Newsletter 13: Summer 2003

Viernes, Septiembre 19, 2003
On July 8, 2003, Chief Peter Moonias, Chief Roger Oskineegish, and Chief Dean Cromarty signed a Declaration for the Protection of Rights and Interests to the Traditional Territories of the Neskantaga First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation, and Wunnumin Lake First Nation. Addressed to the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, Aurora Platinum Corp., De Beers Canada Corp., Lake Shore Gold ...
Viernes, Septiembre 19, 2003
BC and Canada both get a failing grade on the Tulsequah Chief mine proposal in northwest British Columbia. BC stomped on the human rights of the Taku River Tlingit by re-approving the project last December while the first approval is still before the Supreme Court of Canada (it will be heard in December of 2003).The federal government gave the proponent,
Viernes, Septiembre 19, 2003

On September 12 to 13, MiningWatch Canada participated in a conference in Ottawa sponsored by the International Ban Asbestos Network entitled Canadian Asbestos: A Global Concern. The Conference was co-chaired by Joe Comartin (NDP MP for Windsor) and Elizabeth May of the Sierra Club of Canada. The almost 100 delegates came from trade unions, environmental and health organisations and asbestos victims groups around the world. The meeting included many prominent scientists and researchers.

Viernes, Septiembre 19, 2003

The “No-Alumysa” campaign is celebrating as Noranda’s proposed Alumysa aluminum smelter in southern Chile is put on hold indefinitely.

Viernes, Septiembre 19, 2003

On September 6, 2003, MiningWatch Canada had the privilege of attending a benefit concert organized by the Citizens’ Committee of Oka, the Band Council of Kanesatake, and the UPA (Union of Agricultural Producers) of Deux Montagnes in collaboration with l’Art Bleu from Eau Secours!, a Montreal-based NGO that works for the protection of water.

Viernes, Septiembre 19, 2003

To help its Nations deal with the impacts of past and current mines in their territory, and especially the proliferation of diamond exploration activity and mine development, Nishnabe-Aski Nation (NAN) has hired David Peerla as Mining Coordinator, based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He can be reached at dpeerla(at)nan.on.ca or by phone at (807) 625-4915.

Viernes, Septiembre 19, 2003

Vancouver-based Placer Dome is facing vehement opposition from indigenous Dayak communities, as well as from provincial government officials and an international consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations. Placer has started an exploration program in Indonesia’s oldest protected forest. The Meratus Mountain protected forest in South Kalimantan (formerly known as Borneo) has enjoyed protected status since 1928.

Viernes, Septiembre 19, 2003

Over the past three years, members of Bedford Mining Alert (north of Kingston, Ontario) have brought several disputes before the Provincial Mining Recorder and the Mining and Lands Commissioner.