September 5, 2016 10:39 am
Updated: September 5, 2016 5:51 pm

Sacred totem pole leads procession down streets of downtown Winnipeg

Hundreds flock to the streets of downtown Winnipeg to protest the Energy East Pipeline.

Zahra Premji/Global News

WINNIPEG — A gift to the Manitoba First Nations chiefs leading a campaign against the Energy East Pipeline made its way down the streets of downtown Winnipeg Monday.

The Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (MEJC) marched alongside the First Nations people of Manitoba. Leading the procession, a gift from Lummi nation. A sacred totem pole, nearly seven metres long.

The First Nations communities said they’re fighting against the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline. The march started at Oodena Circle at the Forks.

The brightly painted totem pole has had a long journey of over 8,000 kilometers, travelling across North America, and now making its way to Winnipeg.

Organizers said the main concern and the main reason for this gathering Monday is to remind people that water is life. They said the message is clear. They want water to be protected and their concerns lie with the proposed pipeline threatening the resource.

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