It has been more than two years since the former Minister of International Development, Bev Oda, announced that the (also former) Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) would fund partnerships between non-governmental organizations and mining companies.
Goldcorp doesn't get to brag about kabillions of dollars in extraction profits without hearing the other side of the story from Carmen and other Mayan community leaders resisting and denouncing Goldcorp's devastating harms and violations.
As the film Gold Fever is being screened around the world, I had the chance to visit some of the Mayan Mam communities in San Miguel Ixtahuacan (San Marcos, Guatemala) directly suffering the harms and violations caused by Goldcorp Inc’s cyanide-leaching, mountain-top removal “Marlin” mine
CYANIDE DREAMS: ECOTOURISM AND MEGA-MINING DON’T MIX IN HONDURAS, an article by RACHEL DEUTSCH
The June 2009 military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Honduras brought to power the military-backed regime of President Pepe Lobo that favours the interests of the powerful economic sectors of Honduras ... and the interests of global companies and investors, while using repression against the Honduran people's pro-democracy movement and against members of the newly formed LIBRE political party.
- open letter to women of Siria Valley , by Mining Watch and Development and Peace
- article by Mary Durran, Development and Peace
- links to 3 “cover-up” articles about how Goldcorp and Honduran authorities covered up reports about health harms caused by Goldcorp’s mine
7.4 Earthquake strikes off coast of north-western Guatemala, by the department of San Marcos where Goldcorp operates its very harmful open-pit, cyanide leaching, mountain-top removal gold mine. Concern has been expressed about the structural stability of the tailings pond, full of cyanide and other chemicals, built high on a mountain side.
A Public Letter to the United Church of Canada. Cathy Gerrior - an indigenous First Nations woman whose mother is a survivor of the forced Canadian Residential School system - expresses her dismay about how the United Church of Canada continues to invest its Pension Fund in the Canadian gold mining giant Goldcorp Inc, despite widely documented and continuing health and environmental harms and other human rights violations. This is the third article / letter cathy has written since she returned from an educational / solidarity trip with Rights Action to visit mining harmed communities in Guatemala.
An Article by Sandra Cuffe and Karen Spring ( human rights activists working with Rights Action) regarding Canadian and Chilean involvement in mining & security reform in Honduras.
- Link to May 10, 2012, radio interview, CBC "The Current", about Canadian nickel mining in Guatemala, and about how then Canadian ambassador to Guatemala slandered the "El Estor Evictions" documentary film
- Links to "El Estor Evictions" and "All That Glitters Isn't Gold" films by Steven Schnoor
- Media release by Klippensteins law firm, June 2010, Concerning slander ruling against Canadian government and ambassador to Guatemala
- Toronto Star story, June 17, 2010, "Former Canadian ambassador guilty of slander"
- New Internationalist story, September 2010, "Cook feels the heat. Canadian ambassador to Guatemala guilty of slander"