April 27 Event – We Believe Survivors of Canadian Mining

We Believe Survivors of Canadian Mining

 ~An evening to explore the intersections of extractive industries and violence against women~

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

we believe survivors of mining violence

Full details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1650805138560226/

SPEAKERS:

  • 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.

The People’s Exhibition of Barrick at Museum of Nature!

You are invited to the People’s Exhibition of Barrick! 

4:30 pm, Tuesday, April 24 2012
In front of the main entrance of the Canadian Museum of Nature (facing Metcalfe St.)
240 McLeod St. Ottawa, unceded Algonquin Territory

To invite your friends via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/196060743844592/

Barrick Out of The Canadian Museum of Nature!

On Tuesday, April 24, Ottawa’s Museum of Nature will celebrate a new partnership with Barrick Gold Corporation with the unveiling of the “Barrick Salon”. Barrick Gold is a Canadian mining company based in Toronto with horrendous records of environmental destruction, and human, labor and Indigenous rights violations around the world, including but not limiting to Chile, Argentina, Peru, Tanzania and Papua New Guinea.

This newly established public-private partnership between the Canadian Museum of Nature and Barrick Gold Corporation is fundamentally unacceptable! Because it contradicts the museum’s most important corporate value – “Respect for People and Nature”.

Please come and join us outside of the museum as we present the “People’s Exhibition of Barrick”, showcasing Barrick’s destructive mines around the world

We will be joined by Barrick-impacted community members and special guests to share knowledge about the impacts of this dangerous partnership:

  • The Diaguita Huascoaltinos Indigenous and Agricultural Community, impacted by Barrick Gold’s binational Pascua Lama project on the border of Chile and Argentina,
  • The Archuar Indigenous Community of the northern Peruvian Amazon,
  • Catherine Coumans of Mining Watch Canada, and
  • Sakura Saunders, the editor for Protestbarrick.net

For more information about Barrick Gold and the communities impacted by Barrick’s operation: Protestbarrick.net.

This public-private partnership is offensive, we want Barrick Out of The Canadian Museum of Nature!

WHO IS BARRICK GOLD?

Barrick Gold is the world’s largest gold mining company, founded and chaired by Peter Munk. With a former Prime Minister on their board and former executives sitting on the board of the Canadian Pension Plan, Barrick enjoys government funding and diplomatic support.

WHY PROTEST BARRICK?

In countries like Australia, Chile, Papua New Guinea and Tanzania, Barrick takes advantage of inadequate and poorly enforced regulatory controls to rob indigenous peoples of their lands, destroy sensitive ecosystems and agricultural land, support brutal police and security operations, and sue anyone who tries to report on it. In the context of this libel chill, Barrick has branded itself as the socially responsible mining giant and boasts its listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Behind the scenes, Barrick has been singled out as the company most involved in the lobbying effort to stop private member’s bill C-300.

Source: Protestbarrick.net.

Protest: Barrick Gold AGM 2011