Mining in Latin America
Canadian mining companies have posed one of the largest threats to water justice globally. Our work on mining injustice is aimed at raising public awareness, building solidarity and putting pressure on the Canadian government to end the human rights and environmental abuses of the Canadian mining industry.
The Blue Planet Project has been following various struggles involving Canadian-owned mining corporations threatening the water of communities in Latin America.
From June 1-2, 2012, The Council of Canadians hosted a two-day international conference aimed at exposing the appalling environmental and human rights abuses of Canadian mining companies. Through workshops, panel discussions and strategy sessions, we helped raise awareness, build resistance and strengthen our networks of solidarity.
Shout Out featured engaging sessions with leading activists and representatives from mining-impacted communities in Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, El Salvador and Canada. The conference began on Friday, June 1st with a Public Forum featuring high profile speakers, community activists and musical acts. Saturday, June 2nd offered delegates the chance to engage in discussion on vital issues ranging from the right to water, Indigenous rights and environmental justice within the context of mining. We shared experiences, explored campaign strategies and built alliances to strengthen the movement against mining injustice.