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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...

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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...

Shuar Arutam homes in Ecuadorian Amazon. Photo: Amazon Watch.

Ecuador's Presidential Election Down to Two Pro-mining Candidates Despite Anti-mining Movement

On Sunday April 11th, 10-million-plus Ecuadorians will decide between two presidential candidates from distinct parties but with similar visions of extractivism. Both Andrés Arauz (Rafael Correa’s protégé) and Guillermo Lasso (a former banker) are openly pro-mining, and Canadian mining...

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

Canadian Organizations Ask Government to Publicly Condemn Violence Against Indigenous Land Defenders in Guatemala

On March 30th, 2021, MiningWatch Canada, along with 26 other Canadian organizations, sent a letter to Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, asking them to make a formal public statement...

Una investigación está abierta en el MP contra la extracción ilegal en El Pato, mientras tanto, la policía clausuró el área y custodia el lugar. (Foto Prensa Libre: Carlos Hernández)

US and Canadian Organizations Alarmed Over Illegal Mining at Goldex Property in Guatemala

Seven organizations, including MiningWatch Canada, sent a letter to the President & CEO and Director of Goldex Resources about recent claims of illegal mining in southern Guatemala, within the area granted for the El Pato project reportedly owned by the Canadian mining firm. Community...

Overview of the waste dump and access road to the Aurizona community. Source: GEDMMA, 2019.

Lack of Social Control in Mining Activities and the Aurizona Project

By Tádzio Coelho, professor in the Social Science department at Viçosa Federal University, Brazil, This article was originally published on ...


Fortuna Silver Mines: Licence to Pollute

This investigation was conducted for Avispa Midia, Aristegui Noticias, Pie de Página and CONNECTAS with the support of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in the framework of the Investigative Journalism Initiative of the Americas.

By Santiago Navarro F. and Renata Bessi...

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REMA Calls Out Mexican Institutions for Recognizing Canadian Mining Company as Leader in Sustainability and Equity

First Majestic Silver, a Canadian mining company, owns three producing silver mines in Mexico: the San Dimas Silver Gold Mine, the Santa Elena Silver Gold Mine, and the La Encantada Silver Mine.

Communities have accused the Canadian mining company of damaging the environment and...

Canadian Foreign Policy Institute Sessions, by Free City Radio - Interview with Jamie Kneen, MiningWatch Canada

Free City Radio interview with Jamie Kneen – Canadian Foreign Policy Institute Sessions

Stefan Christoff interviews Jamie Kneen for Free City Radio's second interview series in collaboration with the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute. Free City Radio explores ideas at the intersection of social activism and the arts....

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Ring of Fire winter landscape

Indigenous, Environmental Groups Call for Moratorium on Mining Development in Ring of Fire

MiningWatch Canada is joining Indigenous and environmental groups in calling for a moratorium on mining development in Ontario's "Ring of Fire" until protection plans for the region’s sensitive wetlands and watersheds are in place and access to clean water, housing, and health services have...

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Escobal opposition banner.

URGENT ACTION: Demand Pan American Silver Stop Fueling Violence in Guatemala

Speaking out against the Escobal mine has always been dangerous, but we are in the midst of a spike in violence. Six members of the peaceful resistance movement recently suffered attacks and death threats. In January, community leader Julio González was shot and wounded at his home. ...

Map of the Cuenca canton, with its hydrographic subbasins, areas of water recharge delimited by ETAPA (green) and metal mining authorizations (grey, blue, and red).

Overwhelming Vote in Southern Ecuador Sends Strong Message to Mining Companies

  • On February 7th, over 80% of the population of the southern Ecuador canton of Cuenca voted “no” to industrial mining in the watersheds of 5 rivers
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Deep sea mining is not the future. Cartoon by Max Gustafson.

Canadian Organizations Call on Canada to Halt Mining of the Seabed

Canadian mining companies are at the forefront of pushing to gain access to the deep seabed as the new frontier in mining. Canadian company Nautilus gained the first permit to mine hydrothermal vents on the deep seabed off Papua New Guinea before going bankrupt in 2019. Vancouver-based...

Over 190 Organizations condemn the violence against Julio, demand Pan American Silver cease all activities in Guatemala.

195 International Organizations Denounce Latest Attacks Against Members of the Peaceful Resistance to Escobal Mine


María Consuelo Porras, Attorney General, Office of the Public Prosecutor, Guatemala
Augusto Jordán Rodas Hernández, Ombudsman, Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman, Guatemala
Sean McAleer, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Guatemala, Pan American Silver...