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A precedent-setting case? Canada's Anvil Mining taken to court for massacre in the DRC
On November 8th, 2010, the Canadian Association Against Impunity (CAAI) filed a Class Action lawsuit against Anvil Mining Limited for its alleged involvement in a 2004 massacre near its mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Read more
Peruvian leader in Canada so that "Talisman Energy can hear us"
In November, Peas Peas Ayui, the leader of the National Achuar Federation of Peru (FENAP), was in Canada campaigning for the protection of his peoples’ land in the Peruvian Amazon where Calgary-based Talisman Energy plans to begin oil operations next year. Read more
Wahgoshig First Nation seeks injunction against Solid Gold Resources
On December 1st, Wahgoshig First Nation—a northern community with which Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario has partnered for more than 20 years—sought an urgent injunction against Toronto's Solid Gold Resources to stop drilling operations in a sacred area of their traditional homelands.
Read a press release from Wahgoshig First Nation, and visit MCC Ontario's Land and First Nations webpage to learn more.
Canadian investors advocate for change
Initiated by the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Social Investment Organization (SIO), this month 17 Canadian investment institutions and service providers—including groups such as Meritas, SHARE, and Sustainalytics—spoke out for greater transparency in the extractives sector. In a statement to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Cabinet Ministers John Baird (DFAIT), Bev Oda (CIDA), and Joe Oliver (NRCAN), the investors recommended that Canada become an implementing country of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) and that requirements for disclosure of payments by Canadian companies to foreign governments be strengthened. Read the statement
Canada's Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility begins to take shape
One of the four pillars of the government's strategy for enhancing the corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices of Canadian mining companies was to establish a Centre for Excellence. Hosted by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Centre aims to offer a forum where the extractive industry, government, and civil society can obtain timely access to high-quality CSR information and, in so doing, raise the bar for excellence in CSR-related practices. Read more
New book on mining and governance in Latin America
Staff from MCC's Ottawa Office attended the launch of a new book entitled, Governance Ecosystems: CSR in the Latin American Mining Sector. This event, featuring a panel discussion with some of the book's contributors, highlighted the need for more research and analysis on the dynamics of governance, resource extraction, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Focusing on Latin America, the book takes a broad "governance ecosystem" view to exploring the complex relationships between key players involved in, and impacted by, mining governance issues. Check out some other reading materials