Kinder Morgan resistance – Fundraising efforts

A group of dedicated land defenders have been protecting Burnaby Mountain on unceded Coast Salish territories against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Kinder Morgan has served these land defenders with a $5.6 million dollar lawsuit.

There are two funds raising money for the legal costs of Burnaby caretakers and residents. Please consider contributing to each:

Though fundraising goals for costs of the initial injunction hearing have been met, the funds remains open for continuing legal costs of defendants against the outstanding civil suit.

For more information:

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(EVENT) Community dinner with Wixarrica indigenous representatives from Mexico

Saturday, November 29, 5:00pm @ Dogwood Centre (706 Clark Drive)


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(Event) ‘Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians’ – Film screening


FREE Film Screening and Discussion

On November 28, Wixáritari representatives will visit UBC, on unceded Musqueam territory, for a presentation of the documentary ‘Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians’.

The director Hernan Vilchez and two Mara’kate (Huichol spiritual leaders), the father and son protagonists José Luis Ramírez and Enrique Ramirez, will introduce and discuss the film. Members of Stop the Institute (, a group raising critical questions about the new federal mining institute headquartered at UBC, will also be present.

This event is being organized by the UBC Social Justice Centre. It is endorsed by Mining Justice Alliance and the Forestry Graduate Student Association.

LOCATION: 098 Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall, University of British Columbia

DATE/TIME: Nov. 28, 12:00pm-3:00pm

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Wirikuta is one of the most sacred sites for the Wixáritari indigenous people of Northern Mexico, the place where the Sun first rose into the sky and the world was created. Every year the Wixáritari conduct a sacred pilgrimage of over 400 km, fasting and consuming peyote in order to commune with the ancient Gods.

Since 2009, multiple mining concessions have been granted by the Mexican government to multinational corporations to exploit the area of Wirikuta. La Luz Silver Project is a proposed venture by Vancouver-based First Majestic Silver, which would effectively destroy these sacred grounds.



The film Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians has won Best Documentary Film by the Red Nation Film Festival, the premier showcase for Native American and Indigenous film in the United States. The award was shared with The Life, Blood and Rhythm of Randy Castillo, by director Wynn Ponder.

The selection was the only Latin American film to be awarded.

More information on the film’s website here:

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Please sign – The People of Clyde River, Nunavut takes on the oil industry. (GREENPEACE CANADA)

via Greenpeace Canada

Something big is happening in one of the tiniest, most remote places in the world: the people of Clyde River, Nunavut — a hamlet of just 900 people — are taking the Canadian government to court.

The National Energy Board, a federal energy regulator, has recently approved a five-year search for oil off Clyde River’s coast, allowing seismic testing — a process of firing explosions through the ocean to find oil — as a first step towards dangerous Arctic oil drilling.

How loud are these explosions? Imagine standing underneath a jumbo jet as it takes off — only you can’t cover your ears to block out the sound. Add your voice to help Clyde River keep the oil industry out of Canada’s Arctic.

Incredibly, 80-90% of the world’s narwhal population lives off the coast of Clyde River, and these explosions can disrupt their migration paths, sometimes causing permanent hearing loss, and in the worst case, death. The people of Clyde River aren’t going to stand by and let this happen.

It took a great deal of courage and determination to launch this legal battle against the Canadian government. And the community of Clyde River is going into it hopeful with the knowledge that in 2010, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association successfully stopped seismic testing from happening nearby in Lancaster Sound.

We too are hopeful, as this important case has been described by Clyde River’s lawyer as “hard, but not unwinnable.” Hard, because of how much influence the oil industry has over the government, but winnable because we know that you are going to join us and stand behind this brave community. Add your voice, help Clyde River keep the oil industry out of Canada’s Arctic.

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We Stand with the Caretakers of Burnaby Mountain and and Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion

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(Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa)

We, the undersigned, express our support for those who are protecting Burnaby Mountain from Kinder Morgan geotechnical survey work.

Burnaby mountain is public land (on unceded Indigenous territories) that is used frequently as a recreational area and is a designated Conservation Area.

The City of Burnaby and its residents have been vocal for several years against Kinder Morgan’s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline and terminal expansion proposal that would transport even more diluted bitumen and bring even more tankers to the Burrard Inlet.

Over 70% of Burnaby residents are opposed to Kinder Morgan’s expansion. (Source: Residents have been educating themselves through town halls, teach-ins and personal research and have determined that the risks to public safety and environmental degradation from Kinder Morgan’s proposal are too high. Many residents are no strangers to the harmful health impacts of tar sands crude given that the city was home to a terrible oil spill in 2007.

The City of Burnaby is currently in the process of appealing a National Energy Board decision that grants Kinder Morgan access to the designated Conservation Area. This is a critical constitutional question of whether a regulatory body can grant a corporation the authority to override municipal bylaws.

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation have also launched a legal challenge of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tankers project. This is the first legal challenge by a First Nation against the new pipeline and tanker proposal, citing the federal government’s failure to first consult Tsleil-Waututh on key decisions about the environmental assessment and regulatory review of the project.

The pipeline facilitates Tar Sands expansion on Indigenous territories along the pipeline route and at the source. This would violate numerous Aboriginal Treaty Rights and the overall well-being of these communities, many of whom have already emphatically said no to Kinder Morgan’s expansion. As the Supreme Court of Canada has consistently upheld, it is the federal government’s duty to respect these treaties, as well as the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples living on unceded lands along the pipeline route.

