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...


Report One Month After the Crime-Tragedy of Brumadinho

By the International Articulation of Men and Women Affected by Vale (AV)

On January 25, 2019, three years after the biggest environmental crime in the country, we are once again living a major tragedy caused by mining. By February 22, the collapse of Dam Number 1 in...

The Shadow of Gold Feature Trailer

New Film “The Shadow of Gold” - Do You Know Where the Gold in your Ring Comes From?

Do you know where the gold in your ring is coming from, or Canada’s role in the global market of gold? And did you know that more than 1 in 4 metal mines in Canada and the world is a gold mine? If not, you must see The Shadow of Gold, a new international production by award-winning...

The Shadow of Gold Feature Trailer

Behind the Glitter: The Gold Facts

Do you know where the gold in your ring comes from, or Canada’s role in the global market of gold? Here are some Gold Facts and solutions we pulled together to help you make informed decisions about how to reduce the impacts of the gold industry in Canada and the world (also on Facebook...

Aftermath of Brumadinho Spill (source: Gazeta do Povo)

Three Canadian Mining Companies in Brazil Silent on Tailings Dam Structures following Brumadinho Disaster

Following the tragic breach of the upstream tailings dam, “Dam 1” at Vale’s Córrego do Feijão Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil, MiningWatch Canada is concerned about the state of Canadian-operated tailings dams in Brazil.

According to the...

Signatory Organizations

International Groups Denounce U.S. Mining Company’s Multi-million Dollar Claim Against Guatemala and Express Solidarity with Communities Peacefully Defending Land and Life at ‘La Puya’

MiningWatch Canada joins international organizations to stand in solidarity with the communities of the Peaceful Resistance "la Puya" following Kappes Cassiday & Associates filing of their lawsuit against the Guatemalan government under the ISDS mechanism of the CAFTA-DR. The following...

Protest at Nevsun Mining AGM 2017

Can Slave Labour Charges Against Canadian Company Be Heard in Court in Canada? Supreme Court of Canada Hears Arguments Today

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada is hearing an appeal by Nevsun Resources Limited (TSX: NSU/NYSE MKT: NSU) of lower court rulings that...

Fruta del Norte Mine (Source:

Investigators’ Study of Canadian/Swedish Mining Project in Ecuador Yields Disturbing Results

Three researchers from the Andean University Simon Bolivar (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar) in Quito, Ecuador have published the results of a 6-month monitoring study of the El Zarza community near Lundin Gold’s...

Credit: Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability

Take Action – Canada’s Promised Human Rights Ombudsperson Has Gone Missing

Communities harmed by the overseas operations of Canadian extractive-sector companies are waiting for justice. One year ago, on January 17, 2018, then-Minister of International Trade Champagne announced that the federal government would create a Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise...