A panel discussion on Canadian mining, the privilege the sector is given by federal and provincial governments, the impacts of these companies on communities and territorial rights-holders, and whether Canada is projecting these extractivist values abroad.
The panel will deconstruct the ideological roots behind CIRDI — the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute — a mining , oil, and gas industry think-tank now hosted at UBC.
Kanahus Manuel + Jennifer Moore + Alain Deneault + Angelica Choc + Miguel Mijangos
2:30 — 4:30 pm, Thursday 26 March
UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 302 (Dodson Room)
unceded Coast Salish territory
UBC Social Justice Centre
Kanahus Manuel is a mother and warrior from the Secwpemc Nation in the Shuswap region. She has been active in fighting against development projects and corporations such as the Sun Peaks Ski Resort and Imperial Metals. Recently, she has been involved in organizing to raise awareness about the Mount Polley gold-copper mine tailings spill, possibly the worst mining pollution disaster in Canadian history. She helped to set up the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe camp at the disaster site.
Jennifer Moore is Latin America Program Coordinator of Mining Watch Canada, where she works on the Guatemala/Goldcorp campaign and on supporting communities, organizations, and networks struggling with mining issues throughout Latin America. Jennifer is a freelance print and broadcast journalist with twelve years experience in social justice journalism, a third of which she has gained while living and working in Ecuador.
Alain Deneault is a researcher with Réseau pour la justice fiscale Québec, and a lecturer in Political Science at the Université de Montréal. He has written on the mining industry worldwide (Imperial Canada Inc., 2012), and on tax havens (Canada: a new tax haven, 2015, forthcoming).
Miguel Mijangos: works in the Costa Chica-Montaña region of Guerrero, Mexico and in the southern highlands of Oaxaca with Indigenous and campesino communities in processes of community and territorial planning. He belongs to the organization Comprehensive Processes for Peoples’ Self-Governance, a collective that works closely with other organizations at the regional level and part of the Mexican Network of Mining Affected Peoples (REMA by its initials in Spanish), which undertakes strategies to address the extractive mining model.
Angelica Choc is an indigenous Mayan Q’eqchi’ from the community of La Uníon, in the Municipality of El Estor, Republic of Guatemala. Five years ago, her husband, Adolfo Ich Chamán, was killed by security forces employed at the Fenix mining project in Guatemala – at the time owned by Canadian company HudBay Minerals.
Peter Wood (panel moderator/facilitator): Peter has many years of conservation-related experience in BC and internationally, and is currently the terrestrial campaigns director for CPAWS-BC.
Download the PDF poster call-out for this event.
And mark these upcoming events on your calendar:
at the State of Extraction Conference
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Saturday 28 March 2015
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.
The Devil Operation (film screening)
with Stephanie Boyd + Miguel Araoz
5:00 – 7:00 pm, Monday 30 March 2015
UBC, Buchanan A, Room 102
Toxic Tour: voices of resistance vs. extractive industries (tour of downtown Vancouver)
with the Mining Justice Alliance
12: 00 – 3:00 pm, Saturday 28 March 2015
starts at north side of Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia & Howe)