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Mining and Indigenous Rights in Guatemala

    TAKE ACTION GUATEMALA: STOP TARGETTING LAND DEFENDERS! Tell Guatemala's Attorney General that land defenders deserve protection, not prison, for their efforts to protect water and crops. 

    Do you live in the Vancouver Lower Mainland? If so, join us for a free webinar on March 17 at 7 PM.

    Register now!

    We have all heard deeply disturbing reports about Canadian mining companies involved in human rights violations around the world, including in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

    Join this webinar to find out what you can do to help hold Canadian mining companies accountable for harming people in other countries, and to make sure that people who have been harmed by Canadian companies are able to seek justice in Canada.

    This webinar is for residents of the Vancouver Lower Mainland who are interested in human rights and mining justice. We will bring together people from different political ridings to strategize about lobbying their Member of Parliament (MP).

    Special guest: a local MP will join us and talk about how easy and effective it is to talk to your Member of Parliament about issues you are concerned about.

    Take Action


    Host your own photo exhibition

    Throughout 2013, Amnesty International Canada is touring a photo exhibition called “Canadian Mining in Central America: Development or Myth”.
    For a limited time, members of Amnesty International Canada (action circles and local groups) can host this powerful photo exhibition in their own community. If you are interested, your role would be to find an exhibition space and promote your event. Amnesty will supply you with the photos and other accompanying materials.
    Several Amnesty International Canada groups have already hosted the exhibit this year. For more information about this amazing opportunity, please contact
    To view the photos online, click here.
    All photos are copyright James Rodriguez


    Resources Online photo exhibit/slide show

    Powerufl slideshow showing the impact on people and communities who have been affected by mining in Guatemala.

    View online >

    downloadable powerpoint (?? Mb)


    Mailiable postcard action "Protect Human Rights in Guatemala now"

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    Campaign posters (people can order)

    XXX (dimensions) posters

    Posters can be ordered by contacting:


    Throughout Mining Justice Month, from May 18-31, please join Amnesty in welcoming Sister Maudilia López Cardona who will speak to audiences in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick about the legacy of Goldcorp’s Marlin mine in western Guatemala.  She will be joined in Ottawa by community leader Aniseto López Díaz for a public event. The two human rights defenders will speak about building hope and resilience after more than a decade of resisting a major Canadian gold mine. Indigenous peoples living near the mine are bracing themselves for a new wave of economic, environmental, labour and social impacts now that the mine is closing. Maudilia and Aniseto will discuss ways in which Canadians and Amnesty members can support them.

    Join us for public events in:

    >> Toronto, May 22nd 

    >> Sackville, May 24th 

    The Story of the Photo Exhibit

    Amnesty International Canada proudly presents Canadian Extractives as Development: Myth or Reality?, a new photo exhibit by documentary photographer James Rodriguez that engages viewers to consider essential questions about Canada’s self-proclaimed role of responsible global leader in mining development.

    Canadian embassies and trade commissions have aggressively promoted the mining industry’s agenda on foreign soil, while large-scale public media campaigns, both at home and abroad, promote corporate social responsibility practices. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s support for the mining industry has gone as far as outspokenly accusing those opposed to mining as being “in favour of keeping people poor” in developing countries.


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