Category Archives: Local and Indigenous Rights

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) states that the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples is required “prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands [especially] mineral, water or other resources.” Despite indigenous titles and/or local democratic processes, mineral rights are often sold and projects begun with no consent. The UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recently identified extractive industries as “a major and immediate concern of indigenous peoples all over the world.”

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: 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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Mining Resisters of the Year: Colectivo Defensores del Agua y La Vida

Mining Resisters: Colectivo Defensores del Agua y La Vida—Water and Life Defenders Collective (several communities organized) Southern Ecuador: Fierro Urku or Urco Cordillera (Iron Mountain Cordillera) is located mostly within Loja Province. It spans over neighbour province, El Oro. Communities … Continue reading

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