Canadian Mining Companies Are Devastating The Global South


Liam Meisner

Screen Shot 2021 06 16 at 14.28.26Any future government that’s concerned about environmental and human rights issues will have to rein in mining companies operating abroad.
Walter Aduviri knows better than anyone what pushing back against Canadian corporate interests can do. In 2011, Aduviri, an Indigenous Aymara leader from Peru’s Puno region, helped lead a protest movement against a silver mine in the region operated by Bear Creek Mining, a Canadian company. The Peruvian government eventually cancelled the mining concession, but Aduviri was hounded for years by court cases brought against him by public prosecutors for the protests, until he was jailed in 2019, a year after being elected governor of Puno.

Aduviri, a supporter of Bolivian President Evo Morales, was released from prison this past December through a Supreme Court ruling that suspended his sentence. However, the judicial harassment he and other leaders of the Aymarazo protest movement have faced is a reminder of Canada’s leading role in the global resource extraction system that devastates environments and communities in the Global South and suppresses popular resistance through violence and coercion.

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Vizcaya governor asks Rody to end 2 mine operations

Manila Standard

Brande Jocson

Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 23.56.30Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos Padilla reiterated his province’s opposition to the mining operations of Oceanagold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) and FCF Minerals Inc., telling President Rodrigo Duterte he should not renew the contract of the firms to run the Didipio and Runruno mines here.
In a letter to the President dated Dec. 9, 2020 and co-signed by Bayombong Catholic Bishop Jose Elmer Mangalinao and Bishop Joseph Agpaoa of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines North Luzon Jurisdiction, Padilla asked the President not to renew the Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) of the government with OceanaGold.

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NEW BOOK: The water defenders - how ordinary people saved a country from corporate greed


COVER JOHN AND ROBINS BOOKWater is life. Countless communities across the world, from Flint, Michigan to the Standing Rock Reservation to the Gualcarque River in Honduras, have used this phrase as a rallying cry against powerful corporations that value profits over the environment and the health of local communities. In 2002, a small group of citizens in El Salvador joined this global community of water defenders when representatives from multinational mining company Pac Rim appeared in their home province of Cabañas. This ignited a people’s fight against corporate power that would last for over a decade. In The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country from Corporate Greed, Robin Broad and John Cavanagh tell the harrowing, inspiring saga of El Salvador’s fight – and historic victory – to save their water, and their communities, from Big Gold.   

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No renewal for Didipio Mines

Manila Times

Leander C. Domingo

Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 23.56.30The municipal government and the indigenous people community are strongly against the mining license renewal of Australian mining firm, OceanaGold (Philippines), Inc. or OGPI. The Nagtipunan municipal government led by Vice Mayor Amel Fiesta expressed support for the Bugkalot-Ilongot tribe’s claim of ancestral domain ownership over the area being mined OceanaGold. OceanoGold’s financial and technical assistance agreement (FTAA) is set for renewal. Led by its overall chieftain Rosario Camma, more than 6,000 individuals belonging to the Bugkalot-Ilongot tribe has earlier appealed to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte through a petition not to renew the FTAA of OceanaGold because of its “blatant disregard” of the ancestral domain right of the indigenous peoples (IP).


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From dreams of gold to organic agriculture

* Angélica Cárcamo / Norma Ramírez  - ARPAS

Cabañas 1In 2000, the Pacific Rim mining company intended to employ 450 families in the Department of Cabañas, north of El Salvador. Although the mining project was in its exploration phase, the company closed its facilities in 2017 due to the approval of the Law prohibiting metallic mining. Following the expectations of a local sector to improve the living conditions of the area, local organizations began training processes in organic agriculture. Through these activities, more than 1,000 families have been trained during the last seven years. Currently, 250 families are active in the production of home gardens for family consumption and 25 are able to produce for local sales. For the participants in these initiatives, this type of process has improved family finances as well as diversified their nutritional intake.

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Honduran justice denies defenders of the Guapinol river to wait for their trial in freedom


Tegucigalpa. - Eight environmental defenders of the Atlantic zone of Honduras have been in prison for 15 months due to their opposition to a mining project which is plagued with irregularities. This Saturday, the judge Zoe Guifarro, of the Sectional Court of First Instance in Tocoa, department of Colón, ruled out the review of the measures requested by the legal representatives of the defenders. The judge decided that the defenders will not be able to defend themselves in freedom after she reviewed the measures requested by the defending legal team.

A group of human rights defense lawyers had waited since Friday that the judge would finally release the defenders of the San Pedro and Guapinol rivers, located in the municipality of Tocoa, in the department of Colón. The defenders are opposed to a mining concession for the exploitation of iron oxide of 200 hectares within the boundaries of the Carlos Escaleras National Park.

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