by Sebastián Darío
San Salvador—Roughly 600 people hiked from their organized communities
into the hills of Chalatenango last week carrying a life-size cement statue
of the Virgin Mary as a symbol of their resistance to transnational mining
companies Aura Silver Resources Inc. and Intrepid Minerals Inc. continued activities
in their communities.
The statue was placed ...
Backgrounder for a presentation to the 2005 North American Indigenous Mining Summit by Joan Kuyek, National Co-ordinator, MiningWatch Canada. "There is no one 'Canadian Mining Law'. Mining is largely provincial and territorial jurisdiction. Coal, uranium, and quarries all have separate and different laws from metal mining...Mining laws have been set up to protect the interests of the mining industry and to minimize the conflicts between mining companies by giving clarity to who owns what rights to mine.
On September 8, 2006, MiningWatch Canada filed a formal complaint with securities regulators in British Columbia and Toronto, charging that bcMetals has misrepresented the risks of its proposed Red Chris Mine in northern British Columbia to its investors. MiningWatch has asked the B.C. Securities Commission to investigate whether bcMetals has acted contrary to the British Columbia Securities Act, its regulations, and national standards on disclosure, by failing to report material information or material changes to investors and securities regulators.
(Iskut, B.C.) Lillian Moyer, a 67-year-old grandmother, was arrested September 9, 2006, at a First Nations road blockade near the Village of Iskut in northern B.C. For two months, the blockade has been preventing Vancouver mining company bcMetals from conducting exploration for a copper-gold mine in the Todagin Plateau area south of Dease Lake. Community members allege that following the arrest, bcMetals heavy equipment leaked oil into trout-bearing Coyote Creek. They intend to hold the company accountable for the spill under Canada's Fisheries Act.
By Sebastian Dario
Saturday, September 2, 2006, the El Salvador Legislative Assembly held its weekly
floor session in Chalatenango City rather than in San Salvador. The organized
communities of the CCR-CRIPDES (Association of Rural Communities for the Development
of Chalatenango-Christian Committee for the Displaced of El Salvador) were present, lining the streets ...