked to Chevron's devastation of the environment around the world.
To date, the tour organized by the Anti-Chevron Committee – which includes UFCW Canada activists – has brought the campaign to over 15 locations including the University of Toronto, York University, University of British Colombia, Wilfred Laurier University and McMaster University among others, where hundreds of students have taken a stand against Chevron.
The committee is also working with several community groups including the Unist'ot'en People in British Columbia, whose ancestral land is currently being threatened by a proposed Chevron pipeline.
Last week, the Anti-Chevron committee also travelled to Ottawa, where the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments on whether Ecuadorian communities affected by Chevron's contamination of the Amazon region can legally pursue the company's assets in Canada and collect the US$9.5 billion dollars judgment granted to them by the Ecuador courts in 2011. The decision of Canada’s Supreme Court is not expected for some months. The Ecuadoran courts had found Chevron guilty of consciously and systemically contaminating Ecuador’s Amazon rain forest.
"After launching the tour at the end of October, we have made significant strides in educating and bringing awareness to these environmental disasters caused by Chevron," said Pablo Godoy, member of the Anti-Chevron Committee, and a UFCW Canada national representative. "We hope that in the New Year we can reach out to more people and continue the momentum."
To find out more about the campaign or to book a free workshop, go to: www.antichevron.ca, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/chevronsdirtyhand , and Twitter at https://twitter.com/chevronsdirty.