In February, UVic’s School of Business accepted $500,000 from Goldcorp. Goldcorp is alleged to be a serious abuser of human and indigenous rights. Find out more at this panel and film screening, and help form a student/faculty/staff/community coalition to change UVic donation/investment practices.
Film: "The Business of Gold" in Guatemala (50 minutes) documents the resistance of the Mayan-Mam people of San Miguel Ixtahuacan against Canadian mining company Goldcorp Inc.
Wednesday, August 1 is a 'Continental Day of Action Against Canadian Mega Resource Extraction.' In Vancouver, a protest action will take place in front of Goldcorp's corporate headquarters, starting at 4:30p.m. at 666 Burrard Street. Goldcorp's record in Central America and Mexico was recently put before a People's Tribunal in Guatemala. Here, two of the judges explain why Goldcorp was found guilty.
“The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being…” – World Health Organization
Oaxaca, Mexico - For over two decades in many parts of Mexico, large corporations -- mostly foreign owned but usually with wealthy Mexican partners -- have developed huge projects in rural areas. Called mega-projects, the mines and resource extraction efforts take advantage of economic reforms and trade treaties like the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Peoples' International Health Tribunal came to a close Sunday shortly after the reading of the judges' final deliberation. The panel summarized the facts of the case against Goldcorp that they had heard in the previous day of testimonies regarding health issues, heightened birth defects, the contamination of the environment and lack of consent, as well as the psychological impacts of community division and the criminalization of dissent and the collective health of the community regarding issues such as addiction, an increase in sexually transmitted diseases and gender violence.