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On the eve of Prime Minister Trudeau’s first official visit to Mexico, the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People (REMA by its initials in Spanish) has issued a communiqué to call on Prime Minister Trudeau to live up to his commitments and stop the devastation of Indigenous and campesino communities that has enabled Canadian mining companies to make big profits. Canadian investment in Mexico - the principal destination abroad for Canadian mining investment after the U.S. - is expanding precisely in the most deadly places for anyone to get by on a daily basis, let alone speak out in defence...
On the heels of two months of lobbying in Washington D.C. and Ottawa seeking government intervention on its behalf, Tahoe Resources announced on September 10th that the Guatemalan Supreme Court of Justice had reinstated the operating licence for its Escobal project in southeastern Guatemala. Questions remain over this court decision, which is now under appeal, and a final ruling from the Constitutional Court could be months away. However, regardless of the court’s verdict, the Escobal project clearly lacks a social licence to operate. Operations have been stalled since June 7 th when...
No permission, no consent. Tany fambolen ny mponina nanaovan ny DNI lalana tsy nangatahany alalana avy amin ny tompony
As we wrote in our September 12, 2017 news release, we have received a series of worrying allegations regarding DNI Metals Inc.’s Vohitsara graphite project in Madagascar, which are backed up by solid documentation. We had previously written to the company and got messages denying all the allegations, but as yet, we have received no specific response. Although DNI has begun to address these issues, serious reports about unfair compensation, harassment , and entering and destroying lands without landowners’ consent still stand to be resolved. DNI claims “there are no disputes between DNI and...
Please circulate! The Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) is hiring an Indigenous Caucus Coordinator to support communities affected by mining across North America. MiningWatch Canada is a Steering Committee member of WMAN JOB POSTING APPLY BY SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 JOB TITLE: Indigenous Caucus Coordinator TIME OF WORK: Part Time (10-12 hours/week, more when coordinating an event, $US30/hour) GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: WMAN is a network of Indigenous, conservation, and public interest groups that works to limit the adverse environmental, economic, and social impacts of the mining industry in...
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Canada needs a legislative framework to fulfill the promise of this vital human rights instrument The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a crucial framework to achieve reconciliation. Such a human rights-based approach is essential to address the racism and discrimination that has caused such profound harm to Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. Violations include uprooting Indigenous peoples from their territories and resources, failure to honour Treaties, tearing Indigenous children from their families, and making Indigenous women, girls...
On August 4, 2017, MiningWatch Canada received reports of another killing of a male villager, reportedly by gunshot by private security at Barrick Gold’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania. This newly reported victim of alleged excess use of force by mine security furthers our concern that violence by mine security is ongoing at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. In a letter to Barrick we raise the problem of lack of access to remedy for victims of violence at the mine. And we again detail the shortcomings of the mine’s own operational-level grievance mechanism; shortcomings that we have been...
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The following article was co-written by MiningWatch Canada and Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala ( NISGUA ) with support from former NISGUA staff, Ellen Moore. Tahoe Resources is lobbying U.S. and Canadian authorities to intervene on its behalf following a July decision by Guatemala’s Supreme Court to temporarily suspend operations at the company’s Escobal silver mine. The decision cites discrimination and lack of prior consultation of Indigenous Xinka communities, whose ancestral territory in southeastern Guatemala is affected by the project. The country’s...
This letter was sent to Minister of Natural Resources James Carr and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna by five organisations – MiningWatch Canada, Nature Canada, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, the Quebec Environmental Law Centre, and West Coast Environmental Law. The letter states: Tinkering with the current law is simply not acceptable to any of us. We are further concerned that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency—by far the most knowledgeable federal agency concerning impact assessment process and practice—is not leading the development of the new law...
These letters represent an exchange between MiningWatch Canada and RAID-UK and Acacia Mining plc. detailing ongoing concerns with regard to access to remedy and the operational-level grievance mechanism for victims of excess use of force by private and public mine security at the North Mara Gold Mine Ltd. in North Mara, Tanzania.
On July 12, 2017, MiningWatch started to receive information from partner organizations in Porgera that a corrosive substance had been disposed of by the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine causing burns to numerous villagers who came into contact with the substance. We wrote to Barrick Gold to get their explanation and to find out what efforts had been made to support the affected individuals. Here is our letter, and Barrick's response.