Communities in Chubut, Argentina, Propose Law to Further Protect Water From Dangers of Large Scale Mining

On January 21, 2022, the Union of Community Assemblies of Chubut, Argentina (UACCh) launched its third popular initiative, "Chubut Sin Megaminería" ("No Megamining in Chubut"). The Assemblies are collecting signatures from residents in the province in an effort to...

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Deep sea mining is not the future. Cartoon by Max Gustafson.

Global Support for a Moratorium or Ban on Deep Seabed Mining

Canadians call on the Government of Canada to join global citizens, scientists, governments, corporations, and financial institutions in supporting a moratorium or ban on deep seabed mining.

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Nautilus equipment to mine hydrothermal vents

Canada’s Role in Deep Seabed Mining

Join MiningWatch Canada, Oceans North and other organizations in calling for a moratorium on deep seabed mining in international waters. Sign the parliamentary petition...

5 Solutions to Reduce Canada's Material Footprint
5 Solutions to Reduce Canada's Material Footprint

5 Solutions to Reduce Canada's Material Footprint

According to the OECD’s latest review (see chart...

MiningWatch Canada Is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of Rodrigue Turgeon as Canada Program Co-Lead

MiningWatch Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Rodrigue Turgeon as Canada Program Co-Lead, starting today.

Rodrigue is a lawyer and an engaged citizen with an impressive track record of environmental advocacy and solidarity with Indigenous peoples that will greatly...

Welcoming Alexandra Kazakova, Interim Fundraising and Operations Coordinator

MiningWatch is pleased to welcome Alexandra Kazakova as Interim Fundraising and Operations Coordinator, replacing Diana Martin while she is on maternity leave. Alexandra will oversee and lead all aspects of the fundraising portfolio and plans, as well as institutional operations.

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Words from Affected Communities as Mining Ban is Lifted in Chubut, Argentina

A good news update on December 22, 2021: After a massive public outcry, the province of Chubut has repealed last week's 14-11 vote to allow for open-pit mining in certain areas of the province. We celebrate this impressive display of people power, while lifting up the many voices of those...

Peaceful march against mine zoning law in Esquel - Chubut. December 17, 2021. Credit: Marco Antonio

International Solidarity Statement with Communities and Organizations of Chubut, Argentina Affected by Mine Zoning Law

A good news update on December 22, 2021: After a massive public outcry, the province of Chubut has repealed last week's 14-11 vote to allow for open-pit mining in certain areas of the province. We celebrate this impressive display of people power, while lifting up the many voices of those...

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The Abejas de Acteal Receive the 2021 Mariano Abarca Environmental Award

On the 12th anniversary of the murder of environmental defender Mariano Abarca, during an emotional ceremony in the sacred land of Acteal, the Abarca family presented the third Mariano Abarca Environmental Defence Award to the Civil Society Las Abejas de Acteal...

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The Maersk Launcher. NORI photo via Facebook.

Comments on Nauru Ocean Resources Incorporated's Collector Test Environmental Impact Statement

MiningWatch Canada has reviewed and provided comments on Nauru Ocean Resources Incorporated (NORI)’s Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed “collector test” of seabed mining equipment. The EIS lays bare the fundamental flaw in proposed deep seabed mining – the lack of adequate...

Communities vote against mining near Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine project
Tens of thousands have voted in plebiscites over mining on their lands near Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine project in southeastern Guatemala; Photo: Ellen Moore

Marking Another Year of Community Resistance to the Escobal Mine in Mataquescuintla and San Carlos Alzatate

Nine years ago, faced with threats posed by mining operations, communities in southeastern Guatemala organized a municipal consultation in the town of Mataquescuintla. The question was simple — do residents want mining? — and the answer was clear. Over...

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The 2021 Mariano Abarca Environmental Defence Award, presented to La Sociedad Civil las Abejas de Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico

International Solidarity Statement with 2021 Mariano Abarca Environmental Defence Award Recipient La Sociedad Civil las Abejas de Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico

November 27, 2021 marks 12 years since the assassination of Mexican environmental defender Mariano Abarca. As a founding member of the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People (REMA) and community leader, Mariano actively spoke out against the social and environmental impacts of a barite...

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More electric vehicles will mean more large-scale nickel mining and smelting like this operation owned by Vale in Sorowako, Indonesia. Photo by Tracy Glynn.

Does the world need more electric vehicles? More Canada?

The shift to electric vehicles is sparking considerable new demand for metals and minerals, which some feel Canada should rush to fill. That is the argument Martin Wightman articulated in The Daily Gleaner on Nov. 15. However, mining watchdog groups, most recently at the UN climate...

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Virtual Forum: Pillage by Arbitration?

Register here to join us on Zoom on November 29 to talk with grassroots movements in Colombia and Guatemala about their struggles and the dangers and injustices of Investor State...

Government of BC flood zones.

BC Rainfall: Risks of Mine Waste Site Failures

Following unusually heavy rainfalls and the increased risks of flooding and mudslides across large parts of British Columbia, MiningWatch Canada is concerned...

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A view of Wells from Cow Mountain (2010). Photo courtesy Mica Jorgensen.

Breaking Cycles of Harm in Canada’s Mining Communities

By Mica Jorgenson and Dave Jorgenson*

In a regulatory system that evaluates individual proposals on their own merit, decision-makers at the provincial and federal levels have long struggled to account for the complexity of history. Mining on previously disturbed sites is...