Beyond Extraction - Resources

In March 2013 MiningWatch and Studies in Political Economy co-hosted the Beyond Extraction conference in Ottawa. This page is a collection of...

Beyond Extraction - Bob Lovelace video message

Canada’s Development Model: Beyond Extraction

This one-day conference on Canada’s current extractivist development strategy took place on March 16 at Carleton University. Co-organized by MiningWatch and Studies in Political Economy, it brought together over 100 participants to...

Letter to UN Commissioner for Human Rights re: Barrick Gold's "grievance" procedure for victims of rape by security guards at the Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea

Letters to Dr. Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) re: abuse by Barrick Gold of a non-judicial grievance mechanism for victims of rape by security guards at the Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea.

Consulta in El Volcancito, March 17, 2013

URGENT ACTION: Call for investigation and company departure in response to recurring violence in area of Canadian-owned silver project

Background: On Sunday, March 17, 2013, at around 8 pm, the President of the Xinca Indigenous Parliament and three other Xinca leaders were abducted by a group of heavily armed masked men while on their way home from observing a public referendum on...

Honduras - Valle de Siria
Honduras - Valle de Siria. James Rodríguez photo.

Sisters of the Siria Valley, We Support Your Struggle for Justice and Health

Development and Peace and MiningWatch Canada stand in solidarity with our sisters in struggle for justice and health from the communities of the Siria Valley, Honduras while they demonstrate in Tegucigalpa for International Women’s Day.

Ed Fast and Marketa Evans
Trade Minister Ed Fast and Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor Marketa Evans at PDAC 2013 (DFAIT photo)

New Investment Agreements Show Canadian Commitment to Africa Mining Vision a Hollow Promise

The Canadian government’s big announcement for this year’s Prospectors and Developers Association conference (PDAC) wasn’t the renewal of tax credits for “flow-through” shares – a $100 million dollar a year subsidy for exploration companies – or even a creative new way of diverting international...

Defending Dissent

Resistance When Land and Life Are in Peril: Guatemalan Human Rights Defender Speaks in Canada

Lolita Chávez says it is love of life that motivates her to risk her own as an outspoken Maya K'iche' activist against racism, mining, and hydroelectric project developments in the highlands of Guatemala. As a result of her leadership in Guatemala's Indigenous movement, she is a frequent target...

Sandy Pond
Sandy Pond, near Long Habour, Newfoundland, is the proposed site of Vale Inco's waste dump for a nickely processing plant. John Jacobs photo.

Lakes Not Waste Dumps Background to the Sandy Pond Alliance Court Challenge

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The Sandy Pond Alliance

The Sandy Pond Alliance to Protect Canadian Waters was founded in response to the imminent threat to Sandy Pond, a unique and pristine lake ecosystem that...

Tum Tum Lake
Tum Tum Lake at the head of the Adams River is the site of Imperial Metals' proposed Ruddock Creek Mine.

Neskonlith Opposition, A Reasonable Response to Imperial Metals' Ruddock Creek Project

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Secwepemc territory in south-central BC. I was invited by the Neskonlith Band to speak with them about the Ruddock Creek project, a proposed lead and zinc mine in the headwaters of the Adams River. The proponent,...

Globe and Mail Proclaims on Rapes in Papua New Guinea

The deal that Barrick Gold is offering women who were raped and gang raped by employees of its Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea is not "fair" as a Globe and Mail editorial deemed this week. And it's not only Barrick that's delayed far too long in addressing these egregious abuses.

MiningWatch Canada: a profile

MiningWatch Canada: a profile

Who we are, what we do and most importantly: why we do it

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Top 40 Mining Reforms for BC

The British Columbian mining regime needs more than tinkering around the edges. Substantive and comprehensive changes are needed to address existing conflicts and reduce the threat of future conflicts over access to land, to minimize the impacts of mining on BC’s lands, waters and communities,...

Ring of Fire location map
Ring of Fire location map

Environmental Assessment of Cliffs Chromite Project is Off the Rails

MiningWatch recently had an opportunity to comment on an important document that will guide Cliffs Natural Resources in drafting  the environmental assessment of their Chromite project in the Mc Fauld's Lake or Ring of FIre area of northern Ontario.

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis describes the Sacred Headwaters -- where three of British Columbia's greatest salmon-bearing rivers are formed. The area is under threat by mining developments. Featuring photos by Paul Colangelo and music by Todd Hannigan.

Sacred Headwaters, with Wade Davis and photos by Paul Colangelo

The Red Chris Mine which illegally avoided a federal environmental assessment and which does not have the consent of the Tahltan Nation is being constructed in this area by Imperial Metals. MiningWatch won a landmark...

Is This the Future of Kamloops?

Is this the Future of Kamloops?

What will Kamloops' future look like if the proposed Ajax open pit mine goes ahead as currently proposed? Should a huge mining operation be allowed inside the city limits and so close to schools and neighborhoods? This video has been produced by local citizens deeply concerned about the proposed...

Federal Government Balking at First Small Step to Rebuild Environmental Assessment – Improved Regulations

This past spring, the federal government, through its omnibus ‘budget’ bill C-38, introduced an entirely new, and spectacularly diminished, environmental assessment law for Canada. So far the government has failed to engage experts, or the public, on fixing the key regulations under the new law...