Category Archives: Mining

Video: Confrontation at Imperial Metals AGM

Heavy police presence as protesters urge investors to divest from Vancouver mining company

Protesters removed from Imperial Metals’ annual conference

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A dozen RCMP officers have been called to the scene. (FarrahMerali/CBC)

A dozen RCMP officers called to scene

CBC News, May 25, 2017

One person has been arrested, and three others forcibly removed after entering Imperial Metals’ annual conference at the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel.

At least a dozen RCMP officers were called to the scene after a group of protesters gathered outside the hotel and entered one of the conference rooms.  Read the rest of this entry

First Nation-led environmental review panel rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops, B.C.

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Ajax mine located on outskirts of Kamloops, BC.

Controversial $1.3-billion project has residents divided

By Maryse Zeidler, CBC News, March 4, 2017

The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation has rejected a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine south-west of Kamloops, B.C., after its months-long review of the project.

The decision could be an important upset for KGHM International, a subsidiary of Polish company KGHM Polska Miedźthat, which has been trying to push the controversial $1.3-billion project forward since 2006.  Read the rest of this entry

Oak Flat Campground marks third year in opposition to Resolution Copper mine

oak-flat-6by By Henry Carson, The Daily Wildcat, Feb 21, 2017

The air full of chants and the beating of drums, hundreds marched from San Carlos, Arizona to the Oak Flat Campground this weekend to protest the proposed building of a copper mine on sacred Native American land. Read the rest of this entry

How province pressured 6 First Nations to accept Sisson mine deal

maliseet-sisson-mineMadawaska chief says Maliseet felt threatened with loss of tax deals if they didn’t surrender on mine

By Jacques Poitras, CBC News, Feb 13, 2017

A Maliseet First Nations chief says the New Brunswick government threatened to cancel lucrative tax deals with her band and other Indigenous communities if they didn’t sign an agreement on the Sisson mine. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations and Taseko Mines face off in federal court

tsilhqotin-taseko-mines-court-protestFirst Nations leaders attempting to block Vancouver company from reviving $1.5B project near Williams Lake

CBC News Jan 31, 2017

Several B.C. First Nations leaders are in court this week attempting to block Taseko Mines Ltd. from reviving a 1.5-billion dollar mine project that has twice been refused by the federal government. Read the rest of this entry

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.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM YUCT NE SENXIMETKWE CAMP, August 9, 2016

WE SUCCESSFULLY OCCUPIED IMPERIAL METALS TODAY.

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