BC Mining Resisters


2019 Mining Resisters of the Year: Awards and Counter-Gala

On May 1, as millions around the world rally against corporate power on International Workers’ Day, we will gather outside the BC mining industry’s “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.

We are pleased to announce the following 2019 Mining Resisters of the Year!

Unión de Ejidos y Comunidades en Defensa de la Tierra, el Agua y la Vida, Atcolhua (Ixtacamaxtitlan, Puebla, México)

Colectivo Defensores del Agua y La Vida—Water and Life Defenders Collective (Loja Province, Ecuador)

Azacualpa Environmental Committee and ASONOG allies (Copán, Honduras)

Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares (Philippines)

Secwepemc Communities impacted by Mt. Polley Mine (Secwepemc Territories)

Alliance of Solwara Warriors and allies (New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea)

Tŝilhqot’in Nation, Tl’esqox First Nation (Chief Francis Leceese)

Marinduque Council for Environmental Concern (MACEC) (Marinduque, Philippines)

Xinca Parliament (San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa Department, Guatemala)


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!

Please join us at our “Gala” Awards Ceremony!


Wednesday May 1, 2019


Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories

Hors D’Oeuvres! Music! Speakers!

Family friendly. Regalia and gala attire welcome!

Updates and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2660744783967079/


Endorsed by: 

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!

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