Given all this, it should come as no surprise that community members are on Burnaby Mountain. These caretakers should not be facing an injunction or a multimillion dollar lawsuit by a corporate energy giant. Given the federal government’s failure to respond to residents, to Indigenous communities at the source of Tar Sands destruction and along the proposed pipeline route, and to municipal concerns, we laud these protectors for their bravery in taking a stand against Kinder Morgan.

Endorsements list and to add your group at this link:

There are two funds raising money for the legal costs of Burnaby caretakers and residents. Please consider contributing to each:

Though fundraising goals for costs of the initial injunction hearing have been met, the funds remains open for continuing legal costs of defendants against the outstanding civil suit.


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Urgent Action: Safety of human rights defenders in Colima, Mexico (MiningWatch)

Urgent Action: Mexico – Concerns for the safety and security of human rights defenders opposing mining activities in the state of Colima

Over the past year, environmental and indigenous rights organisations in the municipality of Comala, Colima State, Mexico, have been facing continuous threats, attacks, stigmatisation and criminalisation as a result of their ongoing opposition to a mining concession that has been granted in the Indigenous Nahua community of Zacualpan.

This concession as of yet does not have an environmental impact study or other permits. Local communities and organisations are concerned that building a mine there would have negative health and environmental impacts for the surrounding areas, including for downstream water users. The mining concession is for the exploration of gold, silver, copper and manganese and is being managed by GABFER, S.A. de C.V. whose other corporate connections and investors are as of yet unknown and whose legal representative is Rigoberto Verduzco Rodríguez. Bios Iguana A.C., member of the the Mexican Network of People Affected by Mining (REMA) and the Mesoamerican Movement Against the Extractive Mining Model (M4), has been advising and accompanying the Consejo Indígena por la Defensa del Territorio de de Zacualpan – CIDTZ (Indigenous Council for the Defense of the Territory of Zacualpan) in their information campaign about the impacts of mining and supports CIDTZ’s decision to declare their territory free of extractive activities.

On 19 September 2014, the Standing Committee of the Colima State Congress unanimously approved a point of agreement calling on police to prevent anyone unknown to the community from entering Zacualpan. This was intended to send a clear message to members of Bios Iguana A.C. that they should stay away and has led to further aggression towards members of the organisation.

Over the last two weeks, since 6 October 2014, Mr Gabriel Martínez Campos, President of Bios Iguana, has reported a number of occasions when vehicles with no registration plates have driven past his home. At times they have followed him. Neighbours have also noticed cars with no registration plates circling the block where he lives. On four different occasions in that period of time Gabriel Martínez Campos has been approached by unknown persons asking him how the current situation is in Zacualpan.

On 18 October, members of CIDTZ and Bios Iguana organised a social gathering in the city of Villa de Álvarez, as they are not allowed to enter the community of Zacualpan. A municipal police patrol arrived and asked what was going on. They were informed that it was a private party and they left. Later a state police patrol arrived, which is very unusual in the neighbourhood where the gathering was taking place. The vehicle drove very slowly down the street and an occupant was heard saying “Esperancita”, before driving off. This was a reference to Ms Esperanza Salazar Zenil, Coordinator of Bios Iguana.

On 11 October, Esperanza Salazar Zenil and another member of Bios Iguana, Mr Alejandro Bueno, were walking in the centre of Colima when a patrol car stopped suddenly beside them. One of the two officers in the vehicle greeted them. Esperanza Salazar Zenil returned the greeting and they continued walking. Later, as they walked towards home the same patrol car appeared beside them again, this time the occupants said nothing but as they drove very slowly past they both laughed.

On 22 September, at 10:10 amAlejandro Bueno received a threatening message on social networking site Facebook from a person supposedly called Angel Elektico. In the message, which was sent again at 10:15 am, the author says that he was walking past the human rights defender’s home when he thought of him and warning him that he should take great care.

On 28 August, a group calling themselves “Movimiento anti bios-iguanas” created a page on Facebook. The page has included posts threatening and insulting members of Bios Iguana. One post claimed to be written by an official from the last government and was directed at Gabriel Martínez Campos, claiming that he has been paid large sums of money and that he has no interest in the defending the environment.

On 26 August, members of the CIDTZ held a meeting with the Municipal President of Comala, four Councillors and a Deputy, where they were calling for greater security for the Community, amongst other things. A group of 6 persons suddenly entered the room to disrupt the meeting. They began pulling and pushing people in the room and, despite requests for the Municipal President to leave his security detail to assist those in the room, he left bringing the policemen with him. 8 female members of the CIDTZ were injured during the incident.

Above is a summary of a number of recent incidents where members of Bios Iguana and CIDTZ have felt threatened. This is not an exhaustive list and, despite submitting an official request (Number: 27877 of File Number: 375/2014) to the National Human Rights Commission for protective measures on 18 March 2014 for members of their organisations, they have yet to receive a response.

Front Line Defenders believes that the above-mentioned incidents form part of an ongoing campaign to discredit, threaten and criminalise the work of environmental and indigenous organisations such as Bios Iguana A.C. and the Indigenous Council for the Defense of the Territory of Zacualpan for their legitimate activities against mining activities in Mexico and that it is aimed at instilling fear in all of those engaged in legitimately defending their lands and their rights from the interests of national and foreign extractive companies. – See more at:


Jennifer Moore
Latin America Program Coordinator
MiningWatch Canada
tel: 613.569.3439 / fax: 613.569.5138
twitter: @MiningWatch

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“This is what they’re doing to clean up the worst mining disaster in Canadian history.” (YouTube)

One month after the Mount Polley mining disaster, what is the government doing to clean up the largest mining disaster in Canadian history? Watch this video by the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society:


Source: Kanahus Manuel

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