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Information and analysis bulletin on extractivism here and in Colombia

Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia

April 2018

Targeting of activists continues in Colombia


Since the beginning of 2018, it is reported that around 50 social leaders have already been assassinated. During the Easter holy week, at least two social leaders were assassinated. On April 1, as one left his house with his 3-year-old son and 12-year-old nephew, he was accosted by armed men who shot and killed him.

Cromatografia as a tool to fight for food sovereignty

A technique of qualitative analysis of the soils little known and despised of the academic and professional field called Cromatografía, exists since the years 1900. As part of PASC accompaniment, the development of such a laboratory is an opportunity to strengthen knowledge, with the aim of combining and integrating an in-depth methodology into organic farming projects.

El Guayabo community return to their land

On January 12 of this year, both communities embarked on a deliberative process, backed by the National Agrarian Coordination and the Dialogue Commission for Southern Bolívar and Central and Southern Cesar. The result of the meetings was a decision to return to the land from which they were evicted by force on 13 December 2017. Around 11:00 a.m., a hundred or so people reoccupied the land chanting “land, land.”

Devastating Crude Oil Spill in One of Colombia’s Principal Rivers


On March 2, the oil well Lizama 158 in the Lizama stream in the rural area of Barrancabermeja, Colombia ruptured. 16 days later the oil spill continues to wreak havoc on the environment and the communities. The spill of at least 550 barrels of crude oil contaminated three streams and the Sogamoso River, a tributary to Colombia’s largest river the Magdalena.

Nova Scotia: Stop Alton Gas

Mi’kmaq and non-Indigenous allies are actively opposing the completion of the Alton Gas project near Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, and we’re calling for your assistance. Alton Gas proposes to create two salt caverns in the near future in order to store natural gas underground, with the expressed intention to build up to 15 more .


Capsules Des-terres-minées (Mined Lands) Des-terres-minées, is a popular education and documentary project that has served to open spaces of discussion and reflexion on the themes of territory, extractivism and impacts on women. This project, coordinated by the PASC with the participation of the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL), Quebec Native Women (QNW), Quebec Women’s Federation (FFQ), and other groups has met with groups and organizations in various regions of Quebec in spring 2016. 27 video capsules have been produced disseminating the words and created with the individuals living in the regions we visited. 4 of them are already subtitled in English. The video capsules can be found on our Facebook or on the website:


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Battles against Hydro-Quebec, words of a warrior, Shanet Pilot, UashatMak Mani-Utenam

The forest, where is it? Agathe Denis-Dame, Opitciwan


Piedra, it is the rock of resistance, the rock which, placed in the powerfuls’ shoe, bothers. It is the one that, in all its diversity, constitutes our habitat, vital to our existence. It is the rock we throw. And, of course, it is the exploited rock. Extractivism, an economic model based on the exploitation of resources, ravages always increasingly here and elsewhere. It is in “Canada”, on colonized lands, that the majority of mining companies hold their headquarters. As so, the Canadian companies deploy their activities in Colombia in all impunity, and take advantage and participate in the political and social violence that hits this country living in war.
The Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia is a collective which realizes accompaniment with Colombian communities and organizations since 2003, while also creating links here and in Colombia of groups and individuals struggling against the imposition of mega-projects of resource extraction.