photo above: Indigenous women and children in Guatemala are among those most impacted by Canadian mining companies’ destructive practices. (Photo: Danilo Valladares / IPS)
It’s estimated that 75 percent of the world’s mining and exploration companies are based in Canada, and mining is one of Canada’s most economically powerful sectors.
Activists say as a global power-player in mining it is still a long way from protecting indigenous people elsewhere from the onslaught of mining interests.
“I do not think that the idea of free, prior and informed consent is being taken seriously by the Canadian government, whether concerning mining operations within Canada or abroad” Jennifer Moore, Mining Watch’s Latin America Project Coordinator, told IPS.
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