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This past weekend a conference kicked off in Toronto entitled Mining Injustice. Some themes to be explored were listed as:
- Resistance against mining: short- and long-term struggles and issues
- Re-colonization through mining
- Corporatization of education
- Mining and displacement
- Workers’ rights and resistance mechanisms
- Mining, Inc. and Occupy
- From local to international: resistance, elevated.
Canadian mining companies are increasingly implicated in human rights abuses around the world. With the price of gold alone at around $1600 the drive to open up ever new mines must be fierce, and as usual with capitalist expansion, community concerns take a back seat to corporate profits. According to conference co-organizer and Mining Injustice Solidarity Network member Rebecca Bartel “Communities [around the world] are organizing, people are mobilizing, and alternatives to capitalist economic development are becoming a shared goal by a determined international resistance movement. From First Nations communities in Canada, to Indigenous movements in the Philippines; from campesino organizations in Honduras to community resistance in Tanzania, the movement is growing and will not be silenced.” On the phone from Toronto it was a pleasure to have Amani Mustafa Mhinda, founder of the Non Governmental Organization HakiMadini that does advocacy work on mining, environmental and community issues in Tanzania. He spoke on his front line advocacy work in communities faced with mining development. In the second half hour, Rebecca Bartel spoke about the conference and the struggle to hold Canadian mining companies responsible for the violence and social upheaval they are responsible for in other countries and in this country as well.