Teztan Biny
Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), Tŝilhqot’in territory, British Columbia, which the Tŝilhqot’in Nation has fought to protect from Taseko Mines’ proposed “Prosperity” mine for almost three decades. Photo courtesy Tŝilhqot’in National Government.

Federal Court of Appeal Shuts Down Taseko Mines Over "Prosperity" Mine Rejection

This Wednesday, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Taseko Mines Ltd.'s case against the federal environmental assessment of its proposed New Prosperity copper-gold mine in Tŝilhqot’in territory in central British Columbia. The Court found that the federal review panel was well within its...

Integrantes de las asambleas ambientales se manifiestan en contra de la minería en la entrada a la Legislatura en Rawson, Argentina. Fuente: Asamblea Territorio

URGENT ACTION - Tell Multinational Mining Companies to Back Off: Chubut Already Said "No" to Mining

We, the undersigned organizations, are deeply concerned about reports emerging from Chubut, Argentina, a province in the beautiful Patagonia region, about the increased presence of the mining lobby in the provincial legislature pressuring deputies to amend Environmental Law XVII-Nº 68 (former...

Not drought
“It’s not drought, it’s plunder” Climate Strike March, Santiago, September 2019. MiningWatch Canada photo.

Understanding Canada’s Silence on the Uprising in Chile

Last week marked one month since Chilean president Sebastian Piñera used a dictatorship-era constitutional power to declare a state of emergency in ten out...

Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?

Selected Background Readings for "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?"

We prepared this list of key readings as background for the conference "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?" It is not exhaustive nor comprehensive, but we hope it represents some of the key threads in this discussion.

Finalizing the Working Meetings: Climate crisis, energy transition and mining extractivism in Latin America

Declaration of the Regional Gathering: Climate Crisis, Energy Transition and Mining Extractivism in Latin America, September 26-28, Santiago, Chile

Statement leading up to the COP25 in Santiago de Chile (now relocated to Madrid, Spain)


Construction at Skouries
Construction at Skouries gold mine in Halkidiki, Greece

What riches await…

Canada treats mining companies like the goose that laid the golden egg. What we get in return looks more like a goose egg.

Mining enjoys massive government support in Canada. Politically, it’s treated as a preferred development option for remote communities...

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

Mining the Deep Sea: Stories for Suckers, and Corporate Capture of the UN

When I mention that the global mining industry is eyeing the deep seabed as the next frontier in mining I am commonly met with gasps of disbelief and dismay.

Accion Ecologica

Guest Blog: Acción Ecológica "Evaluating October 2019 in Ecuador"

The events of October 2019 dealt a hard blow to the economic plans of Ecuador’s elites, in particular their programme for eliminating fuel subsidies. But for the people these dates will be remembered as beautiful days of solidarity, of re-encounter with living traditions, of mutual recognition...

Kimsakocha Páramos in Ecuador. MiningWatch photo.

US-based Foundation Urges Canadian Company INV Metals to Abandon Controversial Ecuador Project, Highlights Risk to Investors

On October 14th, a US foundation, Defend them All (DTA), sent an open letter to Canadian mining company INV Metals urging the company to abandon its activities in Ecuador following a field visit to the Kimsakocha páramo in...

Open Letter: Canadian Organizations Stand in Solidarity with Indigenous, Labour and Civil Society Organizations in Ecuador Protesting Neoliberal Economic Reforms 

Since October 2, Indigenous organizations, along with trade unions, social movements and peasant organizations, have been demonstrating across Ecuador against a set of economic austerity measures imposed by the International...

Intag region present in protests "Ecuador free of Mining" (source: Marian Sofia Morillo Revuelque Títeres, Facebook)

Some Key Points to Understand What Is Going on in Ecuador in Light of Recent Massive Protests

Since October 2, Indigenous organizations, along with trade unions, social movements and peasant organizations have been demonstrating across Ecuador against a set of economic austerity measures (called the Paquetazo) imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international...

New Report Reveals Botched Consultation Process for Indigenous Xinca at Pan American Silver Mine in Guatemala

On September 6th, the Institute for Policy Studies and Earthworks released a report (attached to this post) with worrisome...

Blockades in Morona Santiago (Source: PSHA)

Canadian Mining Companies Part of the Problem as Repression of Indigenous and Social Movements Escalates in Ecuador 

MiningWatch expresses growing concern for the “State of Exception” (State of Emergency) declared by Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno on October 3rd which seeks to grant exceptional powers to the police and military forces to repress Indigenous and civil society mobilizations against...

Confusing Rocket Frog (Jambatu Centre)

Guest Blog: Stopping a Capital Environmental Crime: The Rocket Frog and Intag’s Future

Author: Carlos Zorilla. To the human eye, the mostly dark-green Confusing Rocket Frog is not as attractive as the Harlequin Longnose Frog. Both amphibians are found in a patch of forest in Ecuador’s Intag region and nowhere else on the planet. The ...


"Unearthing Justice" – New Book Launch & Tour!

Community organizer and MiningWatch Canada cofounder, Joan Kuyek, is launching a new book on September 12, 2019: Unearthing Justice: How To Protect Your Community From the Mining Industry. 

"Whether it is to stop a mine before...

Teztan Biny (Fish Lake).
Teztan Biny (Fish Lake).

We Have a New Federal Impact Assessment Act. Yay.

The new federal Impact Assessment Act, previously known as Bill C-69, came into force at 12:01 this morning. We should be celebrating, but it's hard to cheer too enthusiastically when the...