Communities in resistance gather at encampment in Casillas, Guatemala near the Escobal mine. Photo credit: NISGUA

Global Mining Corporations Have a Friend in the New Guatemalan Government

The new president has appointed a former mining executive to a high-level post, worrying indigenous communities that have long protested the company’s harmful extraction activities.

Karonsi'e Dongi Protest
Karonsi'e Dongi Protest, January 2020

MiningWatch and JATAM Write to Vale Indonesia and Vale Canada to Support Karonsi'e Dongi Demand for Electricity

MiningWatch Canada joined JATAM, the Indonesian Mining Advocacy Network, in writing to Vale Indonesia and Vale Canada to renew a request that the company support the restoration of the electricity to homes of the Karonsi’e Dongi people in Bumper, East Luwu, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Protest in front of Government House in Mendoza, Argentina, against use of toxic chemicals in mining. Photo via Twitter (@EnriqueViale).

Background on Pro-Mining Law Amendments in Mendoza, Argentina

On December 20th, the Provincial Court of the Argentinean province of Mendoza amended an anti-mining Law (#7722) to permit the use of dangerous chemical substances banned under the law like cyanide and sulphuric acid used in the mining industry, essentially giving a green light to large-scale mining in the province.

Banro's Twangiza mine, DRC

Banro Corporation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The international community remains concerned with the ability of transnational mining corporations to operate outside the law, with a lack of enforced accountability for violations committed. Banro Corporation, operating gold mines in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), serves as a case study for the need to find solutions to protect not only the diverse and sensitive eco-system of the region, but also the lives, dignity, and human rights of its people.

La vida como un ejemplo a seguir tiene un nombre, GLORIA.

Gloria Chicaiza Physically Gone But Forever Remembered

We wish to express our deep sense of loss for our comrade, Gloria Chicaiza Aguilar, who succumbed to complications from a lung transplant on December 28, 2019. 

Teztan Biny
Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), Tŝilhqot’in territory, British Columbia, which the Tŝilhqot’in Nation has fought to protect from Taseko Mines’ proposed “Prosperity” mine for almost three decades. Photo courtesy Tŝilhqot’in National Government.

Federal Court of Appeal Shuts Down Taseko Mines Over "Prosperity" Mine Rejection

This Wednesday, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Taseko Mines Ltd.'s case against the federal environmental assessment of its proposed New Prosperity copper-gold mine in Tŝilhqot’in territory in central British Columbia. The Court found that the federal review panel was well within its authority to make the findings that it did, but also found that Taseko had not shown any inadequacies in the way the Panel had evaluated the information it had received.

Integrantes de las asambleas ambientales se manifiestan en contra de la minería en la entrada a la Legislatura en Rawson, Argentina. Fuente: Asamblea Territorio

URGENT ACTION - Tell Multinational Mining Companies to Back Off: Chubut Already Said "No" to Mining

We, the undersigned organizations, are deeply concerned about reports emerging from Chubut, Argentina, a province in the beautiful Patagonia region, about the increased presence of the mining lobby in the provincial legislature pressuring deputies to amend Environmental Law XVII-Nº 68 (former Law 5001), which bans open-pit metal mining and the use of cyanide.

Not drought
“It’s not drought, it’s plunder” Climate Strike March, Santiago, September 2019. MiningWatch Canada photo.

Understanding Canada’s Silence on the Uprising in Chile

Last week marked one month since Chilean president Sebastian Piñera used a dictatorship-era constitutional power to declare a state of emergency in ten out of sixteen regions of the country, declaring war on protesters. The conflict, which has been superficially described as a reaction to a spike in metro fare in Santiago, has deep roots.

Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?

Selected Background Readings for "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?"

We prepared this list of key readings as background for the conference "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?" It is not exhaustive nor comprehensive, but we hope it represents some of the key threads in this discussion.

Finalizing the Working Meetings: Climate crisis, energy transition and mining extractivism in Latin America

Declaration of the Regional Gathering: Climate Crisis, Energy Transition and Mining Extractivism in Latin America, September 26-28, Santiago, Chile

Statement leading up to the COP25 in Santiago de Chile (now relocated to Madrid, Spain)

Construction at Skouries
Construction at Skouries gold mine in Halkidiki, Greece

What riches await…

Canada treats mining companies like the goose that laid the golden egg. What we get in return looks more like a goose egg.

Mining enjoys massive government support in Canada. Politically, it’s treated as a preferred development option for remote communities and Indigenous peoples. Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall once said, “The best program for First Nations and Métis people in Saskatchewan is not a program at all—it's [uranium mining company] Cameco.”

Deep sea mining is not the future. Cartoon by Max Gustafson.

Mining the Deep Sea: Stories for Suckers, and Corporate Capture of the UN

When I mention that the global mining industry is eyeing the deep seabed as the next frontier in mining I am commonly met with gasps of disbelief and dismay.

Accion Ecologica

Guest Blog: Acción Ecológica "Evaluating October 2019 in Ecuador"

The events of October 2019 dealt a hard blow to the economic plans of Ecuador’s elites, in particular their programme for eliminating fuel subsidies. But for the people these dates will be remembered as beautiful days of solidarity, of re-encounter with living traditions, of mutual recognition among equals, and of respect for differences.

Intag region present in protests "Ecuador free of Mining" (source: Marian Sofia Morillo Revuelque Títeres, Facebook)

Some Key Points to Understand What Is Going on in Ecuador in Light of Recent Massive Protests

Since October 2, Indigenous organizations, along with trade unions, social movements and peasant organizations have been demonstrating across Ecuador against a set of economic austerity measures (called the Paquetazo) imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international lending institutions that have resulted in increases of up to 120% in fuel prices; labour reforms that seriously undermine worker protections in Ecuador, such as job precarization, a downward “harmonization” of wages resulting in a 20% cut for new contracts in public sector jobs; and imposition of extractive projects (mining, oil, and gas) in a misdirected effort to solve the debt crisis. These mobilizations are indicative of a broad, decades-long opposition of Indigenous and campesino communities in particular to the imposition of extractive projects in their territories.