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LA CONVENCIÓN MINERA DE PDAC PIDE AL PUBLICO QUE #INTERRUMPALAMINERIA (en Ingles: #DISRUPTMINING): ACTIVISTAS RESPONDEN

100 habitantes de Toronto toman un “Tour Toxico” de la Ciudad que termina en la Convención Minera

Domingo, 5 de Marzo de 2017

Toronto, Canadá: PDAC, la convención minera más grande del mundo, inició hoy su 85 evento anual en Toronto. En respuesta al pedido de la Asociación de Prospectores y Desarrolladores de Canadá (PDAC) de ideas innovadores para #InterrumpirlaMinería (en Ingles #DisruptMining), más de un centenar de personas participaron en un tour de “Toronto Toxico” de la ciudad organizado por la Red de Solidaridad contra la Injusticia Minera (En ingles: Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, MISN). El viaje en autobús termino con una manifestación en el lugar de la convención, donde las declaraciones fueron compartidas por comunidades de todo el mundo, afectadas por las empresas que exhiben dentro de la convención. Decenas de participantes del tour también aprovecharon la oportunidad para asistir a la PDAC, usando camisetas que promueven la importancia del consentimiento de la comunidad acerca de los proyectos mineros canadienses. Muchos/as fueron echados/a rápidamente – o ni siquiera se les permitió ingresar en las instalaciones. Aparentemente, esta no fue la interrupción que buscaba la PDAC.

Kate Klein, quien es miembro del MISN, declara: “Los/las promotores/as de la PDAC dicen que si no estás en esta convención anual, entonces estarías “fuera de vista, fuera de la mente” y nosotros/as les creemos: las comunidades que se oponen a la minería están definitivamente fuera de vista y completamente no representadas. Las narrativas y los hechos representados en la convención PDAC están completamente desconectados de la realidad de la gente en la tierra, lo cual incluye la violencia, la degradación ambiental, y el cero respeto a la soberanía indígena”.

Las controversias y los problemas endémicos a los proyectos mineros fueron destacados por acciones y declaraciones simultaneas, compartidas por gente de Ecuador y Chile, dos de los países patrocinadores de la PDAC. En Ecuador, YASunidos Cuenca, un movimiento social dedicado a preservar la región Yasuni del Ecuador Amazónico, llevo a cabo un paseo en bicicleta, un festival cultural y una protesta que coincidió con el inicio de la PDAC para oponerse al mensaje de su país en la convención. Los/las integrantes de la comunidad dieron una declaración clara a las compañías mineras, sosteniendo carteles que dicen “¡Mineros, ustedes no pasarán!

Jennifer Moore de Alerta Minero Canadá (en Ingles: MiningWatch Canada) también leyó una declaración pública del Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Mineros y las organizaciones que lo integran, que habla de cómo las comunidades soportan el peso de la extracción de minerales, así de cómo se están equipando de información y respondiendo con una resistencia cada vez mayor para defender su bienestar y formas de vida.

Una tercera declaración preparada por la Diaguita Huascoaltinos, una comunidad indígena del Norte de Chile que se resiste a una mina de Barrick Gold, dijo: “Chile es un país que desafortunadamente tiene y sigue promoviendo eventos como la convencion de la PDAC, que se enfocan en la explotación de recursos naturales entre países. Su punto de vista está basado en el egocentrismo y el extractivismo extremo que no deja nada atrás. Esto se muestra como normal y estándar. Los Huascoaltinos luchan por sobrevivir a este pensamiento a corto plazo”. Estas declaraciones dejaron en claro que hay una oposición internacional a esta convención.

Merle Davis, miembro de la MISN, dice: “Cuando la gente piensa en desastres mineros, tal vez se imaginan ríos envenenados o tierras contaminadas en lugares remotos. Sin embargo, estos proyectos mineros, así como su financiamiento, se originan aquí en el centro de Toronto”.

“El Tour Tóxico de Toronto en autobús resaltó las interconexiones entre la industria minera, la academia, el gobierno, y las instituciones financieras y demostró por qué las comunidades afectadas por las minas canadienses en todo el mundo consideran a Toronto como “el vientre de la bestia”, explica Rachel Small, una de las guías turísticas.

Toronto es el centro del 75% de las compañías mineras del mundo, y gran parte del capital minero del mundo aumenta en la Bolsa de Valores de Toronto. Un estudio encargado y luego filtrado por la Asociación de Prospectores y Desarrolladores de Canadá muestra que las compañías mineras canadienses son las peores infractores cuando se trata de los abusos de los derechos humanos y degradación ambiental. Un artículo en la Revista NOW de esta semana sostiene que los Prospectores y Desarrolladores de Canadá, que se anuncian como innovadores y responsables, ignoran por completo la violenta realidad de la minería canadiense.

