The Marcopper mine
Placer Dome/Barrick Gold's Marcopper mine, Marinduque, Philippines. C. Coumans photo.

Canada Needs a Human Rights Ombudsperson for the International Mining, Oil and Gas Sectors

Jamie Kneen Communications and Outreach Coordinator responsible for: strategic research, social media, and public engagement; our Africa program, environmental assessment, and uranium mining.

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.

FOUR ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

1. JOIN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA BLITZ January 23 to 28, 2017

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and share with your friends what a real Extractive Industry Ombudsperson looks like!

2.  WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR MP

A personalized letter is worth its weight in gold. You can look up your MP's coordinates online.

3. TWEET TO François-Philippe Champagne, MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Help us convince Minister Champagne that it's time to make Canada Open for Justice by creating an Ombudsperson.

Sample tweet: @FP_Champagne Canada needs an ombudsperson to investigate extractive sector human rights abuses http://bit.ly/2e22wpq #open4justice

4. MEET YOUR MP

Phone or arrange to meet with your MP to discuss this important issue (find your MP here). Tips for meeting with your MP and campaign talking points are provided below under the heading "Resources." Call to schedule your meeting right away. Don't delay - MPs are in their home ridings December 19-Jan 31.

RESOURCES

CAMPAIGN BACKGROUNDER from MiningWatch partner Inter Pares

NEW: OMBUDSPERSON INFOGRAPHIC A helpful visual that outlines the key aspects of our ombudsperson proposal.

NEW: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF MODEL LEGISLATION You don't need to be a lawyer to read this.

NEW: ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS A one-pager on the essential elements of an ombudsperson office.

NEW: TALK IS NOT ENOUGH Why Canada needs an extractive sector ombudsperson (includes a chart comparing the Ombudsperson to the CSR Counsellor and the OECD NCP).

NEW: MP LOBBYING KIT (also from Inter Pares) We encourage you to phone or visit your MP to seek their support for this important issue.

Learn more - visit our Open for Justice campaign page