Monday May 7th a coalition of environmental organizations and activists joined forces with Indigenous organizers at Mazaska Talks and other local tribes to make a statement against Chase Banks increased investments in tar sand projects. This action was outside the Russell Investments Center downtown—location of the Pacific Northwest Chase management.
Last May Chase was confronted by activists challenging their support of tar sands extraction through investing in those types of companies/projects. In response to this nationwide action, a Chase spokesperson said they would talk with the First Nations tribes these projects directly impact but within a year, had failed to do so. They also increased their investments by 400% within the year. Which sent a very clear message they do not acknowledge Indigenous sovereignty, climate change, and value profits over the people and planet.
In addition to the lasting harm in the atmosphere/planet, these tar sands extraction projects attract a lot of men to work creating pop up "man camps". These camps have shown to be hotspots for missing and murdered Indigenous women.
This action was led by Indigenous women and allies highlighting this devastating aspect of tar sands extraction. This action also targeted JPMorgan Chase's PNW Chairwoman, Phyllis Campbell. Calling on her to talk with these women about divesting from these destructive projects. She did not come down, but JPMorgan Chase contacted the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion and requested meetings with all of the First Nations impacted by the Trans Mountain pipeline.