Education and action campaign

A Voice for Justice: An Ombudsman for Responsible Mining

November 1, 2013
Pat Kennedy, President, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace

On September 30, 2013 the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) launched its national Fall Action Campaign, A Voice for Justice. I had the pleasure of participating in the launch with representatives of our Canadian Bishops, three guest Bishops from the Global South, local members and staff from the Montreal area, and many more who joined us for the live webcast.

Communities in Peru divided by mining projects

October 31, 2013
Mayalène Lavigne-Martel, Online Outreach Officer
Arturo Castro, leader of the community of Cruz Pampa, a village that will be displaced by a mining project.

Near Huancayo in Peru, several communities will be affected by a major phosphates mining project that is spread out over 27,700 hectares.

Canadian civil society is calling for access to justice

October 24, 2013
Elana Wright, Education Material Officer

23 Canadian organizations issued a call to action to Members of Parliament and all Canadians this week, to ensure that victims of abuse by Canadian extractive companies abroad can access justice in Canada.

Meet your MP Week: November 11-15

October 23, 2013
Elana Wright, Education Material Officer
Meeting with MP John McKay by members and staff of D&P and Citizens for Public Justice

Join other Canadians across the country who will be asking for support for the Voice for Justice campaign from their Member of Parliament during the week of November 11 to 15.

Mine unearths conflict in the Philippines

October 16, 2013
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Timuay Boy Anoy, a tribal leader of the indigenous Subanens of the Philippines, knows all too well the conflicts that come with a mine. When the Filipino Government handed over Subanen ancestral lands as a concession to a Canadian mining company, the community quickly dissolved into factions of those in favour of the mine and those opposed. Rumours, resistance, manipulation and a lack of transparency began to pull apart the social fabric of the tribe.

Madagascar: Living in the Shadow of a Mine

October 11, 2013
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

The Rakotoarimanana family lives in Ambohibary, a village located in the district of Moramanga. The village is surrounded by forests that are rich in biodiversity, and a passion for nature is transmitted from generation to generation. The father is the Fonkontany (village) chief and takes care of everyday business in the community. Mr. Rakotoarimanana and his wife chose to settle here over 40 years ago in order to raise their seven children. Their eldest son does not hesitate to denounce the many abuses of the mine that is located less than 10 km from their home.

A mine threatens the land and dignity of a community in Madagascar

October 9, 2013
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Access to land and defense of the environment are major issues in Madagascar. Malagasies are excellent farmers and among the finest rice growers in the world. On the island of Madagascar, there are approximately 14,000 peasants cultivating rice on irrigated lands located about 250 km from the capital city of Antanarivo. The Rakotoarimanana family lives in Ambohibary, a village in the district of Moramanga, and the opening of a mine not far from their home has resulted in a lot of frustration. “Until just a few years ago, we had enough food every day.

Launch of A voice for justice: highly mobilized and ready for action!

October 8, 2013
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
The Most Rev. Pedro Barreto, Bishop of Huancayo, Peru, the Most Rev. Nicolas Djomo Lola, Bishop of Tshumbe, DRC and the Most Rev. José Bantolo, Bishop of Masbate, the Philippines.

Our fall action campaign is officially off and running! This past Monday, September 30th, we launched the campaign in Montreal. In an atmosphere of warmth and solidarity, one hundred or so people gathered to speak out and create A Voice for Justice. Numerous members, donors, partners, allies, supporters, and employees of the organization expressed the urgent need to align themselves with populations from the Global South who have been hard hit by the mining activities of Canadian companies.