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For mining, oil, gas, forestry, fishing, and any other industrial projects. Before 4pm on Monday (July 30), take 3 minutes to submit your comments online . Let the provincial government know you want new environmental assessment laws that must go beyond what it is currently proposing in its Discussion Paper to: Ensure independent evidence and oversight of assessments, including peer review of scientific information, and mandatory independent and Indigenous-led review panels; Provide more meaningful public participation and participant funding; Address cumulative impacts through...
MiningWatch Releases Video and Critique of the Mine’s Grievance Mechanism In a video released by MiningWatch Canada, women living in villages around Barrick Gold’s North Mara mine in Tanzania speak out publicly for the first time about the sexual violence they suffered at the hands of private and public (police) mine security at the North Mara mine. They also discuss the inadequacies of the remedy they have received from the mine’s grievance mechanism, and the ongoing hardship they continue to suffer as a result of their rapes. MiningWatch has interviewed over a hundred men, women...
Early last week, over thirty organizations and 160 individuals sent a letter to Mexican authorities, the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and the President of Canadian mining company Almaden Minerals expressing concern about the murder of Manuel Gaspar Rodríguez and threats of criminalization and violence against Indigenous communities in the Sierra Norte de Puebla who are fighting mining and hydroelectric projects. Before his murder, Manuel Gaspar was one of eight people facing charges pressed by the national electrical utility company (CFE) for participating in the blockade of a major new...
Eritrea mining
It was sheer coincidence, but more than a tinge of irony coloured yesterday's news that the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Nevsun Resources' appeal of a court ruling that accusations against it regarding the use of forced labour at its Bisha mine in Eritrea should be heard in British Columbia, not Eritrea, just as a new report revealed evidence of the Eritrean regime's use of forced labour and exposed transnational mining companies' contributions to supporting the regime. A group of Eritrean refugees allege that as military conscripts, they were forced to work for an Eritrean military...
On June 11, over fifty Guatemalan and international organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala raising deep concern about Embassy interference and threats of international lawsuits that they believe are putting undue pressure on the country’s Constitutional Court and pose further risk to residents demonstrating against the project . A decision is currently pending from the court concerning the current suspension of Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine. Notably, on May 21, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala released a public statement highlighting the importance of natural...
The Sisson Mine project (Northcliff/HDI/Todd Minerals) is currently applying for permission to dump millions of tons of mining waste into the headwaters of the pristine Nashwaak river and watershed. The federal government, through Environment Canada, is accepting comments from the public until May 3, 2018 . Act now to reject this project and protect the Nashwaak river The Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB), in partnership with the Nashwaak Watershed Association , the Wolastoqey Nation Grand Council, as well as many local organizations and communities are calling on the solidarity of...
From April 27 to 30, MiningWatch partners will be joining delegates from Canada and the Global South will participate in the International Gathering of Women Resisting Extractivism in Montreal. This gathering will bring together more than 40 land and life defenders from around the world to share their experiences and strategies of resistance, as well as to speak out against the threats they are facing because of their work. The gathering will highlight the impacts of extractivism on Indigenous women and the important steps they are taking to ensure the well-being of their...
Mining-death
Οn 4 th April, 2018, it was reported that Hellas Gold, a subsidiary of Eldorado Gold, had won a crucial arbitration battle in Greece. Hellas Gold, which is developing the Skouries and Olympias deposits in the Halkidiki peninsula of northern Greece, has faced years of local opposition and legal challenges. The arbitration process was initiated in September 2017 by the Ministry of Environment & Energy, which asked the arbitrators to judge whether Hellas Gold had violated its contractual obligations by submitting a deficient technical study for the planned gold-copper metallurgical plant...
This year we have two topics, with special guests to present and discuss them with us. All are invited. “Silent No More: Women Resisting Mining and Demanding Justice” Our partners in Canada and overseas call on the federal government to act to prevent harms and give access to remedies for women affected by Canadian mining here and abroad. With Cressida Kuala, Red Wara Women's Association, Porgera, Papua New Guinea Jacqueline Hansen, Amnesty International Canada Catherine Coumans, MiningWatch Canada “Canada’s proposed new Impact Assessment Act: Good from afar but far from good?” Bill C-69,...
The following communiqué from the Shuar Indigenous organization Pueblo Shuar Arutam was presented at a press conference in Quito on Wednesday in response to the presence of Mr. Elvis Nantip, President of the Interprovincial Shuar Federation (FISCH by its initials in Spanish) at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada event in Toronto on Monday. Many other Indigenous, environmental and human rights organizations in Ecuador have also joined onto this statement, as listed further below. Further to this, on Tuesday, the Ecuadorian Federation of Kichwa Peoples (Ecuarunari)...