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Indigenous leaders at People's Climate March call for protection of water from oil pollution (PHOTOS)

Photo of prayer at Peoples Climate March by Zack Embree
Eriel Deranger, ACFN, by Zack Embree
All photos by Zack Embree

First Nation environmental advocates from Canada gathered in New York for the Peoples' Climate March, the largest climate rally in history. Vancouver-based photographer Zack Embree captured photographs from Pier 25, where leaders held a prayer and called to protect water from Alberta's tar sands pollution.

Standing in front of a banner "We all live downstream", the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, who have launched ongoing legal battles against oil companies like Shell, highlighted the importance of clean water. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Fort Chipewyan live downstream of the bitumen extraction mines, and have had elevated levels of bile duct cancer in their tiny community.  


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