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Please circulate! The Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) is hiring an Indigenous Caucus Coordinator to support communities affected by mining across North America. MiningWatch Canada is a Steering Committee member of WMAN JOB POSTING APPLY BY SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 JOB TITLE: Indigenous Caucus Coordinator TIME OF WORK: Part Time (10-12 hours/week, more when coordinating an event, $US30/hour) GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: WMAN is a network of Indigenous, conservation, and public interest groups that works to limit the adverse environmental, economic, and social impacts of the mining industry in...
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Canada needs a legislative framework to fulfill the promise of this vital human rights instrument The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a crucial framework to achieve reconciliation. Such a human rights-based approach is essential to address the racism and discrimination that has caused such profound harm to Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. Violations include uprooting Indigenous peoples from their territories and resources, failure to honour Treaties, tearing Indigenous children from their families, and making Indigenous women, girls...
On August 4, 2017, MiningWatch Canada received reports of another killing of a male villager, reportedly by gunshot by private security at Barrick Gold’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania. This newly reported victim of alleged excess use of force by mine security furthers our concern that violence by mine security is ongoing at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. In a letter to Barrick we raise the problem of lack of access to remedy for victims of violence at the mine. And we again detail the shortcomings of the mine’s own operational-level grievance mechanism; shortcomings that we have been...
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The following article was co-written by MiningWatch Canada, Earthworks and Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala ( NISGUA ). Tahoe Resources is lobbying U.S. and Canadian authorities to intervene on its behalf following a July decision by Guatemala’s Supreme Court to temporarily suspend operations at the company’s Escobal silver mine. The decision cites discrimination and lack of prior consultation of Indigenous Xinka communities, whose ancestral territory in southeastern Guatemala is affected by the project. The country’s Constitutional Court confirmed the suspension...
This letter was sent to Minister of Natural Resources James Carr and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna by five organisations – MiningWatch Canada, Nature Canada, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, the Quebec Environmental Law Centre, and West Coast Environmental Law. The letter states: Tinkering with the current law is simply not acceptable to any of us. We are further concerned that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency—by far the most knowledgeable federal agency concerning impact assessment process and practice—is not leading the development of the new law...
These letters represent an exchange between MiningWatch Canada and RAID-UK and Acacia Mining plc. detailing ongoing concerns with regard to access to remedy and the operational-level grievance mechanism for victims of excess use of force by private and public mine security at the North Mara Gold Mine Ltd. in North Mara, Tanzania.
On July 12, 2017, MiningWatch started to receive information from partner organizations in Porgera that a corrosive substance had been disposed of by the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine causing burns to numerous villagers who came into contact with the substance. We wrote to Barrick Gold to get their explanation and to find out what efforts had been made to support the affected individuals. Here is our letter, and Barrick's response.
Pípsell Title Declaration
Tell the federal government it's time to make environmental laws mean something. The federal Liberals came to power with a promise to restore and strengthen Canada's environmental laws. In June, 2016, the government began a sweeping review of key environmental laws and asked concerned individuals, communities, and organizations to contribute. They did – and we did, too. People from across the country, including grass-roots activists, academic experts, Indigenous governments and grassroots people alike – all pitched in. MiningWatch helped organise some of those contributions, and...
Unless the Trudeau government takes a sharp turn from its current course, it’s starting to look as if fixing Canada’s environmental assessment law is going to be added to the growing list of bold commitments that it won’t deliver on. At the end of June, the federal government released a discussion paper outlining its plans. They amount to little more than tinkering with the Harper government’s devastating 2012 re-write of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act .
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Here's a set of key recommendations from various industry experts, practionners and analysts that believe catostrophic failures of mining waste facilities can be avoided if regulators take the following actions (NOT EXHAUSTIVE - additional comments welcome): Governance: Safety is the priority, not costs. Vet out financially risky mining projects likely to cut corners and unable to afford the safest measures. Immediately assess all existing mining wastes facilities and dams for potential failures and financial risk analysis. Maintain a detailed mining waste facilities and dams inventory...