Chilean Community Submits Open Letter to the People of Canada Re: Threat Canadian Mining Company Poses to Their Water

In July, 2019, a representative of the organization Putaendo Resiste met with MiningWatch Canada's staff to present them with an "Open Letter to the People of Canada: Canadian Los Andes Copper Ltd. Destroys, Kills,...

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

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

We organised a conference in Ottawa on November 14-15, 2019, to address the challenge of how to respond to the climate crisis without destroying more of the planet we are trying to save – to reduce the need for more mining, limit and manage its impacts, and to the extent possible, repair the...

Magdalena Exploration Permit, July 2019

Ecuadorian Organization Denounces Illegal Exploration Activities at Canadian Mining Project

The Observatorio Minero Ambiental & Social del Norte de Ecuador (OMASNE) denounced today that the Canadian company, Cornerstone Resources (TSX: CGP), continues to sign agreements with landowners to continue their exploration efforts in the area of influence of the Los Cedros Protected...

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

International Media Expose Human Rights Abuses by Security at Barrick Gold’s North Mara Mine in Tanzania

Yesterday news outlets in several countries simultaneously released the results of investigations by a consortium of journalists into human rights and environmental abuses at Barrick Gold’s North Mara gold mine in Tanzania. This exposé by, among others, Canada’s...

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Save the Date! Announcing Our 20th Anniversary Conference – Ottawa, November 14-15, 2019

There is an urgent imperative to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep global warming from getting worse than what is already “locked in.” But many current projections for a ‘decarbonised’ energy economy require massive amounts of metals to be able to generate, store, and transmit...

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Canadian Organizations Denounce Federal Government's Ongoing Negotiations for MERCOSUR with Brazil's Extremist Bolsonaro Government

On June 10th, the Trade Justice Network, on behalf of several Canadian organizations, including MiningWatch Canada, submitted a letter to Premier Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Minister of International Trade Jim Carr, expressing their...

Extraction Casino Ottawa event poster
Extraction Casino Ottawa event poster

"Extraction Casino" Ottawa Launch Event – June 17, 2019

Mining companies are suing Latin American governments and making millions and even billions of dollars at the expense of people and the environment.

Find out how this came to be, what affected communities from Colombia think about it, and what people are doing to stop it.


Mi'kmaq Matters - Episode 99: Mining Mi'kmaq Land

Mi'kmaq Matters – Episode 99: Mining Mi'kmaq Land

By Mi'kmaq Matters – A weekly podcast about the Mi'kmaq people and the Qalipu First Nation, with host Glenn Wheeler.

Without having consulted the Mi'kmaq people who have used the lands over...

Talking Points - Episode 4 - Digging for Dividends by Policy Alternatives

Talking Points podcast episode 4 - Digging for Dividends

Learn about the secret weapon Canadian mining companies are using to extract money from developing countries when environmental measures, Indigenous rights and community resistance create democratic roadblocks to their extracting oil, gas and minerals.

Investor-state dispute...

Toronto demonstration in support of independent powers for the CORE, May 4, 2019. Photo courtesy Mining Injustice Solidarity Network.

Canada Still Needs an Ombudsperson to Investigate Mining Cases – Not an Advisor to the Minister of International Trade or another CSR Counsellor

The Government of Canada has fundamentally broken its electoral promise of 2015 and its commitment of January 17, 2018 to create an Ombudsperson with: independence from both government and industry; strong investigatory powers to compel documents and witnesses, when necessary, in the course of...

Ana Paula Hernández (right) and Sally O’Neill (left). Fund for Global Human Rights photo.

MiningWatch Mourns Death of Ana Paula Hernández and Colleagues in Guatemala Crash

MiningWatch Canada is saddened by tragic news coming out of Guatemala today.

It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden and tragic deaths of four tireless activists who have dedicated much time and energy to defending human rights. Ana Paula Hernández...

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Announcing MiningWatch Canada’s 20th Anniversary Annual General Meeting

Murky Business: How Communities are Fighting to Protect Water & Prevent Mine Waste Disasters in Canada & Internationally

When: April 26th, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Public Service Alliance of Canada Boardroom, 233...

Referendum Results Snapshot

Overwhelming “No” Vote in Southern Ecuador Referendum Targets INV Metals Project

On March 24th, the peoples of the southern Ecuador canton of Girón voted overwhelmingly in favour of water and life, and against metal mining in their territories. Canadian company INV Metals (majority shareholder IAMGOLD) and the Ecuadorian government are being sent a strong message...

Are Canadian Embassies Free to Ignore Government Human Rights Policies?

[This article was originally published in The Hill Times.]

It does not seem to be a controversial proposition that when a government...

Aura Minerals & Honduran Government Criminalizing 19 Azacualpa community Defenders

Statement by ASONOG (Associación de Organismos no Gubernamentales) and MADJ (Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia)

On Monday, March 4, 2019, criminal charges were presented against 19 members of the Azacualpa community in La Unión, Copán. The community...

Participants in the march to kick-off referendum vote. Credit: YASunidos Guapondélig

Canadian Company INV Metals Fights Local Referendum Over Ecuador Gold Project Against Mounting Community Opposition

Toronto-based INV Metals is fighting tooth and nail to dispel investor worries over a local vote concerning its Loma Larga project in south-central Ecuador. INV Metals is over 35% owned by IAMGOLD, the former owner of...