The Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance (CASA) & Latin American & Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN) are inviting you to a workshop exploring the mining boom in Colombia and the responsibility of the Canadian mining industry, and how it exacerbates the violence and social conflict in Colombia.
Jennifer Moore, Mining Watch Canada-Ottawa
Asad Ismi, International Affairs correspondent for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor
The mining industry in Colombia is projected to become one of the main sources for economic growth and foreign investment for the country. Canadian based mining corporations are leading investors in the region and have already invested “hundreds” of millions of dollars in exploration and exploitation mega projects.
As in many other parts of the world, Canadian corporations are already engaged in patterns of displacement and conflict with local communities. The intense chemicals required in the extraction process is also contaminating the soil, rivers and air; thus endangering the subsistence, health and life of its inhabitants and wildlife in these regions. The extraordinary violence already released against different sectors of the population who defend environmental rights, foretells that the struggle for the defence of the environment will be another long and painful chapter in the history of the Colombian peoples.
Canadian mining companies in Colombia: Gran Colombia Gold, Greystar Resources, B2Gold, Cosigo Resources, Midasco Capital, AUX Canada, Galway Resources, Sunward Resources, Continental Gold, Seafield Resources, Batero Gold, Bellhaven Copper and Gold, Miranda Gold, AuRo Resources, Arcturus Ventures, Antioquia Gold, Alder Resources, Bandera Gold, Caerus Resource, Colombian Mines Corporation, Waymar Resources, CB Gold, Colombia Gold Crest, CuOro Resources, Solvista Gold and Mercer Gold.
Canadian corporations currently active in exploration, production and transport in Colombia’s oil sector: Talisman Energy, Pacific Rubiales, Petrobank Energy, Gran Tierra, Nexen, Canacol Energy, Petroamerica, Alange, Solana, C &C Energy, Loon Energy, Suroco Energy, Bolivar Energy, Petrovista Energy and Parex Resources.
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