Madagascar has thrown its doors open to foreign mining interests and Canadian mining companies have stepped right in, to ill effect.
Gwen Schulman talks to Jamie Kneed of Canadian Mining Watch on growing tension between farmers in Vohitsara, in Eastern Madagascar, and Canadian company DNI Metals exploring graphite ore deposits in the country.
Gwen Shulman speaks to Catherine Coumans from Mining Watch Canada about recent violations involving Barrick Gold’s Tanzanian subsidiary Acacia mining. Since 2011 there have been reports of abuses around the mine. Catherine Coumans returns from a recent visit there.
The relationship between the mining company African Barrick Gold and the communities of North Mara, Tanzania is a story of intimidation, sexual abuse, death and poverty. Amandla’s Gwen Schulman talks to filmmaker Tamara Herman on the history of the conflict and recent developments that point to new strategies to seek justice and change.
Mining Watch Canada’s Jamie Kneen talks to Gwen Schulman about the recent disclosure of a secretive mechanism African Barrick Gold has put in place to manage grievances at its North Mara gold mine in Tanzania.
CIDA teams up with NGOs to do development work at mine sites
MONTREAL—As excavators, heavy haulers and chemical treatment plants dig made-in-Canada mines around the world, Ottawa has taken new steps to ease growing criticism of Canada’s extractive sector.
The Harper government recently announced a publicly funded agreement between three of Canada’s mining giants and three of Canada’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The agreement, which marks a significant shift in how mining and politics mix, elicited little more than a yawn from the media. But a closer look reveals this partnership is transforming Canada’s aid landscape—with disturbing implications.
“The Canadian government is using aid to support the expansion of Canadian mining…[and] to determine development paths inside countries according to the logic of mining companies,” Yao Graham of Third World Network Africa, a research and advocacy organization based in Ghana, told The Dominion. Graham has seen many communities in Africa ravaged by the exploitative labour practices and lax environmental practices that often accompany mining megaprojects.