(Emily Thiessen/Twitter)

This morning, from 8 to 9 AM, Victorians opposing the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion took to the streets outside of the Canada Revenue Agency building in downtown Victoria to protest the use of federal funds in subsidizing the project.

The opposition arose after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government’s intentions to use public funding to aid Kinder Morgan when the project was put on pause due to resistance from BC’s provincial government.

This morning’s protest

Today’s demonstration highlighted the use of Indigenous land in the pipeline expansion – a move that goes against the wishes of several Indigenous Nations and defies Trudeau’s promises to work towards reconciliation.

It took place outside the Federal Tax Services building on Vancouver Street, and protestors blocked employee access to the building, forcing it to shut down for an hour.

The organizers posted a strongly worded Facebook event prior to the demonstration, calling on those who “desire decolonization in deeds not words” to “take initiative to resist the brutal collaboration of governments and corporations”. Over 500 people responded to the event page.

Check out these photos from the event:

(Emily Thiessen/Twitter)

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