Manitobans come together to support demonstrators at Standing Rock
WINNIPEG — A protest earlier this month brought downtown traffic in Winnipeg to a standstill. Since then, support for protesters at Standing Rock continues to grow.
“We feel very personally connected to what’s happening to our relatives south of the border,” Andrew Vineberg, climate justice organizer said.
It’s a fight that’s resonating at home, and one that local activists believe will continue despite recent efforts by North Dakota authorities to choke off donations and supplies from coming in.
“There’s a lot of water protectors out there and we’re also looking after our future generations so I’m sure it’s going to continue,” Lisa Strong, a local activist said.
Winnipeggers are coming together in many different ways to help. There are almost a dozen events happening in the city in the next two weeks to raise money for the camps.
Monique Woroniak saw a need for an online hub where Manitobans could find out where fundraising events were happening and basic information about the protest. She created Groundwork For Change and suggests sending money rather than supplies.
“That way the camp can buy what they need to make it through the winter,” Woroniak said.
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