On November 20th and 21st, delegates of the Indigenous Xinka Parliament of Guatemala will visit Vancouver to share their stories of resistance to Canadian mining, to communicate their longstanding practices of self-determined development, and to call on Vancouver-based Pan American Silver to “Stop UnderMining Indigenous Rights!”
Please join us!
Wednesday November 20, 2019
UnderMining Indigenous Rights: Pan American Silver in Guatemala
Panel Presentation with Luis Fernando, Xinka Parliament delegate, in conversation with Chief of the Neskonlith First Nation and UBCIC secretary-treasurer Judy Wilson.
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2270. 515 W Hastings St. Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories
Updates, accessibility, and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/710768652750913/
Thursday November 21, 2019
Pan Am: Stop UnderMining Indigenous Rights! Drop the Escobal Mine.
Panel Presentation with Luis Fernando, Xinka Parliament delegate, with Joe Fiorante, counsel in Garcia v. Tahoe Resources Inc., 2017 BCCA 39, and Mark Harris, UBC Social Justice Institute
Peter A. Allard School of Law (Lew Forum), UBC, unceded Musqueam territory
Updates and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2497419167206826/
Rally in Solidarity with Xinka and Community Resistance to the Escobal Mine
Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, UBC, unceded Musqueam territory
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Stop UnderMining Indigenous Rights! Events are being held on the unceded traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Stó:lō (Stolo), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.
Luis Fernando García Monroy is from the San Rafael las Flores, Santa Rosa region in Guatemala and has been active in the resistance to the Escobal mine for nearly a decade. Luis, his father, and other community members were shot outside the mine while participating in a peaceful protest in 2013. He was a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Tahoe Resources, which was concluded earlier this year. Currently, he works as a paralegal and community organizer with the Xinka Parliament.
Amnesty International | Breaking the Silence (BTS) | Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters | Central America Support Committee (Victoria) | CoDevelopment Canada | Earthworks | Institute for Policy Studies – Global Economy Program (IPS) | KAIROS (Victoria) | MiningWatch Canada | Mining Injustice Solidarity Network | Mining Justice Alliance (Vancouver) | Mining Justice Action Committee (Victoria)| Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) | SFU Institute for the Humanities | Students for Mining Justice (UBC) | Sum of Us
BAYAN Canada | BC-Central America Student Alliance (BC CASA)/Cafe Justicia | Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights | Care for Colombian Leaders | Gabriela Women’s Collective | MIGRANTE BC | Place + Space Collective, SFU | Rights Action | Stop the Institute | UBC Social Justice Centre | UBC Social Justice Institute
Show your solidarity:
- Endorse the Stop UnderMining Indigenous Rights speaking tour! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign this petition in support of Xinka and community resistance to the Escobal Mine.
For nearly a decade, the Indigenous Xinka people in Guatemala have peacefully opposed the Canadian-owned Escobal silver mine–protecting their lands, waters, and ways of life. The Escobal mine is one of the most contentious mines in Latin America, and the focus of a precedent setting lawsuit in BC courts over a 2013 attack against peaceful protestors. For their resistance, Xinka community members have been killed and jailed. Some have been forced to abandon their homes and land.
In 2017, community direct action stopped activity at the mine and, shortly after, the Guatemalan courts recognized that the Guatemalan government discriminated against the Xinka and ordered the state to consult them. Incredibly, the Escobal mine–one of the most contentious silver mines in Latin America–was suspended mid operation.
In February 2019, the halted Escobal mine was purchased by Vancouver-based mining giant Pan American Silver.
Now, instead of implementing the open, inclusive consultation process ordered in the Court ruling, the Guatemalan government appears to be working in the interests of the Canadian mining company–by fast tracking an exclusionary, potentially illegal process that seems aimed at reopening the mine without the Xinka People or their consent.
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