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First Nations take their pipeline protest to the top

First Nations groups marched through the corridors of power in downtown Toronto on Wednesday to protest the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline at the annual meeting of the pipeline's sponsor, Enbridge Inc.

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Chief Martin Louie of Nadleh Whut'en arrives at the Enbridge Inc. annual shareholders' meeting in Toronto on Wednesday.

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Before entering the meeting, Chief Martin Louie led the First Nations protesters and their supporters through downtown Toronto, past the bank towers at Bay and King, toward the King Edward hotel.

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A tourist gets an unexpected photo as the protesters march through downtown Toronto toward the meeting.

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The protesters gather outside the Enbridge annual meeting at the King Edward hotel.

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Before the meeting, Chief Martin Louie rallies protesters and their supporters outside the hotel.

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Protesters voice their displeasure with the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

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Inside the hotel, Enbridge Inc. president and CEO Patrick Daniel speaks at the annual meeting as John Ridsdale, Chief Na'Moks, of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, right, and Chief Martin Louie of Nadleh Whut'en nation, left, listen.

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Chief Na'Moks of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, from left, Chief Martin Louie of Nadleh Whut'en, and Chief Jackie Thomas of the Saik'az nation sit in the front row. All were firm in their absolute opposition to the project, and warned years of legal action lie ahead if Enbridge presses ahead.

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A photograph of a mock-up model of part of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project was on display.

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During the meeting, Chief Na'Moks is silhouetted against a shareholders' proposal, displayed on a video screen, about the investment risks "associated with First Nations' opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline."

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Enbridge Inc. chairman David Arledge shakes hands with John Ridsdale, Chief Na'Moks, of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, left, and Chief Martin Louie of Nadleh Whut'en nation.

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Chief Martin Louie is escorted from the King Edward hotel after the Enbridge annual meeting. During the meeting, he told the board, "we are not going to go away."

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Chief Martin Louie tucks his proxy slip in his drum after emerging from the Enbridge annual meeting.

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