Advocacy

The Philippines: People’s mining conference sheds light on mining abuses

August 5, 2015
by 
Geneviève Talbot, Research and Advocacy Officer

From July 30th to August 1st, the International People’s Conference on Mining (www.peoplesminingconf.net) took place in Quezon City, the Philippines. Development and Peace’s Filipino partner Center for Environmental Concern was part of the organizing committee of the conference.

A step towards reconciliation

June 11, 2015
by 
Julie Lapalme, research and advocacy officer
On June 2, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report before an audience filled with expectation and emotion. After having collected 7,000 testimonies over a period of six years from victims and persons in charge of Indian Residential Schools, the Commission concluded that these institutions were the key element in a policy of “cultural genocide” directed against the First Nations of Canada and designed to eliminate any form of distinct Aboriginal legal, social, cultural or religious entity. Upon closing their work, the commissioners stated that only an important reengagement on the part of the State, combined with a broad public dialogue, can open up a way toward genuine reconciliation and equal opportunities for Aboriginal populations. A list of 94 recommendations was drawn up to guide the process.
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COP20: Bishops dialogue with diplomats on climate change

December 10, 2014
by 
Mary Durran, International Programs Officer for Latin America

It seemed a million miles away from the melting glaciers, the eroding deserts and the shrinking forest frontlines of the international battle against climate change. A Catholic school hall surrounded by manicured gardens in an upper class suburb of Lima was the setting for a high level dialogue between the Peruvian bishops’ conference, bishops from France, Brazil, Bangladesh and South Africa, and delegates from some of the developed nations attending the UN climate talks currently taking place in Lima.

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COP20: Évêques et diplomates dialoguent sur les changements climatiques

December 10, 2014
by 
Mary Durran, chargée de programmes - Amérique latine

La fonte des glaciers, l’érosion des déserts et la disparition des forêts, lignes de front de la lutte internationale contre le changement climatique, semblaient à des millions de kilomètres. La salle de réunion d’une école catholique entourée de jardins bien entretenus, dans une banlieue bourgeoise de Lima, est le théâtre d’un Dialogue de haut niveau entre la Conférence des évêques du Pérou, des évêques de France, du Brésil, du Bangladesh et d’Afrique du Sud et les délégués de certains pays du Sud assistant aux discussions sur le climat de l’ONU qui se déroulent actuellement à Lima.

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L’imputabilité des entreprises extractives à nouveau compromise

October 3, 2014
by 
Julie Lapalme, Chargée de recherche et de plaidoyer

Au cours de la dernière année, de nombreuses organisations de la société civile se sont mobilisées en faveur de la création d’un poste d’ombudsman indépendant pour le secteur extractif, capable d’assurer un meilleur accès à la justice pour les communautés du Sud affectées par les opérations minières canadiennes à l’étranger.

Once again, corporate accountability of the extractive industry is compromised

October 3, 2014
by 
Julie Lapalme, research and advocacy officer

During the past year, a broad coalition of Canadian civil society organizations have called for the creation of an independent ombudsman for the extractive sector who is able to make justice more accessible for communities from the Global South affected by Canadian mining operations. As part of this ever-growing movement, Development and Peace has repeatedly insisted on the need for this mechanism, through the Voice for Justice campaign, as well as in previous campaigns.

A Voice for Justice will be heard on May 14!

May 5, 2014
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Come join a mass rally on May 14th calling for Canadian mining companies to be accountable for their actions overseas!
 
The rally will take place on Wednesday, May 14th at noon on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Come be part of hundreds from across Canada who will be gathering on Parliament Hill to call for an ombudsman for the extractive sector so that communities negatively impacted by Canadian mining companies in the Global South can have a Voice for justice.

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Quebec City members call for A Voice for Justice!

February 10, 2014
by 
Elana Wright, Education Materials Officer

Development and Peace members in Quebec City held a week of action for the Voice for Justice campaign in their region by organizing several activities featuring Ramsey Hart from Mining Watch Canada.

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A Voice for Justice: citizen mobilization is well underway!

January 24, 2014
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Members of Development and Peace have been and remain very active all across the country promoting the A Voice for Justice campaign. Meetings have taken place with a total of 36 Members of Parliament from all political parties, and most of them have received petitions signed by citizens from their respective ridings.

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It’s Meet your MP Week!

November 12, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

This week, Members of Parliament across the country will be receiving visits from their constituents who want to share an important message with them from communities in the Global South: Canadian mining companies that don’t respect their rights should be held accountable.

This is why Development and Peace and several other organizations across the country are calling on the Canadian government to put in place an ombudsman here in Canada for the extractive sector.

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