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UPDATE: Meet these people at ‘Shout Out Against Mining Injustice’, June 1-2 in Vancouver

‘Shout Out Against Mining Injustice’ has an exceptional line-up of speakers that will gather in Vancouver this coming Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2. The conference will inform us about the damage done and threats posed by Canadian-owned mining companies to the human right to water in Canada and throughout the Americas and what we can do to work in solidarity with impacted communities and build a movement to defend water justice. Be sure to be a part of this gathering by registering in advance to attend the event at http://canadians.org/water/issues/mining/shoutout/index.html.

Friday June 1
Public Forum

Rueben George, Sundance Chief, Member, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Rodolfo Arteaga, member, Comité Regional Ambientalista, Valle de Siria, Honduras
Chief Marilyn Baptiste, Chief, Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, Tsilhqot’in National Government
Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
Leovigildo Vázquez Sánchez, member, Coordinadora de Pueblos Unidos del Valle de Ocotlan(CPUVO), México
Mark Berube, Singer/Songwriter, Montreal, Quebec

Sundance chief Rueben George Maude Barlow Rodolfo Arteaga Chief Marilyn Baptiste Mark Berube

Saturday June 2
Opening Plenary
Water Justice, Not Mining Injustice!

Mining is a water-intensive and water-polluting industry. This has tremendous impacts on human health and on the sustainability of our ecosystems. This panel will discuss the links between mining and water injustice.

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
Gustavo Castro, Coordinator, Mexican Network of People Affected by Mining (REMA), México
Anne Marie Sam, Advisor, Negotiator, Nak’azdli First Nation
Ken Neumann, National Director for Canada, United Steelworkers Union
Claudia Campero, Water Campaigner, Blue Planet Project, Council of Canadians, México

Anne Marie Sam Maude Barlow Gustavo Castro Ken Neumann Claudia Campero

Lunch Plenary
Bringing Canadian Mining Companies to Justice: Obstacles and opportunities

In order to support an ever-expanding mining industry, the Canadian government is dismantling environmental safeguards in Canada while undermining local democracy abroad through the aggressive pursuit of trade deals that entrench corporate rights. This panel will examine these realities, and explore the tools at our disposal to hold these companies and the Canadian government accountable.

John Cavanagh, IPS Director, Institute for Policy Studies
Vidalina Morales de Gámez, member, The National Roundtable against Metallic Mining in El Salvador (La Mesa)
Peter Julian, Member of Parliament, Burnaby-New Westminster
Karyn Keenan, Program Officer, Halifax Initiative
Steven Shrybman, Lawyer, Sack, Goldblatt, Mitchell LLP

Cavanagh Morales de Gámez Julian Keenan Shrybman

Closing Plenary
Next Steps: Tools and strategies for community resistance and solidarity

In the face of tremendous adversity, communities in Canada and around the world have successfully resisted powerful mining companies. This panel will examine the tools and strategies communities have used, and suggest ways we can all get involved and support the active resistance against mining injustice.

Sergio Campusano Villches, President, Comunidad Agrícola Diaguita Los Huascoaltinos, Chile
Tria Donaldson, Pacific Coast Campaigner, Wilderness Committee
Jose Guadalupe Gomez, member, Consejo de los Pueblos del Occidente (CPO), Guatemala
Darryl Sainnawap, Deputy Chief, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug
Silvia Quilumbango, President, DECOIN, Ecuador
Jamie Kneen, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, MiningWatch

Donaldson Sainnawap



Join us!! More information at http://canadians.org/water/issues/mining/shoutout/index.html.