Thousands Demonstrate Against HudBay's Constancia Mine
Thousands Demonstrate Against HudBay's Constancia Mine; Photo: Peruvian Observatory of Mining Conflicts

Thousands Protest HudBay Minerals’ Constancia Mine in Peru, Force Company to the Table

This week, thousands of affected-community members protested against HudBay Minerals’ Constancia open-pit copper mine in southern Peru. 


Constancia copper mine
HudBay's Constancia copper mine; Photo: Jen Moore

Communities Announce Protest Against HudBay Minerals’ Constancia Project in Peru

After failed attempts to dialogue with HudBay Minerals, the Velille Defence Front, community presidents, community boards, the Chumbivilcas Defence Front  and nearby districts have announced a preventative strike for 72 hours starting...

Pierre Alarie
Pierre Alarie

Ottawa, we have a problem

The Canadian Ambassador to Mexico is apparently not worried about violence, kidnapping and extortion at Canadian mine sites.

This despite a Canadian mining executive having admitted this...

Efemçukuru gold mine, Turkey. Eldorado Gold photo.

Fears of Contamination of Drinking Water of Turkey’s Third Largest City Fuel Opposition to Eldorado Gold’s Efemçukuru Mine

By Üstün B. Reinart for the Aegean Environmental Platform

(Turkey) Community groups, professional associations, and environmentalists want Eldorado Gold out of Efemçukuru, Izmir, while the company manœvres behind closed doors to...

Los Filos
Taking in the Los Filos mine, Guerrero, Mexico. Cristian Leyva photo.

Too Much To Ask? Put mining justice on the foreign policy leaders’ debate

Among questions about the Syrian refugee crisis and Canada’s military deployment abroad, the central role of the Canadian mining industry in the dispossession and forced displacement of many thousands of people around the world, including countless men, women, and children murdered, wounded, and...

The Supreme Court of Canada
The Supreme Court of Canada

Supreme Court of Canada Affirms International Enforcement of the Law, Allows Ecuadorans to Pursue Chevron Assets in Canada

In a small but significant step towards ending corporate impunity for destroying the environment and people’s health, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Ecuadoran villagers should be allowed to try to get hold of Chevron assets in Canada, to collect on the $US9.51 billion that Ecuadoran...

Otto Pérez Molina
Former President Otto Pérez Molina poses with Escobal mine workers. Photo: Tahoe Resources

Crumbling Political Support for Tahoe Resources in Guatemala

If the militarized security strategy that Tahoe Resources used to put its Escobal silver mine into operation isn’t enough to raise questions about the ethics of the company’s operations in Guatemala, the recent resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina should be. Pérez Molina stepped...
Escobal mine
Escobal mine in midst of farms - Giles Clark photo

Canadian Mining Undermines Democracy in Central America

Canada’s multinationals work hand-in-hand with corrupt governments and threaten democracy in post-conflict Central American nations.

Guest blog by Alexandra Pedersen.

Canadian mining companies account for...

TSF failures
Relationship Between Mining Metric and TSF Very Serious and Serious Failures 1940-2010

New Study Indicates Increasing Mine Disasters Worldwide - Why is the industry incapable of learning from its biggest mishaps?

A new study reveals that catastrophic mine waste failures are increasing in frequency, severity, and costs all around the world. The authors point toward poor regulations, poor...

Mt. Polley breach
The Mount Polley mine tailings lake breach occured on August 4, 2014. Cariboo Regional District photo.

Mount Polley Mine Disaster’s First Anniversary No Reason to Celebrate

By Ana Simeon and Ugo Lapointe

On August 4 last year, Quesnel Lake residents and communities along the Fraser River were eagerly anticipating one of the largest sockeye returns in recent history.

What they got instead was a nightmare: over 24 billion litres of mine waste burst...

Map - Crucitas
Aerial view of Crucitas site showing open pit locations. Infinito Gold photo.

Good Riddance Infinito Gold, A Long Overdue Farewell to Costa Rica

Canadian, US and other international civil society organizations welcome Infinito Gold’s announcement that it is calling it quits on its tortuous quest to open the Crucitas mine in Costa Rica in spite of the determined opposition of the Costa Rican people and repeated court decisions against it...

Deep Sea Mining – A new frontier for ecosystem destruction

This week the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority (ISA) is meeting in Jamaica to consider draft regulations for the exploitation of seabed mineral resources. MiningWatch Canada joins a growing global outcry over the speed at which the ISA is moving from licensing deep sea...

Escobal opposition banner
Escobal opposition banner

In Wake of Guatemala Corruption Scandals, Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Licence Faces Legal Challenge

Guest Blog: Ellen Moore, Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)

On July 12, 2015, the Guatemalan Centre for Environmental and Social Legal Action (CALAS) filed criminal charges against former Minister of Energy and Mines, Erik Archila, and former...

Porgera rape survivors
Catherine Coumans interviewing Porgera rape survivors

Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights re: Barrick Gold’s Grievance Mechanism at Porgera Mine

Barrick Gold’s proposed assessment of its project-level non-judicial grievance mechanism for sexual assault victims in Papua New Guinea does not meet criteria set by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2013, particularly with regard to process, independence, inclusiveness and...

MiningWatch Canada Personnel

The MiningWatch Canada national office staff consists of a Canada Program Coordinator, a Communications and Outreach Coordinator, a Research Coordinator, a Latin America Program Coordinator, and a Resource Development and Administrative Coordinator.

Our Canada Program Coordinator...

Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in Eritrea

Canadian Mine Among Sites of Gross Human Rights Violations in Eritrea – UN Report

A new report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea describes “a totalitarian state bent on controlling Eritreans through a vast security apparatus that has penetrated all...