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.
Specifically, we organize in solidarity with communities affected by the practices and effects of Vancouver-based mining companies in Canada, the Americas and around the globe. While extractive corporations claim to bring economic and social ‘development’ to local and indigenous communities, members of mine-affected communities are increasingly reporting 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 privileges 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!
Email: miningjustice (at) gmail.com
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