Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

Hearing on Latin America – May 29th-June 1st

29 May 2014 - 18:00
The first hearing on Latin America will take place in Montréal from May 29th to June 1st, 2014.


To read the Charges PPT – Session on the Canadian Mining Industry- Latin America -May 2014

Programme of the Latin American Hearing

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Thursday May 29th, 2014: Launch of the Tribunal and opening conference, 18h-21h, Adams Auditorium, McGill University

Welcoming Address on behalf of the Organizing Committee; Presentation of the prosecutors and the charges

Presentation of jury members:
Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians)
Mireille Fanon-Mendès-France (Fondation Frantz Fanon, France)
Nicole Kirouac (Comité de vigilance de Malartic, Québec)
Gérald Larose (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Viviane Michel (Quebec Native Women- FAQ-QNW)
Javier Mujica Petit (Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos Humanos, Peru)
Antoni Pigrau Solé (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain)
Gianni Tognoni (Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, Italia)

- « The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal », Gianni Tognoni, PPT, Italia
- « Les enjeux politiques de la reprimarisation des économies latino-américaines », Nancy Thède, Chaire Nycole-Turmel, UQÀM
- « Le modèle d’expansion minière questionné : impacts, conflits et enjeux », Isabel Orellana, Centre de recherche en éducation et formation relatives à l’environnement et à l’écocitoyenneté, UQÀM
- « El impacto de la minería canadiense en América latina y la responsabilidad de Canadá », Pedro Landa, Centro Hondureño de Promoción para el Desarrollo Comunitario (CEHPRODEC), Honduras


Friday, May 30th, 2014 – 9h-17h: Hearing on rights violations and socio-environmental impacts of the Canadian mining activities in Latin America, Comité d’éducation aux adultes de la Petite-Bourgogne et St-Henri (CEDA), 2515 Delisle (métro Lionel-Groulx), Montréal

- Right to life and to a healthy environment:  Pascua Lama (Chile-Argentina), Valle de Siria (Honduras), impact of large-scale mining on environment, the human right to water

- Right to self-determination: Escobal (Guatemala), Pascua Lama (Chile), indigenous rights and mining

- Right to a full citizenship: women’s rights and mining, criminalization of resistance to mining, La Platosa (Mexico), Escobal (Guatemala), Payback (Mexico)


Saturday, May 31th, 2014 : Hearing on the role of Canada in the global mining industry, 9h-17h, CEDA, 2515 Delisle (métro Lionel-Groulx), Montréal

- Efforts of civil society in Canada and home state responsibility

- Political support and interference in the legislative process of host  countries: the practices of embassies, case of Payback (Mexico); mining code reforms in Colombia and Honduras

-  International aid: Commercialization of Canadian aid and the use of Official Development Assistance to promote trade interests

-  Canada’s economic support for the mining industry: Export Development Canada’s accountability, Canadian public pension funds, Mechanisms of economic support, tax incentives and supervision of the Toronto Stock Exchange

-  Access to justice: Obstacles in access to justice and a brief introduction on access to justice in Canada for affected individuals and communities ; Non-judicial mechanisms in place; Experience with the Office of the CSR Counsellor and National Contact Points for the OECD, the case of Mexico


Saturday, May 31th, 2014 – 20h30: Cultural evening !! at Cabaret du Mile End, 5240 Avenue du Parc. With several guest artists: Juan Sebastian Larobina, Tomas Jensen, Yves Desrosiers, Kinokewin, Darundaï, les Bottes gauches and more ! 10$. Facebook event


Sunday June 1st, 2014, 10am-5pm: Discussion day and verdict

10am-1pm: Discussion groups and workshops with guests from Latin America

10:30am-12h30pm : « Trous de mémoire », Forum-théâtre sur l’extractivisme avec le Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

2:15-4:15pm: Assembly

4:30pm: Jury’s verdict


Discussion groups and workshops (more to come soon):

- Migrations et industrie minière (Centre des travailleurs et travailleuses immigrantes – CTI; Asociación de Guatemaltecos Unidos por Nuestros Derechos -AGUND)

- El proceso de obtención de una audición sobre las compañías mineras canadienses a la CIDH : discussion with Pedro Landa (CEHPRODEC)

- Résistance des femmes face à l’agression des minières, with Lina Solano (Alliance internationale des femmes, Femmes de diverses origines, CDHAL)

- Challenges and opportunities of divestment as a solidarity strategy (Breaking the Silence and the United Church Maritimes Mining the Connections Network – Projet Accompagnement Québec Guatemala – Council of Canadians)

- The Role of International Coalitions in Supporting Communities Affected by Canadian Mining in Guatemala (CAMIGUA, the International Coalition Against Unjust Mining in Guatemala)

- From 12:00 on: banner-making for the mobilization week of Status for All


Please note:

  • Lunch and coffee provided. Please bring your plates, cups and ustensils.
  • Simultaneous translation provided (FR-ESP-EN)
  • Childcare service available on request.


Reclaim justice ! Towards social and environmental justice




Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 23:15