Category Archives: Mining

Shuar tribe face government in Amazon mining protests

shuarresisteEcuador’s Shuar say mining project in Cordillera del Condor threatens their livelihood and encroaches upon their land.

By Bryan van Hulst Miranda, Al Jazeera, December 29, 2016

Morona-Santiago, Ecuador The death of a police officer during a standoff between military and indigenous Shuar people in a takeover attempt of a mining camp in Ecuador’s southern Amazon on December 14, catalysed a government mobilisation of armed forces in the region.

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Video of arrests at Imperial Metals occupation in Vancouver

Imperial Metals office in Vancouver occupied

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In this photo, land defenders occupy the offices of Imperial Metal in Vancouver, Canada.  The president of Imperial Metals, Bryan Kynoch, stands behind them.



Two years after the Mount Polley disaster, Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society and Ancestral Pride had an action today to show Imperial Metals that we will escalate resistance until they cease and desist all mining operation in our Indigenous territories. Imperial Metals ordered thirty police offers to violently assault Indigenous women and supporters, with four arrests and many bruised bodies. But our spirits are high and we know the world is watching, we have support from around the world. We are holding their responsible for the violence against Indigenous lands and Indigenous women. We sent a message to investors and shareholders, including President Brian Kynoch who was in the office, that they are violating our Indigenous Rights and Title and violating our free, prior and informed consent. Read the rest of this entry


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Blockade of the Mount Polley mine site near Likely, BC, on the 2 year anniversary of tailings pond rupture, August 4, 2016.  Photo: Yuct Ne Senxiymetkew Camp.



Kukstemc Kleco Ociem. We thank everyone who came out to the Second Anniversary of Mount Polley Mining Disaster on August 4, 2016. We had many diverse groups such as Ancestral Pride, Downtown Eastside Power of Women, Native Youth Movement, No One Is Illegal, Rising Tide, Unist’ot’en Solidarity Bridge, Alliance Against Displacement, and Council of Canadians in attendance and sharing knowledge and experiences. The event was a great success with over one hundred people traveling all across Turtle Island to attend — even a bus from Vancouver. Read the rest of this entry

Mt Polley Blockade Ends – For Now

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Graphic via Tori Cress, Instagram

By Greg Fry, 250 News, August 5, 2016

Likely, B.C. – Things are back too normal at the Mt Polley mine in Likely.

This following a blockade by the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society yesterday.

“There were a few activists that gathered at the entrance to the access road to the mine yesterday,” said Imperial Metals spokesperson Steve Robertson.

“Their numbers grew throughout the day. There wasn’t much in the way of blockade activity until late in the afternoon when they were not allowing vehicles to go in and were slowing down vehicles that were going out. But that lasted for a short period of time and the activists were all gone by early evening.”

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Video of Mount Polley blockade

Blockade of Imperial Metals 2 year anniversary; land defender injured by vehicle

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Sacheen from Ancestral Pride, on right, was injured by a vehicle driven by Imperial Metals employee during the blockade at the Mount Polley Resistance Gathering, August 4, 2016. Photo: Ancestral Pride.

Ancestral Pride, August 5, 2016

On the 2 year anniversary of the Mt Polley tailings pond spill that pumped millions of gallons of toxic tailings into Hazeltine creek a gathering of indigenous land defenders allies and supporters including the Power of Women Down Town East Side group joined the Sepwepemc Womens Warriors Society to bring awareness to the issue. There were work shops, feasting, and training, as well as ceremony and information sharing. Imperial Metals was issued a discharge permit recently and have done nothing in the way to rectify this situation and two years later there is still tailings infecting everything it comes into contact with. Read the rest of this entry

Blockade at Mount Polley mine on 2 year anniversary of catastrophic spill

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Participants in the Resistance Gathering at Mount Polley, BC, (Secwepemc territory) on August 4, 2016, block the road leading to the mine site.

From Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, August 4, 2016

Secwepemc land defenders and allies have set up a road blockade at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine on the two year anniversary of the devastating tailings pond spill. Kanahus Freedom (Manuel), a member of the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society says that the community is exercising its sovereignty and taking direct action, as the government of British Columbia recently issued a new operating permit to the mine. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations members will protest re-opening of Mount Polley mine

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Some of the devastation caused by Mount Polley tailings pond rupture.

Emily Lazatin, CKNW, August 2, 2016

Just a couple days away from the two-year anniversary of the Mount Polley tailings pond disaster, a First Nations group says it plans to protest against the mine re-opening.

Kanahus Manuel with the Secwepmc Women’s Warrior Society says it’s too early for the government to give Imperial Metals the green light.

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Video: Resistance Gathering at Mount Polley

Resistance Gathering

Our Secwepemc friends are calling on accomplices to gather in their territory and stop the re-opening of the Mount Polley mine. Deets here ->