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Public event When: 6 p.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017 Where: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building DMS 1110, 55 Laurier Ave East, Ottawa, Ontario SPEAKERS: Jocelyn Wabano Iahtail, Ininew Eeyou Eskwayow from Attawapiskat First Nation, an Holistic Violence Survivor, MMIW advocate and advocate against DeBeers mining in her community's traditional land Two indigenous women from Papua New Guinea who have survived violent attacks related to mining Catherine Coumans, MiningWatch Canada After years of denying cases of sexual assault, Canadian mining company Barrick Gold compensated 119 women and...
This year we have two topics, with special guests to present and discuss them with us. All are invited. 1. Challenging Barrick Gold on Human Rights Abuses and Environmental Destruction - with Indigenous Ipili women Everlyn Gaupe and Joycelyn Mandi 2. Making Next-Generation Environmental Assessment a Reality - with Anna Johnston, staff lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law At 1:00-3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017, J.K. Wyllie Boardroom, Public Service Alliance of Canada, 233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa
People around the world marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of environmental leader Berta Cáceres. In Ottawa, Canada, a group presented a petition to the Honduran embassy, and had a message for the Canadian government.
Presenting petition
Thank you for your support! We will keep up the pressure on the Feds and Province to actually enforce the law. Sign the petition now ! Quick Update: • The Federal Crown did proceed to stay (i.e. shelve) MiningWatch’s charges before we had a chance to present evidence of the damages from the spill to the Court. • This lower-level Court has no say in this regard and had to record the stay (that's just the way the law is, for criminal private prosecutions). If MiningWatch wants to challenge the Crown’s unilateral decision to stay the charges at this stage, it would have to do so in a superior...
Environmental law experts were in Ottawa today calling for a next-generation law to assess the sustainability of proposed pipelines, hydroelectric projects and industrial facilities. An independent panel appointed by the federal government is reporting to Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on March 31st, on its proposals for an environmental assessment law after spending several months hearing from people across the country. The environmental law experts (including Jamie Kneen from MiningWatch Canada) are saying that a next-generation assessment law must:...
Ecuadorian Undersecretary of Mining Henry Troya Presents at PDAC 2017; Photo: MiningWatch
On Monday, together with the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, we helped deliver the below statement during 'Ecuador Day' at the 2017 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's annual convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Written and signed by over twenty Ecuadorian organizations, it questions the legitimacy with which Ecuador is being promoted as 'open for mining business' and the conflict that this has created - and is anticipated to continue fomenting - in mining-affected communities around the country where companies such as Toronto-based INV Metals are operating...
'Toxic Toronto' bus tour; a trip through the mining industry's belly of the beast
This week, while an anticipated 20,000+ people wine and dine, discussing multi-million dollar deals and dreams during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada mining convention ( PDAC 2017 ) at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre, affected communities continue to pay a high price with their lives and lands around the world. On Sunday, the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network ( MISN ) toured about 100 people through the streets of Toronto's financial district in two buses draped with banners reading: "Toxic Toronto - belly of the beast for the global mining industry" . They...
Berta Cáceres, Nelson García and Tomás García; Artist: Pat Perry
On March 2, 2016, Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, an organizer with the Lenca people’s resistance in Honduras, was murdered despite security measures that she had been granted given constant threats against her. Today, in Ottawa, in response to the call from Berta’s family and her organization the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), and in the context of dozens of actions around the world, there will be a commemoration of Berta’s life from 7-9 pm at the Friends’ House (Quaker Meeting House, 91A Fourth Ave). We will reaffirm our commitment to never...
After seven years, four murders and US$24 million in total legal costs, in October 2016, a little-known World Bank tribunal trashed OceanaGold’s claim that El Salvador either owed it a mining permit for a proposed gold mine or US$250 million dollars. The Washington D.C.-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) panel decided that OceanaGold’s predecessor Pacific Rim Mining never met the legal requirements under El Salvador’s mining law to obtain a permit to exploit gold and must pay the Central American country US$8 million towards its legal costs. Vancouver-...
With deep concern, we share the following statement from the Ecumenical Human Rights Commission of Ecuador (CEDHU its initials in Spanish) denouncing the arrest of a Shuar Indigenous leader in southeastern Ecuador. This is part of an ongoing campaign of militarization, criminalization and forced displacement of the Shuar people and affected campesino communities in order to proceed with a large scale, open-pit copper and gold project without consent, which we first denounced in December . The company involved, ExplorCobres S.A., is a subsidiary of the Canadian-registered companies Corriente...