Tuesday, February 19, 2002

(Presentation by Joan Kuyek, National Coordinator)

Thank you for this opportunity to appear before the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian coalition of environmental, Aboriginal, social justice, development and labour organizations that advocates for responsible mining practices and policies in Canada and by Canadian companies operating internationally.

We have a number of concerns with the amendments to CEAA which I will address here with reference to some specific mining projects.

Tuesday, March 7, 2000

Washington, D.C. — A new World Bank report calls on the mining company Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP) to immediately close the troubled Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea due to the environmental damage being caused by the mine. In response to the report, international environmental groups including U.S.-based Mineral Policy Center, the Australia-based Mineral Policy Institute, MiningWatch Canada, and Papua New Guinea's Non-governmental Environmental Watchdog Group, called on BHP to take full responsibility for mine cleanup by implementing a comprehensive mine closure plan.

Tuesday, November 16, 1999

The Export Development Corporation has been brought forcefully to our attention by communities and non-governmental organizations that have to deal with the impact of Canadian mining development abroad. They want to know what role Canadian institutions play in perpetuating the problems they face, and what — if anything — Canadian citizens are doing to support them.

Monday, September 13, 1999

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Aboriginal Communities and MiningThe Innu Nation and MiningWatch Canada convened a workshop in Ottawa, Ontario on September 10-12, 1999 entitled "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Aboriginal Communities and Mining".

Wednesday, August 11, 1999

Joint news release with Mineral Policy Center (USA) and MineWatch UK: Ok Tedi Mining Ltd. announced that the environmental impacts of the Ok Tedi mine on the surrounding environment "would be far greater and more damaging than predicted".