Every year in May, BC Mining Month is “celebrated” in Vancouver with a smattering of galas, charity pie throws, networking events and fancy luncheons. As part of these industry celebrations, the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC)’s BC Mining Person of the Year Award 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 million cubic metres 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 up.
The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Awards Gala will be held on May 7th, 2018. At the CIM Awards Gala, “hundreds of attendees will slip into their fanciest attire” to celebrate the year’s “shining stars of the Canadian mining industry.” (No, we are not making this up either.)
This year, 2018, Mining Justice Alliance will hold our own gala to celebrate the recipients of the first ever BC Mining Resisters of the Year Award
Throughout April and May, we are sharing profiles of people, communities and groups who are on the frontlines resisting BC mining companies. On May 7th, we will gather outside the industry gala to instead celebrate mining resisters who have stood up for rights, justice and self determination–facing up to a powerful state-sponsored industry.
Please join us! Our hors d’oeuvres might not be as fancy but our gala will steal the spotlight!
Celebrate BC’s Mining Resisters
Step 1: Nominate “resisters” and share their achievements
We are inviting mining resisters, mine-affected communities and their allies to submit nominations for BC Mining Resister of the Year to us by filling out this simple form by April 15, 2018. Nominees can be individuals, communities and/or organizations who are resisting either a mine in BC or a BC-headquartered mining company anywhere in the world. We will not choose an award winner. Instead, we will profile our nominees on social media. We will invite you to share our posts and spread the seeds of miningresistance far and wide. And we will invite you to join us to celebrate resistance at our gala on May 13th.
Step 2: Come to our Gala of Resistance
We will gather outside the “BC Mining Person of the Year Award Opening Reception” to celebrate these resisters with a community gala that will be way more fun than a corporate black-tie event. Come on out and let’s steal the spotlight together!
Date: May 7, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Outside Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
- Hors d’oeuvres will be served! Please bring your own mug.
- Gala attire welcome but not essential.
- Bring your voices, noisemakers and musical instruments!
More information/get involved:
- Nominate a BC Mining Resister of the Year
- Participate in the Gala of Resistance by contributing your skills, music, art or time
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to share our BC Mining Resister profiles
Read and share our 2018 BC Mining Resister of the Year Profiles:
- Diocesan Coordinating Committee in Defence of Nature (CODIDENA) and the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa (In Guatemala)
- Kanahus Manuel (Secwepemc Land Defender)
- Bisha Mine Workers (Nevsun’s Bisha Mine, Eritrea)
- Alyansa ng Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan (ANVIK) / Alliance of Novo Vizcayanos for the Environment (In The Philippines)