We Believe Survivors of Canadian Mining
Join IPSMO, OPIRG Ottawa, and ProtestBarrick as we take an international, national, and very personal look at violence against women, as we find solidarity in the similarity of these struggles.
April 27, 2017, 6-8:30pm
University of Ottawa Desmarais Building DMS 1110
Full details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1650805138560226/
- Two survivors of human rights abuses related to mining from Papua New Guinea
- Catherine Coumans (MiningWatch Canada)
- Jocelyn Wabano Iahtail (Attawapiskat First Nation)
After years of denying cases of sexual assault, Canadian mining company Barrick Gold compensated 119 women and girls who were victims of sexual violence by mine security in Papua New Guinea to the tune of ~$10,000 each for these abuses, but had them sign an agreement that they could never sue the company. Eleven of the women refused this remedy package and threatened to sue the company, resulting in a higher out of court settlement. Since that time, the 119 women who originally accepted the money from Barrick have organized into women’s groups and started to demand more dignified treatment from the company. Many others have never received any compensation at all, as allegations of sexual violence continue.
Closer to home, the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women has gained national and international attention due to the efforts of native women’s organizing and documentation efforts. These grassroots efforts have challenged official reports about the numbers of women who have disappeared, and created support and community for families and survivors of gendered violence.
From gaslighting tactics, to the cultural and legal barriers that prevent women from sharing their stories, we will look at the systemic forces that work to silence victims of abuse. We will also hear from courageous women who have self-organized with other survivors to tell their stories and demand accountability.