Despite being aware of the serious repercussions that mining is having on communities and the environment around the world, the Canadian government is indiscriminately funneling resources, including overseas development aid, into aggressive promotion of Canadian mining investments. Using examples from current conflicts in Central and South America, we’ll look at the role of the Canadian government in upholding corporate impunity for Canadian mining companies and share ideas about how to build solidarity with affected communities and work toward change in the status quo.
FEATURING: Jen Moore
Jen is Latin America Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada. She previously worked as a community radio coordinator and freelance print and broadcast journalist with strong interests in media democracy and Canadian foreign policy in Latin America. From 2006 to 2010, she was based in Ecuador and frequently reported on the struggles of mining-affected communities, including contributing research to an Al Jazeera documentary about tensions over water and gold in southern Ecuador. She has also written for Upside Down World and corresponded for the Latin America Information Agency (ALAI) in the wake of the 2009 military-backed coup in Honduras. Her radio documentaries have been heard on CBC Radio Dispatches, Free Speech Radio News, the Green Planet Monitor podcast and NPR’s Weekend America.
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