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On August 19 th , 2019 members of Mariano Abarca’s family, along with supporting Mexican organizations, held a press conference in San Cristobal de las Casas to denounce the 10 th anniversary of impunity for Mariano’s murder and announce their decision to use their right to appeal the Federal Court of Canada’s recent decision to not order the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner to investigate the acts and omissions of the Canadian embassy in Mexico leading up to Mariano’s murder. At the press conference they played a video of Mariano's historic speech which he delivered in front of the...
Ottawa protest against OceanaGold
On August 9, Canadians in Ottawa and Vancouver took to the streets in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and other Filipinos protesting the environmental destruction and human rights abuses of Canadian-Australian mining company OceanaGold in the Philippines. OceanaGold’s permit to mine in the village of Didipio in the northern province of Nueva Vizcaya expired on June 20, 2019. However, the company continued to mine without a valid permit until July 1, 2019, when a people’s blockade forced the company to stop mining. The blockade has been in place continuously for over a month. The people of...
On July 18 th 2019, the Shuar Arutam President and Executive Council, representing over 12,000 inhabitants of the Indigenous Shuar Arutam territory, released a statement (below in full) pertaining to Solaris Copper’s “Warintza” project in Southern Ecuador. Solaris’ copper-molybdenum project is in advanced-exploration phase and its concessions overlap with Indigenous Shuar territory. The company reported in its most recent MD & A that they were in discussions with the Shuar Indigenous Community to advance the project, but the latest statement from the Shuar Arutam government dismisses...
Groups Signing Open Letter
MiningWatch is one of eight leading environmental organizations that addressed this open letter to the Prime Minister regarding shortcomings in proposed regulations under the new federal Impact Assessment Act (the recently-passed bill C-69). We have been working on the update and modernization of federal impact assessment process since the review begin in 2016, and we believe that key aspects of the new Act represent an improvement over the existing environmental impact regime, the Harper government's Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (2012) . However, the...
Yesterday, over 1,500 people marched against "Toxic Mining" in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico to demand that the three levels of government respect their decision to be territories free of mining, and not grant any licences to Canadian company, Argonaut Gold (TSE: AR). Dolores Hidalgo is situated a few kilometres away from the company's "Cerro de Gallo" gold-sivler project, which plans to be a industrial open-pit mine which will have cyanide leaching pads. The project falls within the "Cuenca de la Independencia", which is a subterreanean aquifer that joins seven municipalities, and...

Episode 105: Preparing for the Valentine Lake Environmental Assessment by Mi'kmaq Matters

By Mi'kmaq Matters – a weekly podcast about the Mi'kmaq people and the Qalipu First Nation. Participant funding for the Valentine Lake environmental assessment will be announced soon, and Jamie Kneen from MiningWatch Canada says groups planning to intervene on the gold mine development on traditional Mi'kmaq land need to start lining up experts and to back them.
Protest against renewal of OceanaGold's FTAA
From Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment OceanaGold's 25-year Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) for the Didipio mine expired on June 20, 2019, but the company has defied restraining orders by the Provincial Government. OceanaGold claims it can continue operating as it has successfully railroaded the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and its Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s (MGB) endorsements of its FTAA renewal application to the Office of the President. President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature is now the only thing left for OceanaGold to...
In July, 2019, a representative of the organization Putaendo Resiste met with MiningWatch Canada's staff to present them with an "Open Letter to the People of Canada: Canadian Los Andes Copper Ltd. Destroys, Kills, Exterminates, Lies and Bribes in Putaendo, Chile." The project, Los Vizcachitas, is owned by Los Andes Copper (TSX: LA), a Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver. The concessiones are within the Comuna Putaendo and has been controversial since community members became aware of the company's ongoing activities. According to Carmen Perez, a member of the Putaendo Resiste...
The Observatorio Minero Ambiental & Social del Norte de Ecuador (OMASNE) denounced today that the Canadian company, Cornerstone Resources (TSX: CGP), continues to sign agreements with landowners to continue their exploration efforts in the area of influence of the Los Cedros Protected Forest, despite the Provincial Court of Imbabura ruled the project to be in violation of the right of Environmental Consultation, and revoked their environmental permits. OMASNE notes that the company is now working illegally in this region, and insists that Cornerstone withdraw their activities from the...
NorthMara
Yesterday news outlets in several countries simultaneously released the results of investigations by a consortium of journalists into human rights and environmental abuses at Barrick Gold’s North Mara gold mine in Tanzania. This exposé by, among others, Canada’s Toronto Star , UK’s Guardian , and Switzerland’s Tagesanzeiger confirm findings of six years of investigations – reported on regularly by MiningWatch Canada – into assaults on men, women and children by the mine’s private security and by police contracted by the mine.