Wednesday May 1, 2019
Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories
Family friendly. Regalia and gala attire welcome!
Updates and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2660744783967079/
Every year in May, BC Mining Month announces a smattering of galas, charity pie throws, networking events and fancy luncheons. All of this is to celebrate an industry that too often destroys communities, exploits workers, and devastates ecosystems while funneling profits into tax havens.
The pinnacle of this celebration is the BC Mining Person of the Year Award which recognizes “an outstanding individual who has shown leadership in advancing and promoting the mining industry. Illustrious past winners include Pierre Lebel of Imperial Metals (whose Mount Polley Mine spilled an estimated 25 billion litres of mining waste into Quesnel Lake), and John McManus of Taseko Mines (which has repeatedly pushed to build their New Prosperity Mine, despite firm opposition from the Tsilhqot’in Nation).
No, we are not making this stuff up.
In response, the Mining Justice Alliance is once again holding a “gala” of mining resistance!
On May 1, as millions around the world rally against corporate power on International Workers’ Day, we will gather outside the BC “Mining Person of the Year” gala. We’ll be celebrating “Mining Resisters of the Year”—communities and individuals on the frontlines who have stood up for justice and self-determination in the face of this powerful industry.
Please join us on May 1!
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP-Canada) | Migrante BC | Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR) | the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU), Simon Fraser University | the Reverend Emilie Smith, co-president SICSAL, (The Oscar Romero International Christian Network in Solidarity with the Peoples of Latin America) | BC-Central America Student Alliance (BC CASA) | Place + Space Collective, SFU | Mining Justice Action Committee (Victoria) | Gabriela BC (Women’s Collective) | Rights Action | Social Justice Centre – UBC | Stop the Institute
Mining Justice Alliance is an all-volunteer, grassroots collective on unceded Coast Salish Territories that organizes with communities—on turtle island and across the globe—affected by Canadian mining corporations. We organize actions that raise awareness around endemic injustices within Canada’s state-supported mining industry. Our organizing work prioritizes the perspectives and social-environmental justice concerns expressed by directly-affected communities: most of the actions and events we organize respond to direct requests made by communities facing Canadian mining projects and their allies.
We organize from where we live and work, on unceded traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Stó:lō (Stolo), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.