El año pasado, miembros de la Red de Solidaridad contra la Injusticia Minera (en Ingles: Mining Injustice Solidarity Network) entraron en la conferencia para celebrar una vigilia por los asesinatos en asociación con proyectos mineros canadienses. Luego de leer decenas de nombres, fueron rápidamente echados por la policía y la seguridad. La seguridad de este año eliminó rápidamente a las personas que expresaron sus críticas a las violaciones de los derechos humanos cometidas por las compañías mineras presentes en la convención.

Caren Weisbart, otra guía del Tour Tóxico de Toronto, dice: “Está claro que cuando la PDAC y sus patrocinadores hicieron un llamado a aquellos/las que “perturban” no estaban buscando ninguna perturbación real a las narrativas engañosas que perpetúan”.

Miren nuestro informe aquí sobre otras intervenciones que por parte de la MISN, llevadas a cabo en la PDAC este año.

Aquí se encuentra disponible un video sobre la manifestación en la PDAC.

Video abajo realizado por Michael Toledano sobre un pequeño grupo de activistas indígenas y aliados/as que revelaron una pancarta en el puesto de Denison Mines luego del Tour Toxico Toronto. Denison mines es una empresa urania con una responsabilidad compartida por la devastación de la cuenca del Río Serpiente (en Ingles: Serpent River) (teritorio Anishinaabe / Ojibway, al norte de Ontario).

 

Indigenous Activists Disrupt PDAC2017

On the first day of PDAC’s 2017 gathering, March 5, a small group of Indigenous activists and allies unveiled a banner at the booth of Denison Mines, a uranium company with a shared responsibility for the devastation of the Serpent River watershed (Anishinaabe / Ojibway territory, northern Ontario). Few in Toronto know about PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada), the world's largest mining conference. The conference, held annually in downtown Toronto where many international miners are based, perennially paints the industry as ethical, environmentally responsible, and profitable. But mining corporations are known worldwide for human rights abuses and environmental disasters.While Denison’s mining operation has now ceased, it has left behind than 60 million tonnes of radioactive tailings waste that must be monitored and isolated from the environment in perpetuity. For raising their concerns, including a lack of consent for mining on their territories, and for displaying cloth banners, the activists were escorted out of the conference by private security and Toronto police.Learn more about:Denison mines – http://miningwatch.ca/blog/2005/9/13/elliot-lake-uranium-minesToronto as an international mining capital – https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/mar/03/toronto-hidden-history-how-city-built-miningMining Injustice Solidarity Network – https://mininginjustice.org/ and on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mininginjustice.solidarity/#PDAC2017 #DISRUPTMININGVideo by Michael Toledano. No commercial use without consent.

Posted by The Media Co-op on Monday, March 6, 2017

Imágenes del Tour Tóxico por Allan Lissner:

Report-back: Disrupting PDAC 2017!

This year, we intervened in PDAC, the world’s largest mining convention in a number of ways!

Press Release – PDAC Mining Convention Asks Public to #DisruptMining: Activists Respond

100 Torontonians go on ‘Toxic Tour’ of the City Ending at Mining Convention

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Toronto, Canada: PDAC, the largest mining convention in the world, kicked off its 85th annual event in Toronto today. In response to the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) call for innovative ideas to #DisruptMining, over a hundred people participated in a ‘Toxic Toronto’ tour of the city organized by the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network. The bus tour ended with a rally at the convention site, where statements were shared from communities around the world impacted by the companies exhibiting inside the convention. Dozens of tour participants also took the opportunity to attend PDAC wearing shirts promoting the importance of community consent near Canadian mining projects. Many were quickly ejected – or not even allowed to enter the premises. Apparently, this was not the disruption PDAC was looking for.

MISN member Kate Klein states, “PDAC promoters say that if you’re not at this annual convention, it’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’, and we believe them: communities opposing mining are definitely out of sight and entirely unrepresented. The narratives and facts represented at the PDAC convention are completely disconnected from the realities of people on the ground, which includes violence, environmental degradation, and zero respect for Indigenous sovereignty”.

The controversies and issues endemic at mining projects were highlighted by simultaneous actions and statements shared from people in Ecuador and Chile, two of the country sponsors of PDAC. In Ecuador, YASunidos Cuenca, a social movement dedicated to preserving the Yasuní region of Amazonian Ecuador, held a bike ride, cultural festival, and protest coinciding with the start of PDAC to oppose their country’s messaging at the convention. Community members delivered a clear statement to mining companies, holding up signs spelling out “Miners, you shall not pass!”

Jennifer Moore from MiningWatch Canada also read out a public declaration from the Latin American Observatory of Mining Conflicts and member organizations, which speaks to how communities bear the brunt of mineral extraction, as well as how they are equipping themselves with information and responding with ever greater resistance to defend their well-being and ways of life.

