About Us | Contact

The Mining Justice Alliance (MJA) is based in Vancouver (Canada) on Unceded Coast Salish Territories. We are a coalition of activists, civil society organizations, students, and community members who initially formed to mobilize around Gorldcorp’s 2011 Annual General Meeting. Our focus has expanded in response to widespread concerns about endemic injustice within Canada’s state-supported mining industry. 

We organize in solidarity with communities (in Canada, the Americas, and around the globe) who are affected by the activities of Vancouver-based mining companies. While extractive corporations claim to bring economic and social  ‘development’ to local and indigenous communities, members of mine-affected communities report conflict, environmental devastation, water toxicity and scarcity, human and  indigenous rights violations, and violent repression–even murder–of residents who speak out in opposition to extractive projects. Our organizing work prioritizes the perspectives and social justice concerns expressed by directly affected communities.

In Vancouver, Canadian mining companies play an increasing role in our lives. Their names can be found in our schools, health clinics, neighbourhoods, arts centres, and in our pension funds. They are part of the replacement and privatization of our public life.

As a mining justice organization, we promote respect for cultural traditions and the self-determination of people over their land, resources, and ways of living. We stand for social, economic and ecological justice, and for community-controlled sustainable resource practices.

Let’s end extractive injustices! Together, let’s confront systemic abuses, and act to support affected communities in their demands for peace, land preservation, secure livelihoods, and self-determination! We welcome your energy and commitment to this work!

Contact us!

Email: miningjustice (at) gmail.com

Twitter: @miningjustice 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiningJusticeAlliance

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5 Responses to About Us | Contact

  1. Vaquous2013 says:

    Hi there! I am not sure if you are familiar with the Council of Canadians? http://www.canadians.org …please join them –they will support your initiatives and you could piggy-back events all over the World and of course Nationally.

    “The Canadian Government, along with industry allies and the Alberta Government, have launched a coordinated lobby attack on the European Union Fuel Quality Directive. This attack, run as part of a tar sands advocacy strategy, led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, is dangerous and irresponsible in the face of global climate change. To counteract these lobbying efforts, the Council of Canadians, Climate Action Network Canada and the Indigenous Environmental Network recently held a series of successful meetings with Ottawa-based European Union Embassies.”

    http://canadians.org/energy/index.html

    « Toronto Chapter Joins Local Fight Against Austerity and Cuts to City ServicesWIN! Obama denies Keystone XL pipeline permit »

    Enbridge: You’re On NoticeBy Maude Barlow, Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 More Sharing ServicesShare Print

    It is a sweet victory. President Barack Obama has listened to his people and his better nature and rejected the Keystone Pipeline. In spite of a massive campaign south of the border by the federal and Alberta governments and the energy industry, which included expensive wall-to-wall television ads, common sense has won the day.

    The tar sands of Northern Alberta have become a symbol of the destructive side of globalization and a flashpoint in the debate about alternative futures. With their heavy carbon footprint and their destruction of watersheds, the tar sands have become an international symbol of excessive development and the clear reason behind Canada’s abandonment of its Kyoto commitment.

    The route the pipeline would have taken through the United States on its way to be refined in Texas would have taken it over the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the most important and endangered underground water sources in the world. As ranchers and farmers and communities across whose land the pipeline would have traversed found out about it, they spoke with one voice: Putting the waters that grow the food for America’s heartland at risk for the profit of the energy industry is lunacy. The President agreed.

    It is important to be clear that the fight against these pipelines is not against the workers of Northern Alberta and their families. They too seek a safe energy future and workplace. And their union, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, is a clear and progressive voice in the call for a just and sustainable energy future.

    The fight against the Keystone and other pipelines is that they represent unparalleled growth in the dirty oil industry, essentially shutting out the search for alternatives. When untold billions are spent in building the delivery system for this industry, the imperative is set to exponentially increase production. Thus we see the big energy and pipeline companies driving energy policy, instead of energy policy being the outcome of an open process of deliberation and consultation between elected officials and citizens. Pure profit is driving energy policy in Canada to our international shame.

    Proponents of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline that would “punch a hole in the Rockies” to carry this oil to western ports for Asian export should be put on notice: The powerful coalition of community, environmental, labour and justice groups that came together across the Canada-US border to stop Keystone in its tracks is on the move. Under the leadership of the First Nations people along the pipeline’s proposed path, this growing peoples’ movement will take great heart from this victory. The Gateway will never be built.

    On this day, I think back to that lovely warm September day when a number of us crossed a police barrier on Parliament Hill and were arrested for our opposition to Keystone. I think back to that November day in Washington, when, under the leadership of Bill McKibbon of 350.org and other wonderful American allies, 12,000 of us surrounded the White House and demanded that sanity prevail in the decision about this project. All of us who addressed the crowd that day spoke about the right of future generations to clean air and water and a healthy future on a living planet.

    Today that dream seems a little closer.

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  2. Yes, we are well aware of the Council of Canadians and we collaborate with them whenever we can. Thanks for the suggestion nonetheless.

  3. Angeles Mendoza says:

    Hello,

    I am thankful I attended Wednesday’s forum and Vancouver Public Library. When I talked, I mentioned a report I wrote to support the Private Member’s Bill C-300 to request accountability among the Canadian International extractive sector. I got this e-mail today and would like to send you the signing form to support a new bill from MP John McKay. Maybe you can also contact directly Mr. McKay’s assistant: john.mckay.a1@parl.gc.ca/

    Do you know about groups like your here in Calgary?

    Angeles Mendoza

    From: john.mckay.a1@parl.gc.ca [mailto:john.mckay.a1@parl.gc.ca]
    Sent: April-22-13 2:22 PM
    Subject: C-474 Petition

    Good Afternoon,

    Attached is a petition to support Bill C-474, An Act Respecting The Promotion Of Financial Transparency, Improved Accountability And Long-Term Economic Sustainability Through The Public Reporting of Payments Made By Oil And Gas Corporations To Foreign Governments (LegisInfo link below). If you would please be able to circulate the petition and return any signed copies to our offices, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Bradley Conley

    http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=5983470

    Bradley Conley
    Legislative Assistant
    Office of the Hon. John McKay P.C., M.P. | Member of Parliament for Scarborough – Guildwood
    Room 109 Justice Bldg. | House of Commons | Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
    613-992-1447 | John.McKay.A1@parl.gc.ca | http://www.johnmckaymp.on.ca/

  4. mike says:

    lets all go back to living in caves, with a life span of 30-40 years- no need to worry about toxic mines then..

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