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IPCM to Host Event on Impacts of Canadian Mining at the World Social Forum 2016

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SAVE THE DATE! The International People's Conference on Mining will be hosting an event at next week's World Social Forum 2016 in Montreal, Canada on the impacts of Canadian mining to the peoples of the world. Entitled "ON THE GLOBAL HARM OF CANADIAN MINING OPERATIONS: A Workshop on People’s Campaigns for Justice against Canadian Mining Operations", the forum-workshop will take place on August 9, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:30 am at the Pavillon DE (Local DE-2560) of the Université du Québec à Montréal.

More details of the event can be found below:

ON THE GLOBAL HARM OF CANADIAN MINING OPERATIONS

A Workshop on People’s Campaigns for Justice against Canadian Mining Operations at the World Social Forum 2016 in Montreal, Canada

 

Background and Rationale:

In 2013, more than half of the world’s publicly listed exploration and mining companies were headquartered in Canada[1]. In 2014, they accounted for $42 billion of Canada’s total GDP[2]. Global liberalization of the mining industry has facilitated the unhampered entry of Canada’s mining companies into different resource-rich countries worldwide. It is estimated that some 1,500 Canadian mining companies operate in at least 8,000 locations in more than 100 countries worldwide. 

In each of the countries where these Canadian mining companies operate,plunder, destruction and pollution of vital ecosystems, as well as wanton violation of human rights, national sovereignty and the right to national development follow suit.  This is especially true for countries where governments and state military armed forces work in collusion with foreign mining TNCs to facilitate their entry and operations.  Most notable cases are the Porgera Mine operated by Barrick Gold in Papua New Ginea, Anvil Mining in Congo, and Marcopper-Placerdome Mining in the Philippines. Where governments stand up with their people and resist mining, they are slapped with expensive lawsuits as what happened with Oceanagold’s $315-million suit against El Salvador. 

In Canada, civil society organizations, support networks and Church groups launched the Open Justice campaign in 2013 to demand accountability from Canadian mining companies for their actions abroad. One of the campaign’s objectives is the creation of an Ombudsman for the extractives sector who can independently investigate complaints against Canadian corporations operating abroad.

This August, civil society organizations may be coming from all over the world for the World Social Forum (WSF) to be held in Montreal, Canada.  This can be a valuable opportunity to also highlight the issue of the impacts of Canadian mining in different countries in the world and generate international support and coordinated actions for the establishment of independent venues of redress for communities affected by Canadian mining operations.

It is in this context that it is proposed that a gathering be organized in the WSF to bring three to fivepeoples’ campaigns for justice vis a vis Canadian mining companies, as well as gather renewed support to make Canada Open for Justice.

 

Event Objectives:

  1. Highlight peoples’  issues around the harms perpetuated by Canadian mining operations to their host communities and countries to the Canadian government and public, and to the world public at large, and gather support for their respective campaigns for justice;
  2. Link up local people’s campaigns in the host countries to the Canadian people’s calls to make Canada open for justice;
  3. Share experiences and strategies in confronting Canadian mining corporations, and develop mechanisms for coordinated activities and other forms of cooperation.

 

Speakers:

  • Opening Remarks and Context Setting - tbc
  • El Salvador Resistance vs. Pacific Rim / OceanaGold - Antonia Recinos Ayala (Radio Victoria / ADES) and Pedro Cabezas (STOPESMINING)
  • Philippine Experience in Confronting Canadian Mining - Leon Dulce (IPCM / Kalikasan PNE)
  • Canada is Open for Justice - Kairos Canada
  • Solidarity Messages from partner organizations worldwide

Event Organizers:

International People’s Conference on Mining (IPCM)
Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment (Philippines)
Association of Social and Economic Development - ADES (El Salvador)
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
With Support From:
Shared Resources, Joint Solutions – Philippines Program of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature - Netherlands