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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...
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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...
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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)...
It has been seven months that operations at Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine have been suspended and, once again, residents are speaking out about what they perceive as a further attempt on the part of the company and its supporters to provoke conflict, delegitimize their right to peaceful and lawful protest , and undermine the independence of a judicial process over two of the company’s licences. Below is a translation of a press release from the Xinka Parliament and the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa concerning an incident on Thursday, February 15th, in which...
This recent blog (below) from our friends and partners at West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) sums it up well. MiningWatch Canada and a team of lawyers supported by WCEL's Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund program helped Bev Sellars to file those private charges on August 4, 2017, for violations of BC laws. Unfortunately, BC has a policy which, in practice, never allows private prosecutions to go forward. This needs to change. Now, everyone is waiting to see if the Federal Crown will lay its own charges for violations of the Fisheries Act (after dismissing MiningWatch Canada's private...
Your support is needed in response to the dire situation facing Hondurans in the aftermath of national elections in late November that have been widely-denounced given evidence of electoral fraud and a campaign of state violence against hundreds of protests across the country since. Activist Edwin Espinal is one of over twenty political prisoners being held in a maximum security prison where he could spend years before ever seeing a judge. Please take action here , to write to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and your own MP calling for diplomatic action, urging that Edwin and...
The high cost of Canada’s diplomacy on behalf of Canadian mining companies came under public scrutiny during the week of February 5 when the son of murdered Mexican community leader Mariano Abarca and supporters presented a complaint to the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner (PSIC) over the role of the Canadian Embassy in Mexico in the conflict over Blackfire Exploration’s Payback mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. The complaint alleges that the acts and omissions of the Canadian Embassy contributed to putting Mariano Abarca’s life in danger and that the Embassy may not have followed Canadian...