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Global Letter of Concern Against Canadian Mining in the Dominican Republic

(Photo from Mining Watch Canada) Marcha contra Barrick: hundreds march against Barrick Gold's proposed tailings damn in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic. January 23, 2021 Breaking the Silence Maritimes-Guatemala joins a global letter of concern against Canadian mining in the Dominican Republic.  Upholding the rights of local communities and [...]

2021-05-04T12:34:17-04:00May 4th, 2021|Signed Letters|

Amidst a spike in violence 3,900+ sign petition demanding Pan American Silver respect the Xinka Peoples’ rights to free and prior consent

Dear Pan American Silver, When you purchased the Escobal mine in 2019, you knew about the broad opposition to the project and that there had been violent repression against those involved in the fight. Now, your refusal to halt local programs in Xinka communities is fomenting tension and division. These [...]

2021-04-15T13:17:58-04:00April 15th, 2021|Defense of Territory, Urgent Actions|

7 Year Anniversary: Honouring the Life and Resistance of Topacio Reynoso Pacheco

Today, April 13th, 2021, marks the 7th anniversary of the murder of Topacio Reynoso Pacheco. At the age of 16, she was a member of the peaceful resistance against a Canadian-owned silver mine near her home in Mataquescuintla, Guatemala.  Topacio was a co-founder of the Mataquescuintla youth movement to resist [...]

2021-04-13T15:13:59-04:00April 13th, 2021|Defense of Territory, Uncategorized|

Letter To the Canadian Government Re: Escalating Violence in Advance of Xinka Consultations

The following letter outlines our concern for the recent attacks against the peaceful Xinka resistance to the Escobal mine ahead of the pre-consultation. It was sent to the Canadian Government, including the Canadian Embassy in Guatemala, Global Affairs Canada, Cabinet Ministers, and the Organization of American States on March 30th, [...]

2021-04-15T14:12:33-04:00March 30th, 2021|Signed Letters|

Letter of Concern to Goldex Resource Cooperation

**Español adjunto Charles Ross, President & CEO James Ravannack, Director Goldex Resources Corporation 2300 - 1177 West Hastings Street Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2K3 March 30, 2021 Dear Mr. Charles Ross & Mr. James Ravannack, The undersigned organizations write to you with concern about recent claims of illegal mining in [...]

2021-04-12T18:20:34-04:00March 30th, 2021|Signed Letters|

Events for International Development Week 2021

Thanks to the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation for hosting IDW 2021! You are invited to our International Development Week event! Join BTS Cooperants Laura and Indigo for an interactive Lunch & Learn about coffee, justice movements in Guatemala, and the ways that they’re connected. We’ll dive into the history [...]

2021-04-16T10:02:43-04:00January 21st, 2021|General blog|

TAKE ACTION: Canada must provide promised powers to Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise

In January 2018, the government announced that it would create an independent office with the power to investigate. Instead, on April 8, 2019, it unveiled a powerless advisory post, little different from what has already existed for years. The Government of Canada failed to appoint an independent Ombudsperson for Responsible [...]

2021-04-12T14:47:19-04:00January 18th, 2021|General blog, Urgent Actions|

Consultations at Risk: Advances in the Escobal Mine Consultation Overshadowed by Constitutional Crisis

A new report Consultations at Risk: Advances in the Escobal Mine Consultation Overshadowed by Constitutional Crisis examines the ongoing consultation process of the Xinka people by Guatemala's Ministry of Energy and Mines during the 2020 Constitutional Crisis. The document was produced by EarthWorks, IPS- Global Economy Program and the Maritimes-Guatemala [...]

2021-04-13T09:00:10-04:00January 4th, 2021|BTS Report, General blog|

Global Solidarity with Communities, Indigenous Peoples and Workers at Risk from Mining Pandemic Profiteers

BTS joined 300+ organizations in releasing a statement which denounces the four ways multinational #mining companies are profiting from the #COVID19 pandemic, at the expense of people and planet. Read the statement and full list of signatories below. The mining industry is one of the most polluting, deadly, and destructive [...]

2021-04-14T09:26:16-04:00June 2nd, 2020|General blog, Signed Letters|
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