Norway's Sami Parliament is calling on its biggest bank and the Norwegian Oil Fund to withdraw its investments in the companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline Project, following claims it will threaten the health and human rights of the local indigenous tribes.
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Activist Mike Smith has been raising awareness about environmental issues and indigenous peoples. Tonight Smith joins us in the studio to discuss the recent visit of the indigenous Norwegian, Sami President Aili Keskitalo to Aotearoa, Māori joining the Standing Rock cause in North Dakota and marine protection areas.
There is growing support in the Far North for a planned protest at a meeting of Statoil executives. They're scheduled to meet with the Northland Regional Council in Whangarei on Friday morning as a requirement of their permit to explore the seabed for oil.
Leaders of the Sápmi nation in Norway have told directors of the Statoil company not to trample on the indigenous rights of Māori.