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On October 31, 2018, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and MiningWatch Canada released a study on the impact of OceanaGold's Didipio gold and copper mine in the Philippines on the surrounding communities. The study, OceanaGold in the Philippines: Ten Violations that Should Prompt Its Removal , concludes that the company has repeatedly violated President Duterte’s calls for responsible mining. The study found: a number of instances where OceanaGold has not adhered to its commitments under its mining permit and various Philippine laws and regulations; ample...
The peoples that form part of M4 who resist the capitalist and extractive model and are working towards social transformation DECLARE In Guatemala City’s historic centre, on November 15, 16 and 17, we met to discuss and analyze current efforts to regulate prior consultation of our peoples in order to build collective strategies based on shared principles in defence of nature, our shared commons, and to denounce once more the manipulativeness of big business and the role played by states. We reaffirm our resistance to the corrupt and extractivist capitalist model,...
MiningWatch Canada has carried out and reported on yearly human rights assessments at Barrick Gold’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania since 2014. We have interviewed well over a hundred victims of violence at the hands of private and public mine security at the mine, including killings, maiming, rape, and gang rape. In December 2016, Barrick Gold’s majority-owned subsidiary (64%) Acacia started to implement a new company-led, non-judicial, Operation-level Grievance Mechanism for victims of human rights abuses caused, or contributed to, by the operations of the North Mara Gold Mine...
(From the Red Mountain Residents Association) The Willa Mine, located south of Silverton, in the Kootenays region of British Columbia, which has been touted as a profitable investment by a series of different owners over the past 35 years, has been abandoned by its present owners, MX Gold Corporation. For two years the mine has been in a dangerous state of neglect. Huge rocks above the lower portal entrance are very unstable, and the security screening is down. The bridge over Aylwin Creek to the upper portal is disintegrating and the slope is severely eroded. Warning signs have...
Guest Blog: Ryan MacRae, Economics Graduate from Mount Allison University working with the Latin American Mission's Program (LAMP) in Dominican Republic​ (Dominican Republic) Driving along the highway, roughly 10 minutes after passing through the community of Maimón, you begin to hear it: the faint sound of merengue music blasting from large speakers off in the distance. As you approach closer, the sound intensifies, until the scene finally unveils itself from atop a hill on the side of the highway. A small hut with tarps stretching out above groups of people sitting in circles...
Credit Krauze-Tax-Huhne
Let the Trudeau Government know you want Canada to act now to fix the loopholes that still allow large mining corporations to avoid paying taxes on the profit they make from Canadian non-renewable mining resources: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca, Minister.Ministre@NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca, Bill.Morneau@parl.gc.ca Also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MiningWatch/photos/a.159044878025/10156175080248026/?type=3&theater Below are 3 important articles and reactions from different experts relating the recent Court ruling on the Cameco mining case vs Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA...
This past month, over 3,700 individuals took action in support of Guatemalan communities right to say “No” to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine. The action re-sent a letter delivered to Tahoe Resources’ offices in Reno, NV and Guatemala City by allies at the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) and representatives of Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa and the Xinka Parliament respectively. The letter demands permanent closure of the mine given the environmental harms, community division, militarization and repression that the project has brought into their lives. It...
Kirsten Francescone
MiningWatch Canada is excited to announce that Kirsten Francescone has joined our staff as Latin America Program Coordinator. Kirsten brings a strong commitment to social justice and comes to us with many years of experience working with activists, networks, and decision-makers in Canada and internationally. Kirsten replaces Jen Moore in this position. MiningWatch owes Jen an enormous debt of gratitude for her seven and a half years of tireless work on behalf of communities affected by mining across the region, and we will continue to take advantage of her skills, dedication, and thoughtful...
(Courtesy of Frederick Ipara ) This video was done by the customary landowners of the area occupied by the Porgera Gold Mine located in Porgera District, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. The current operator of the mine is Barrick (Niugini) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold. The mine has been in operation for well over 25 years by now. Over the years, the mine had done catastrophic damage to the people and the environment, but the company and the government have failed to address those issues. Barrick had been criticized in Africa and elsewhere in the world, accused...
Guest blog by Ellen Moore, EARTHWORKS Tahoe Resources, a Canadian mining company with head offices in Reno, NV, began production at the Escobal silver mine in San Rafael Las Flores located in southeastern Guatemala in January 2014. Beginning in 2011, residents in San Rafael Las Flores, Mataquescuintla, and other nearby municipalities who oppose the project have suffered violent repression and systematic criminalization of local leaders. Operations at Escobar have been effectively suspended beginning in June 2017, first as a result of direct community action, and then by order of the court in...