As you are keenly aware, BC has been a battleground for struggles to protect water against bad mining practices and things are just about to get much worse.
Just last week, mining executives celebrated the announcement of premier Christy Clark’s ‘plan’ to create eight new mines and expand nine existing ones over the next three years. Key to this ‘plan’ is an immediate streamlining the regulatory process that can often take years. Karina Brino, the president of the Mining Association of BC, told those at the launch of the new initiative the plan bodes well for the long-term sustainability of the mining industry.
But who is looking out for the long-term sustainability of our shared water?
One week from today, find out how communities are fighting back against bad mining throughout the continent. Register now for Shout Out Against Mining Injustice conference in Vancouver June 1st and 2nd by clicking here.
Register now to hear leading voices on water, environmental and human rights address the threats posed by Vancouver-based mining companies here at home and in the Americas, and what we can do to work in solidarity with impacted communities and to build a movement to defend water justice. The amazing line-up of speakers includes:
Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. She has fought for the recognition of the human right to water and against abusive corporate power for years. Last September she was in Guatemala and visited the Goldcorp Marlin mine, which has poisoned waters and been linked to multiple human rights violations.
Chief Marilyn Baptiste of the Tsilhqot’in National Government. She is fighting against Taseko Mines Ltd. and its plan to operate a gold-copper mine near Williams Lake that would destroy Little Fish Lake and Fish Creek and endanger Fish Lake/ Teztan Biny.
Anne Marie Sam, Negotiator with the Nak’azdli First Nation. She is opposing the Thompson Creek Metals’ Mount Milligan mine, between Fort St. James and Mackenzie;
Tria Donaldson of the Wilderness Committee. She and her group are directly taking on the Raven coal mine, near Buckley Bay.
Rodolfo Arteaga of the Comité Regional Ambientalista in Valle de Siria, Honduras. He is raising his voice against Goldcorp’s San Martin mine which polluted the water in his community with heavy metals. That mine is now closed but it is feared it could re-open as an even bigger mine.
Leovigildo Vásquez Sánchez of the Coordinadora de Pueblos Unidos del Valle de Ocotlan in México. He is opposing the Fortuna Silver mine in his community because of the threat it poses to local water sources. His brother Bernardo, also an opponent of the mine, was murdered in an ambush this past March. Leovigildo’s other brother Andrés was wounded in that attack.
7:00 pm – Friday June 1st
The Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver).
Admission is a $20 donation (or what you can afford) and pre-registration is requested.
*Update: We are thrilled to announce singer-songwriter Mark Berube will be performing at the Friday night public forum!
Shout Out Against Mining Injustice Teach-In
8:00 am to 5:00 pm – Saturday June 2nd
Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University (515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver).
*Update: Saturday workshops are filling up fast so be sure to REGISTER NOW.
Join us for this timely and important event. To view the full conference and register now, visit www.canadians.org/shoutout.
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