Chief Arlen Dumas of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation speaks outside the Hudbay shareholders meeting this morning. Photo by Clayton Thomas-Muller.
Council of Canadians organizing assistant Ailish Morgan-Welden is at a protest this morning outside the mining company Hudbay’s annual shareholders meeting in Toronto. The protest is to highlight violence against Mayan Q’eqchi’ communities in Guatemala, in solidarity with the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Manitoba, and to stand up against corporate impunity.
In June 2012, the New York Times reported Hudbay Minerals is leading an expected $225 million project to mine precious and heavy metals, including gold, silver, zinc and copper in Michigan which poses concerns for the protection of Lake Superior. In November 2012, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow wrote, “Last evening, I had the privilege of speaking at the public event at OISE in Toronto along with the beautiful and brave women and men from Guatemala in Canada to seek justice against abuse they suffered as a result of the Canadian mining company, Hudbay.” And in March 2013, the Canadian Press reported that HudBay Minerals is developing a gold, zinc and copper mine near Lalor Lake on the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation. Chief Arlen Dumas says the band opposes the mine, never surrendered its rights to the land and resources, and that the provincial government failed in its duty to obtain the free, informed and prior consent.
Morgan-Welden also recently participated in the protest at the Goldcorp shareholders meeting in Toronto.
More to come.
For more, please read:
NEWS: HudBay sues Mathias Colomb Cree First Nation over protests at Lalor Mine in Manitoba
Council of Canadians committed to support challenge against Hudbay mining company
NEWS: Mining boom in Michigan raises concerns about impact on Lake Superior