Thousands of people screamed "Water is life!" from Queen's Park in Toronto last Saturday, in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a proposed oil pipeline that will cross the Missouri River and destroy sacred indigenous burial grounds near Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
The front lines of the Standing Rock protest have become treacherous, with peaceful protestors being controlled by a strong military presence using pepper spray and attack dogs.
In Toronto, both non-indigenous and indigenous people stood in solidarity for those holding their ground at Standing Rock, as well as to voice their concerns for the state of clean drinking water worldwide.
Their march down University Avenue to Nathan Phillips Square ended with a powerful traditional round dance, all hand-in-hand and moving to the beat of the drums in the traditional prayer for what water provides.
TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2016
Photos copyright Vanessa Tignanelli 2016