Category Archives: Conflict and Repression

Mining often occurs in undemocratic, occupied and/or disputed regions where human rights violations are routine. Mine construction can involve forced resettlement, in-migration of outsiders—including armed groups hired as mine security—and sudden differences in wealth, creating tensions between neighbours. Increased violence, militarization, alcoholism, and prostitution can turn peaceful villages into conflict zones. Commonly-reported abuses include threats, rape, disappearances, shootings, and murders of union leaders or those organizing opposition to mines. In Canada, violent repression is less common, but activists, academics and journalists are silenced through threat of lawsuits.

Mining Resisters of the Year: Xinca Parliament

Photo credits to Lisa Rankin and Xinca Parliament. BC Mining Resisters: Xinca Parliament Location: San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa Department, Guatemala Mining Company: Tahoe Resources and Pan American Silver Written By: Amy Hope The Xinca Parliament of Southern Guatemala have … Continue reading

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Mining Resisters of the Year: Marinduque People and the Marinduque Council of Environmental Concerns

Photo credits and descriptions to: Catherine Coumans, MiningWatch Canada: The top photo depicts: “Tapian pit, the first of two copper-gold mines operated by Placer Dome on Marinduque.” The bottom photo depicts: “The first piping tailings into Calancan Bay where Placer … Continue reading

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Mining Resisters of the Year: Tŝilhqot’in Nation

Photos retrieved from APTN News BC Mining Resisters: Tŝilhqot’in Nation, Tl’esqox First Nation (Chief Francis Leceese) Location: Fish Lake (known as Teztan Biny) Mining Company: Taseko Mines Limited (Prosperity Mine project) Written By: River Sun Teztan Biny, an area of … Continue reading

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Mining Resisters of the Year: Alliance of Solwara Warriors and Allies

BC Mining Resisters: Alliance of Solwara Warriors and allies Location: New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea Mining Company: Nautilus Minerals Written By: Emma Zarnke Deep sea mining has been a recurring threat within the past 10 years. Seabed mining proposes … Continue reading

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Mining Resisters of the Year: Secwepemc communities impacted by Mt. Polley mine

BC Mining Resisters: Secwepemc communities in struggle against the Mt. Polley mine and disaster Location: Mount Polley Mine, unceded Secwepemc territory, Colonial BC Mining Company:  Imperial Metals Written By: Chanelle Gauthier Last year we honored Kanahus for efforts of resisting … Continue reading

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Mining Resisters of the Year: Azacualpa Environmental Committee

BC Mining Resisters: Azacualpa Environmental Committee and ASONOG allies Location: Copán, Honduras Mining Company: Aura Minerals and Honduran subsidiary, Minerales de Occidente (MINOSA) Nominated By: Nick Middledorp Written By: Audrey Paugh Since 2014, members of the Azacualpa community have been … Continue reading

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Mining Resisters of the Year: Unión de ejidos y comunidades en defensa de la tierra, el agua y la vida, Atcolhua

BC Mining Resisters: Unión de Ejidos y Comunidades en Defensa de la Tierra, el Agua y la Vida, Atcolhua Location: Ixtacamaxtitlan, Puebla, México Mining Company: Almaden Minerals Ltd Nominated By: Pierre Beaucage, Département d’anthropologie Université de Montréal I am professor … Continue reading

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