The Art of Resistance


e.315 - Communities Not Corporations! Mobilizing for Mining Justice ft. Sakura Saunders

Season 3, Ep. 15

From the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network:

"Canada is a leader in the global mining industry. With an overwhelming majority of mining companies headquartered here in Toronto, more money is raised for mining on the Toronto Stock Exchange than any other stock exchange in the world. For over a decade, human rights advocates, Indigenous peoples, labour unions, and environmental groups have pressured the Canadian government to adopt measures to hold corporations accountable for human rights violations abroad - Murder and sexual abuse by security forces, unchecked environmental devastation, corruption and even targeted assassinations are regularly reported at Canadian mine sites around the world - but to date our federal government has failed to step in with meaningful oversight."

We revisit mining justice efforts with Sakura Saunders of the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network and Protest Barrick. Sakura joined us more than two years ago with Everlyn Gaupe and Jocelyn Mandi of Porgera Women’s Rights Watch (Follow them here) to discuss local resistance at one of Barrick Gold’s sites in Porgera, Papua New Guinea. Two years later she returns as the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network calls for emergency action at Christie Pitts Park on Sunday, May 4th. She joins us from our studios at the University of Toronto.

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