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Nouveau Monde Graphite Still Has No Consent from Atikamekw Nation 

(Manawan, Quebec) While the Chairman and CEO of Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG), Mr. Eric Desaulniers, is speaking at the international online Benchmark Minerals Week 2020 event today, the Atikamekw Council of Manawan reaffirms that its community members have still not given their free, prior, and informed consent to the proposed Matawinie open pit graphite mine located in Quebec, Canada. In...

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Employment Opportunity - Network Coordinator: COVID-19/Mining Monitoring Group

Position : COVID-19/Mining Network Coordinator Term: Temporary (10 months) full-time contract from February 8, 2021 to December 8, 2021 Organization : MiningWatch Canada ( ), on behalf of a network of allied international organizations Location: Ottawa, Toronto, or Montreal area Application deadline : December 27, 2020 (Midnight EST) Starting date: February 8, 2021 at the latest Pay : $50,000...

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Open Letter to the Communities and Organizations of Chubut, Argentina

To: The Union of Assemblies of the Communities of Chubut The Indigenous Mapuche-Techuelche communities of the province of Chubut The citizens and organizations of the province, We, the undersigned organizations, write to you with great concern about the current threat, provoked by the mining lobby of some Canadian mining companies, of the possible zoning of the historic Law XVII-Nº 68...

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“It Did Not Go Well” – Barrick Continues Pressure on Papua New Guinea Government While Ignoring Human Rights

Information received by MiningWatch Canada indicates that Barrick Gold (Barrick) continues to play hardball with the government of Papua New Guinea, while ignoring responsibility for a long history of un-remedied human rights abuses at its former Porgera Joint Venture mine in the highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG). “Barrick is aware of the human rights abuses Porgerans have suffered because...

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TAKE ACTION: Demand that INV Metals make the Environmental Impact Assessment for Loma Larga, Public!

In November, 2020, organizations from Southern Ecuador requested that Canadian company INV Metals give them access to the Environmental Impact Assessment for its Loma Larga project, as well as other technical studies. The company has failed to respond, denying these organizations basic access to critical environmental and social information, despite saying time and again that the project will not negatively...

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Open Letter to INV Metals in Support of Ecuadorian Organizations Requesting Environmental Impact Study for Loma Larga Project

[ take action to support these organizations by sending your own letter] Dec. 4, 2020 Ms. Candace MacGibbon, President, INV Metals Toronto, Canada Re: Respond to Ecuadorian organizations’ request for access to critical technical information: make Loma Larga´s EIA public Ms. MacGibbon, We the undersigned write to you today in reference to a request that was recently made to your...

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Massive Mobilizations Ignite Argentinian Patagonia In Face of Lobby Pressure to Subvert Anti-Mining Legislation

On November 24th, 2020, the Provincial Legislature of Chubut, Argentina initiated debate on two important laws for the future of mining in the province. In an online session, both the Popular Initiative to protect the region’s water supplies from mining and the pro-mining “Zoning” bill were sent to commission on the same day, to be analyzed and brought back, with...

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The glaring problem with Canada’s solar sector and how to fix it

Read the full article at By Leigh Matthews #5 of 5 articles from the Special Report: A green stimulus package for Canada Renewable energy sources, like solar, are key parts of Canada's net-zero strategy, but this push is unsustainable without regulations governing hazardous e-waste, resource extraction and recycling. Photo iSolara Solar Power Giant solar farms have been widely heralded...

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URGENT ACTION: Call on Canadian Banks to Stop Funding Conflict at the Los Filos mine

The Ejido of Carrizalillo shut down Equinox Gold’s Los Filos mine in Guerrero, Mexico on September 3, after two months of failed attempts at dialogue to address racist and discriminatory treatment, as well as breaches of their social cooperation agreement. This is the longest-running strike since the mine started operating in 2007. Instead of genuine efforts to achieve talks over a new agreement with the community, Equinox Gold, has resorted to provocation and threats, and is even suing the Ejido in Mexican courts. BMO, CIBC, Scotiabank and the National Bank of Canada are funding this unnecessary conflict having participated in a $500 million credit agreement with Equinox in March 2020. These banks have a responsibility to demand Equinox stop putting communities, and investors, at risk. Call on BMO, CIBC, Scotiabank, and the National Bank of Canada to demand that Equinox negotiate in good faith without threats .

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Investor Alert: Equinox Threatens Community, Inexplicably Prolonging Suspension at Los Filos Mine in Mexico

Today, Equinox Gold reached the 83-day mark in the shut-down of the Los Filos mine in Guerrero, Mexico. This has not occurred since 2007, when the community of Carrizalillo learned that Goldcorp (since merged to form part of US firm Newmont) had illegally purchased collective lands. The current shutdown is motivated by Equinox’s poor treatment of the community and breaches...


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