Barrick Gold’s highly-destructive Pascua Lama mine is scheduled to begin operation in mid-2014.

In July 2007, CBC reported, “Prime Minister Stephen Harper was greeted with ‘Harper go home’ and ‘Canada: What’s HARPERing here?’ signs as he spent his last day in Chile visiting a controversial Canadian mining company. Dozens of protesters waited outside Barrick Gold’s Santiago headquarters for Harper’s visit, which one Chilean environmental activist called ‘inappropriate’. The protesters claim the company’s gold and silver Pascua Lama Project in the Andes Mountains is displacing indigenous people, polluting rivers and damaging three glaciers (that supply water to many communities).”

The opposition to the Pascua Lama mine has grown over the years and remains strong. More on Pascua Lama at

Photo by Ryan Remiorz/ Canadian Press.


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Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is a political activist, writer and the executive director of Peace Brigades International-Canada. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin...