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Around the world, Canadian companies are at the forefront of the mining and resource extraction industry. Seventy-five percent of all mining companies in the world are based in Canada.
Canadian mining operations around the world are a mixed blessing. On the one hand, mines provide jobs, they invest in a host nation's economy, and often contribute towards schools, clinics and other projects.
But there is another side.
Jobs are often short-lived and the financial benefits to the economy are meager. Mines often displace people from their homes, destroy land, and contaminate water supplies. Frequently, the people who occupy the land – often, Indigenous peoples – are not adequately consulted. Sometimes, Canadian mining operations contribute to human rights violations, violence and armed conflict.