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Ecuadorian Undersecretary of Mining Henry Troya Presents at PDAC 2017; Photo: MiningWatch
On Monday, together with the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, we helped deliver the below statement during 'Ecuador Day' at the 2017 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's annual convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Written and signed by over twenty Ecuadorian organizations, it questions the legitimacy with which Ecuador is being promoted as 'open for mining business' and the conflict that this has created - and is anticipated to continue fomenting - in mining-affected communities around the country where companies such as Toronto-based INV Metals are operating...
'Toxic Toronto' bus tour; a trip through the mining industry's belly of the beast
This week, while an anticipated 20,000+ people wine and dine, discussing multi-million dollar deals and dreams during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada mining convention ( PDAC 2017 ) at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre, affected communities continue to pay a high price with their lives and lands around the world. On Sunday, the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network ( MISN ) toured about 100 people through the streets of Toronto's financial district in two buses draped with banners reading: "Toxic Toronto - belly of the beast for the global mining industry" . They...
Berta Cáceres, Nelson García and Tomás García; Artist: Pat Perry
On March 2, 2016, Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, an organizer with the Lenca people’s resistance in Honduras, was murdered despite security measures that she had been granted given constant threats against her. Today, in Ottawa, in response to the call from Berta’s family and her organization the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), and in the context of dozens of actions around the world, there will be a commemoration of Berta’s life from 7-9 pm at the Friends’ House (Quaker Meeting House, 91A Fourth Ave). We will reaffirm our commitment to never...
After seven years, four murders and US$24 million in total legal costs, in October 2016, a little-known World Bank tribunal trashed OceanaGold’s claim that El Salvador either owed it a mining permit for a proposed gold mine or US$250 million dollars. The Washington D.C.-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) panel decided that OceanaGold’s predecessor Pacific Rim Mining never met the legal requirements under El Salvador’s mining law to obtain a permit to exploit gold and must pay the Central American country US$8 million towards its legal costs. Vancouver-...
With deep concern, we share the following statement from the Ecumenical Human Rights Commission of Ecuador (CEDHU its initials in Spanish) denouncing the arrest of a Shuar Indigenous leader in southeastern Ecuador. This is part of an ongoing campaign of militarization, criminalization and forced displacement of the Shuar people and affected campesino communities in order to proceed with a large scale, open-pit copper and gold project without consent, which we first denounced in December . The company involved, ExplorCobres S.A., is a subsidiary of the Canadian-registered companies Corriente...
Teztan Biny
Ecojustice and MiningWatch Canada head to court this week to defend Fish Lake ("Teztan Biny" in Tŝilhqot’in) from a risky mining project . Mining projects often put communities and the environment in great peril – we only need to look to the Mount Polley tailings spill to see an example of the long-lasting devastation they can cause. That’s why we’ll be in court this week to help uphold a federal assessment that found the New Prosperity mine project in Tŝilhqot’in territory in central B.C. would have serious ecological and cultural impacts. If this sounds familiar, that’s because...
The Marcopper mine
Human rights abuses at Canadian-owned mining sites around the world are widespread and well-documented. Victims of such abuse have nowhere to turn to seek justice. MiningWatch has joined with the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) to urge Canada to create an effective, independent Ombudsman for the Extractive Sector to hold Canadian mining companies to account.
Arthur Manuel
The staff and Directors of MiningWatch Canada are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Arthur Manuel . We extend our most sincere condolences to his family, and to his extended circles of friends and comrades. It was our honour to work with him and learn from him. He was a great thinker, orator, and strategist, and he brought honour to the Sepwepemc People as a visionary leader and an eloquent spokesperson as he worked for the recognition and respect of his community, his People, and all Indigenous Peoples. We are greatly indebted to Art for helping us understand and work to reinforce...
Join us for the upcoming Ottawa book launch of Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America with authors Todd Gordon and Jeffrey R. Webber that we are co-sponsoring with Octopus Books and Fernwood Publishing. Wednesday, January 11th at 7pm Life of Pie Bakery & Café 1134 Bank St, Ottawa On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/920115051423584/ Rooted in thousands of pages of Access to Information documents and dozens of interviews carried out throughout Latin America, Blood of Extraction examines the increasing presence of Canadian mining companies in...
Today, nearly fifty international organizations and networks sent the following letter to Ecuadorian authorities urging an immediate end to the militarization and the State of Emergency that was declared in the southeastern Amazonian province of Morona Santiago last week. Instead of force, they urged for there to be openness to dialogue over the proposed Panantza-San Carlos mine project with the Shuar and campesino communities in accord with their constitutional and internationally recognized Indigenous and human rights. A joint communiqué translated to English from the National federation of...