Does the Canadian Government Have a Message for Mining-Affected Communities in Mexico?

October 25, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: MexicoHuman RightsIndigenous Rights.

Guest blog by Daniela Pastrana, Periodistas de a PIe Journalists Network, @danielapastrana Translated from the original in Spanish by Christian Filip This month, during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Mexico, multiple videos circulated showing Mexican women legislators acting like teenagers, pushing one another aside in order to take a selfie with the leader who has been • Read More »

House Subcommittee Hearings on Mining in Latin America a Public Disservice

October 18, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Corporate Social ResponsibilityHuman Rights.

The committee hasn’t heard from people most directly affected by Canadian mining operations in the region. The federal Liberals came into office promising to take action on human rights abuses associated with one of Canada’s largest and most controversial areas of foreign investment abroad: mining. But a rare study on the issue in the House • Read More »

This Week in Ottawa: Breaking the Silence – Mexican human rights defenders to testify about worsening crisis

October 15, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: MexicoHuman Rights.

From October 16 to 18, a delegation of nine Mexican human rights experts will be in Ottawa to shine a light on the acute human rights crisis in Mexico. The visit is taking place just days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s state visit to Mexico. During their visit, the Mexican human rights defenders will testify to Parliament’s • Read More »

Mexican Network of Mining Affected People Tries to Extract a Response from Trudeau

October 12, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: MexicoHuman RightsIndigenous Rights.

On the eve of Prime Minister Trudeau’s first official visit to Mexico, the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People (REMA by its initials in Spanish) has issued a communiqué to call on Prime Minister Trudeau to live up to his commitments and stop the devastation of Indigenous and campesino communities that has enabled Canadian mining companies • Read More »

Tahoe Resources’ Social Licence in Guatemala Non-Existent, as Uncertainty Plagues Escobal Permits

September 26, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Tahoe ResourcesGuatemalaIndigenous RightsMilitarisation/Criminalisation.

On the heels of two months of lobbying in Washington D.C. and Ottawa seeking government intervention on its behalf, Tahoe Resources announced on September 10th that the Guatemalan Supreme Court of Justice had reinstated the operating licence for its Escobal project in southeastern Guatemala. Questions remain over this court decision, which is now under appeal, • Read More »

DNI Metals Digs Itself in Deeper in Madagascar

September 25, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Madagascar.

As we wrote in our September 12, 2017 news release, we have received a series of worrying allegations regarding DNI Metals Inc.’s Vohitsara graphite project in Madagascar, which are backed up by solid documentation. We had previously written to the company and got messages denying all the allegations, but as yet, we have received no specific response. Although DNI • Read More »

Public Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 13, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: CanadaIndigenous Rights.

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 • Read More »

Tahoe Resources Lobbies U.S., Canada to Intervene Over Guatemala Court Decision to Suspend Escobal Mine

August 31, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Tahoe ResourcesGuatemalaHuman RightsIndigenous Rights.

The following article was co-written by MiningWatch Canada and Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) with support from former NISGUA staff, Ellen Moore. 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 • Read More »

Let’s Get It Right: It’s Time to Strengthen Canada’s Environmental Laws

August 14, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Environmental AssessmentWater and fisheries.

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, • Read More »

Is the Federal Government Backing Away from Environmental Assessment Reform Promises?

August 11, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Environmental Assessment.

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. • Read More »