Shark-calling festival poster
Shark-calling festival poster

Ban Seabed Mining! Embracing Our Culture

Show your support and solidarity with The Kono Community in Papua New Guinea! On July 29th and 30th the Kono community in the West Coast Barok Area of the Namatanai District, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea will stage the Cultural Shark...

Filing the administrative appeal against the Valparaíso Regional Environmental Assessment Service.

Putaendo Won't Surrender

Communities of Putaendo, in Chile’s Valparaíso region, have filed a judicial appeal with the Environmental Assessment Service (SEA in Spanish), demonstrating various omissions and inaccuracies made by the Canadian mining company during the Environmental Assessment of its Vizcachitas project....

Miners' memorial in Elliot Lake, Ontario. Photo courtesy Janice Martell of the McIntyre Powder Project.

Uranium City – What happened to the miners?

(Guest blog by Paul Filteau) In June of 1981, a company executive from Eldorado had flown in to Uranium City, Saskatchewan to announce closure of the Beaverlodge Mine, the main employer. It was completely unexpected. It was a tight knit and prosperous community. The 3000 residents...

Mining Truck @istock Alcor
Mining Truck @istock Alcor

Opinion: On Climate, Has Natural Resources Minister Been Captured by the Mining Lobby? 

The federal minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Seamus O’Regan Jr., has recently co-signed a series of opinion pieces across the country (e.g....

Video recording of The Water Defenders: A Celebration and Reflections on International Solidarity in El Salvador's Victory over Mining

Book Launch! The Water Defenders: A Celebration and Reflections on International Solidarity in El Salvador's Victory over Mining

[Update: video recordings of the event are available in English and Spanish!] 

On the 12th anniversary of the assassination of Salvadoran...

deep sea mining equipment
Nautilus equipment to mine hydrothermal vents

Canada’s Role in Deep Seabed Mining

Join MiningWatch Canada, Oceans North and other Canadian organizations in calling for a moratorium on deep seabed mining in international waters. Sign the ...

Women Workers at Eddy Match Factory in Hull Quebec ca.1880
Women Workers at Eddy Match Factory in Hull Quebec ca.1880

“Allumettières” Recognition Award

Last Saturday, I had the great honour and surprise of receiving the “Allumettières” Recognition Award from the regional Fédération Intercoopérative de l'Outaouais, including for the commitment and work done with...

Kumtor mine
Kumtor Gold Mine, Kyrgyzstan. Photo: Bankwatch.

Centerra Gold: The Ugly Face of Canadian Capitalism

Back in the early 1990s, the Kumtor mine was meant to become newly independent Kyrgyzstan’s ticket to prosperity. Kumtor, the seventh largest gold deposit in the world at the time, became the first mine in Central Asia to be operated by a Western company. But as often is the case with...

mining truck
Plusieurs nouveaux magnats du secteur minier salivent devant les milliards en subventions qu’on agite sous leur nez, déplorent les auteurs. (Photo: iStock)

Avoiding a "Green Shift" Towards Tax Havens

By Alain Deneault and Ugo Lapointe (Respectively, professor, author of "Canada: A New Tax Haven" and co-founder of Échec aux paradis...

Protest against Mineração Aurizona. Photo courtesy MAB.

Open Letter to Equinox Gold and Brazilian Authorities

We, Brazilian and international civil society organizations, would like to express our great concern and indignation about the situation currently affecting 1,500 families of the Aurizona district, located in the municipality of Godofredo Viana, in the Amazon region of the Brazilian state of...

Protestas en Chubut en diciembre de 2020

Community and Environmental Concerns Not “Pertinent” to Pan American Silver’s Business

Vancouver-based mining company Pan American Silver held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 12th: the final shareholder meeting for retiring founder and Board Chair Ross Beaty. To shareholders attending online, Beaty narrated a glowing chronicle of Pan American Silver’s socially and...

Dilution is Not the Solution - Indigenous Laws to Protect Watersheds
Dilution is Not the Solution - Indigenous Laws to Protect Watersheds

Dilution is Not the Solution – Mining Pollution, Compliance and Recognizing Indigenous Laws to Protect Watersheds

The industry is working hard to paint B.C. mining as “green” and meeting global ESG standards because it can supply “low-carbon” materials needed to support the green energy...

Referendum ballot
Referendum ballot - Cuenca

INV Metals Says It Won’t Respect Ecuador Referendum Favouring Water Over Mining

On February 7, 2021, the same day as the first round of Ecuador’s presidential election, the National Electoral Council (CNC in Spanish) held a popular vote on banning industrial mining in the watersheds of 5 rivers surrounding the city of Cuenca. Residents voted overwhelmingly (80%) in favour...

Green Energy, Green Mining, Green New Deal?

Webinar: Green Energy, Green Mining, Green New Deal?

Join us on May 5! The mining sector is working hard to take advantage of the climate crisis, painting mining as "green" because it supplies materials needed to support the "green" energy transition. But unless demand for both energy and materials are curtailed, environmental...

Agua Rica Illegal - Andalgalá

Open Letter: Canadian Organizations Stand in Solidarity with People of Andalgalá Protesting Yamana Gold’s Agua Rica Project

Since March 2nd, the Assembly El Algarrobo has been demonstrating against Yamana Gold’s large-scale copper, gold, silver, and molybdenum project in Andalgalá, Catamarca province, Argentina. The massive mobilizations have included peaceful strikes and selective road blockades leading to the...

'I Am Xinka' Banner at Guatemala Constitutional Court; Photo: Jackie McVicar

3900 People Demand Pan American Silver Stop Fueling Violence in Guatemala

Dear Pan American Silver,

When you purchased the Escobal mine in 2019, you knew about the broad opposition to the project and that there had been violent repression against those involved in the fight. Now, your refusal to halt local programs in Xinka communities is fomenting tension...