Nov2: Undermining Indigenous Rights

Undermining Indigenous Rights:
Conflicts with Mining Companies in Canada and Guatemala

Tues Nov 2, 5:30pm
Carleton University – University Centre room 378
‘UC’ building:

Throughout the colonial era and through to today, mining companies have enjoyed government sanctioned and un-fettered access to indigenous territories around the world. Canadian companies are currently at the fore of efforts to mine indigenous territories here in Canada and throughout the global south. This presentation will examine three examples of Canadian mining interests infringing on indigenous territories and how communities are reacting: the proposed mine in Tsilhqot’in Territory (Central BC) that would destroy Fish Lake; the Ring of Fire where despite their interest in potential mineral developments the rights of Cree communities are not being respected; and the Goldcorp mine in Guatemala where local communities have suffered water contamination and organized community referenda against mining in their communities.

Ramsey Hart is the Canada Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada. He works with mining-affected communities across Canada, participates in the environmental assessment of mining projects and works to reform outdated mining laws.


This event is part of Indigenous Sovereignty Week 2010 in Ottawa, Oct27-Nov4 – for full details please see

Organized by: Defenders of the Land; Indigenous Environmental Network; Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO); Bolivia Action Solidarity Network; MiningWatch; Project of Heart; Public Service Alliance of Canada

Sponsors: Canadian Union of Public Employees; Public Service Alliance of Canada; Canadian Union of Postal Workers; OPIRG/GRIPO-Ottawa; PSAC NCR Aboriginal Action Circle; PSAC National Women’s Department; CUPE Local 4600 (at Carleton University); Carleton University Graduate Students Association; PROMdemonium Fund; Canada Council for the Arts