Recordings of our Panel on the Mining Boom in Quebec, Outside COP15 in Montreal

Over 130 people attended in person and remotely the conference, "A Mining Boom Sweeps Quebec: Let's talk about the rights of local populations and the violations to biodiversity." This event, translated simultaneously in French and English, included speakers from Long Point First Nation, the...

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We're Hiring! MiningWatch Canada Seeks Accounting Services

Position: Accountant

Term: One-year contract, part-time (average 12 hours/month), with possibility of renewal

Location: Ottawa and environs (work is mostly remote but with in-person component)


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Natural Resources Canada's map of "critical minerals" in Canada. Note the number of "advanced projects," many of which will never make it to production.

How Critical Are Your Minerals? New Federal Strategy Doesn't Look Very New

A comprehensive industrial strategy is badly needed to help confront the multiple crises Canada – and all humankind – is up against: climate, biodiversity, water, pollution, inequality, migration, and more. Unfortunately, the new federal "critical minerals" strategy is not it. It's basically...

Will Canadian Mining Destroy the Amazon?

Join us on December 9 for a panel discussion to raise awareness and expose the connections between escalating deforestation rates, violent conflict and threats to biodiversity loss associated with Canadian mining in the Amazon. Belo Sun Mining Corp.'s Volta Grande Gold project aims to open...

Event Poster: Stopping Deep Sea Mining

Stopping Deep Sea Mining: A unique opportunity to avoid an ocean catastrophe

Mining may soon begin in one of the most ecologically fragile and intact places on the planet: the deep seabed. Join us on December 13 during COP15 to hear from mining-affected communities in the Pacific and global and Canadian organizations on what we can do to stop it, and watch the 16-...

Activists from the Jáchal No Se Toca Assembly, a group of concerned citizens downstream from the mine that formed after the first spill in December 2015. Photo supplied by Jáchal No Se Toca.

Water contamination at Barrick’s Veladero mine threatens health and human rights

Barrick Gold continues to benefit from the silence of local and regional authorities in Argentina and Canada

Written by Viviana Herrera and Jan Morrill. Originally published in...

Villagers scavenging gold in freshly dumped waste rock at the North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania (C. Coumans photo).

Urgent Letter to Barrick Gold: Halt Forced Evictions at the North Mara Gold Mine

MiningWatch Canada sends an urgent request to Barrick Gold to halt forced evictions and carry out independent due diligence on violence and human rights abuses associated with forced evictions at the North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania.

Sue Moodie
Sue Moodie with berries picked on her property near Whitehorse.

In Memory of Sue Moodie

We are mourning the loss of Sue Moodie of Whitehorse, Yukon. She was a kind, principled, and determined community activist, who loved music, being with friends, and living in the bush.

Working for the Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) in the late 1990s, Sue was deeply disturbed by the...

Project Censored Radio with Jamie Kneen by MiningWatch Canada

The Past and Present of Mining – Project Censored Radio with Jamie Kneen

This week, Eleanor Goldfield digs into mining – past and present. First, author and organizer Mitch Troutman discusses his latest book, The Bootleg Coal Rebellion: The Pennsylvania Miners who Seized an Industry. Mitch shares...

“Por la Defensa del Territorio Marmateño” demonstration, February 22, 2022. Marmato, Caldas. Source: Fuerzas Vivas Marmato Facebook Page

A Robust Movement Against Caldas Gold in Marmato, Colombia

The following guest blog was written by Elizabeth Ferry, a Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. She has been conducting research on mining in Latin America since 1996. With Stephen Ferry, she is the author of La Batea, a book of texts and...

Chileans Go to the Polls to Vote on Historic Eco-Constitution

Chileans go to the polls this Sunday to vote on whether to adopt a new constitution that centres the protection of water and the environment as key pillars in the fight against the climate crisis. The Latin American Observatory for Environmental Conflicts (OLCA) has been at the forefront of...

Canadian Mining Interests in Chile in Play as Citizens Vote on New Constitution

This Sunday, September 4, Chileans go to the polls to vote on whether to adopt what’s widely regarded as one of the most progressive and environmentally ambitious constitutions in the world. As the movement to prioritize water and stronger environmental protections gains ground in Chile, there...

Greenwashing at the World’s Biggest Mining Convention

The mining industry is fixing to capitalize on the energy transition. But affected communities across the Americas are speaking out against “business as usual.” In June, representatives of communities from the Philippines to Ethiopia to the High Arctic and allies gathered outside PDAC 2022 to...

Source: Yaku Pérez

Key Victory for Water Defenders in Southern Ecuador Against Canadian Mining

Water defenders just won an important battle in Cuenca, Southern Ecuador, against metal mining in the Kimsakocha páramos, where Canadian company Dundee Precious Metals is attempting to develop its Loma Larga gold-arsenic mine. On Tuesday, a local judge granted...

Trucks sit idle at Porgera mine, April 2020.

Barrick Gold Corp.’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine: A Legacy of Ignoring Human and Environmental Rights Abuses

The case study with footnotes is available here.

Ownership history

The Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) gold mine is...