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Canadian war profitors

Canadian companies involved in upcoming Colombian fracking projects

16 December 2019

What can we glean from mainstream media reports about Canadian corporations involved in the oil and gas sector in Colombia?

What can we further discern about the companies that may have some involvement with the fracking pilot projects expected to start soon in that country?

Additionally, what impact might their business activities have on human rights, the environment and the peace process in Colombia?

Rios Vivos in Canada for the Defence of Life

5 December 2019

Rios Vivos, a movement born in 2008 in opposition to the Hidroituango project, is touring Canada to demand an end to international complicity with the hydroelectric company's death practices. Like the current of rivers, which resist horror, peoples support dignity in every corner of the world.

CANACOL: Another Canadian Multinational in Colombia

20 February 2019

Canacol Energy Ltd. is a Canadian gas and exploration company that was founded by CEO Charle Gamba in 2008 and is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company’s head office is located in Alberta, Canada however its extractive projects and operations are carried out in resource-rich Colombia. On their corporate website, Canacol outlines their broad mandate and highlights their commitment to corporate responsibility.1

The company claims to:

Extractive sector: waiting for justice

19 January 2018

Canada is the largest investor in the Colombian extractive sector, an industry which covers forty percent of the country’s territoryi. The growth of this sector has been accompanied by increases in human rights abuses committed by transnational corporations (TNCs) operating in the region.

Trade agreements let Canadian companies make Colombian law

17 October 2017

Two Canadian mining companies are invoking the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, signed in 2008, as a means of extracting US $1 billion from the government of Colombia. The government’s crime: having had the temerity to protect its water resources while not doing enough to repress demonstrators.

Persecuted for Defending their Right to Have Access to Drinking Water: The Case of the Canadian Oil Company Gran Tierra in the localities of Yopal and Aguazul

9 May 2017

Since February 15, 2017, communities in the municipalities of Yopal and Aguazul, in the department of Casanare, peacefully gathered and blocked a road opposite the oil block project El Porton, run by the Canadian oil company Gran Tierra. Since the beginning of the mobilization, social leaders have received threatening calls, have been followed by different vehicles and three have been charged for obstructing the transit way.

Regional Context

Canada’s Gran Colombia Gold files $700 million lawsuit against Colombia over Marmato project

2 May 2017

April 10, 2017

Canadian miner Gran Colombia Gold has filed a US$700 million lawsuit against Colombia under the Colombian-Canadian free trade agreement after the government ordered the company to cease operations at the El Burro site in Marmato until it has further consulted with local residents.

The Marmato project has been plagued by controversy ever since operations began 10 years ago, with heavy resistance from traditional mining communities of the 500 year-old town.

Big Win for Colombian Community Against Canadian Mining Giant

2 May 2017

The Indigenous and Afro-Colombian community of Marmato won a major court victory in their 10-year fight against a massive Canadian gold mine.

In February 2017, Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of the residents of Marmato, a small Indigenous and Afro-Colombian community in the center of the country, in their 10-year fight against a massive open pit mine project by Canadian gold giant Gran Colombia Gold Corporation.

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