A third statement prepared by the Diaguita Huascoaltinos, an Indigenous community in Northern Chile that is resisting a Barrick Gold mine said “Chile is a country that unfortunately has and continues to promote events like the PDAC convention, which are focused on exploiting natural resources across nations. Their point of view is based on egocentrism and extreme extractivism that leaves nothing behind. This is presented as normal, and standard. The Huascoaltinos people struggle to survive this short-term thinking.”  These statements made it clear that there is international opposition to this convention.

MISN member Merle Davis says: “When people think of mining disasters they may imagine poisoned rivers or contaminated lands in remote locations. However, these mining projects, as well as their funding, originate right here in downtown Toronto.”

“The Toxic Toronto bus tour highlighted the interconnections between the mining industry, the academy, government, and financial institutions and demonstrated why communities impacted by Canadian mines around the world consider Toronto ‘the belly of the beast'”, explains Rachel Small, one of the tour guides.

Toronto is home to 75% of the world’s mining companies, and much of the world’s mining capital is raised on the Toronto Stock Exchange. A study commissioned by and then leaked from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada shows that Canadian mining companies are the worst offenders when it comes to human rights abuses and environmental degradation. An article in this week’s NOW Magazine argues that the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada annual conference, which advertises itself as innovative and responsible, completely ignores the violent reality of Canadian mining.

Last year, members of the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network entered the conference to hold a vigil for those murdered in association with Canadian mining projects. After reading dozens of names, they were quickly ejected by police and security. This year’s security swiftly removed people who expressed criticisms of the human rights violations committed by mining companies present at the convention.

Caren Weisbart, another Toxic Toronto tour guide, says, “It is clear that when PDAC and its sponsors put out the call for ‘disrupters’ they were not looking for any real disruption to the misleading narratives that they perpetuate.”

Check out our report-back here on other interventions MISN carried out at PDAC this year.
A video of the rally at PDAC is available here.
A video of the bus tour is available here.

Video below by Michael Toledano of a small group of Indigenous activists and allies who unveiled a banner at the booth of Denison Mines after the Toxic Toronto Tour. Denison mines is a uranium company with a shared responsibility for the devastation of the Serpent River watershed (Anishinaabe / Ojibway territory, northern Ontario).

Indigenous Activists Disrupt PDAC2017

On the first day of PDAC’s 2017 gathering, March 5, a small group of Indigenous activists and allies unveiled a banner at the booth of Denison Mines, a uranium company with a shared responsibility for the devastation of the Serpent River watershed (Anishinaabe / Ojibway territory, northern Ontario). Few in Toronto know about PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada), the world's largest mining conference. The conference, held annually in downtown Toronto where many international miners are based, perennially paints the industry as ethical, environmentally responsible, and profitable. But mining corporations are known worldwide for human rights abuses and environmental disasters.While Denison’s mining operation has now ceased, it has left behind than 60 million tonnes of radioactive tailings waste that must be monitored and isolated from the environment in perpetuity. For raising their concerns, including a lack of consent for mining on their territories, and for displaying cloth banners, the activists were escorted out of the conference by private security and Toronto police.Learn more about:Denison mines – http://miningwatch.ca/blog/2005/9/13/elliot-lake-uranium-minesToronto as an international mining capital – https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/mar/03/toronto-hidden-history-how-city-built-miningMining Injustice Solidarity Network – https://mininginjustice.org/ and on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mininginjustice.solidarity/#PDAC2017 #DISRUPTMININGVideo by Michael Toledano. No commercial use without consent.

Posted by The Media Co-op on Monday, March 6, 2017

Images from the Toxic Toronto Tour by Allan Lissner:

#DisruptPDAC

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), organizes the world’s largest mining convention every year in Toronto in March and carries out lobbying efforts in favour of the Canadian mining industry throughout the rest of the year. They describe themself as “the leading voice of the mineral exploration and development community” and claim to encourage “best practices in technical, operational, environmental, safety and social performance”. Meanwhile, Canadian mining companies are far and away the worst offenders in environmental, human rights and other abuses around the world (according to a global study commissioned by PDAC itself but never made public).

The PDAC convention is dedicated to telling compelling stories about the mining industry’s successes and innovations, especially in the realm of “corporate social responsibility” and sustainability. But we know better! Let’s not let them get away with using this convention as yet another shiny PR opportunity to cover up industry harms and repress dissent.

What have we been doing to #DisruptPDAC this year?

Check out our article in NOW about the role that PDAC plays in supporting the harms of the mining industry here: “Canadian mining convention ignores harsh reality of deadly industry”

On Sunday, March 5th, over 100 people will be getting on the bus for Toxic Toronto: a bus tour through the belly of the beast with a rally culminating at the PDAC convention to untangle the secret webs of power and money that connect our city to some of the most harmful and toxic mining and extractive projects around the world. Facebook event here.

On February 24th we organized a panel called Belly of the Beast: A Biopsy of TO’s Mining & Financial Sectors exploring Toronto’s financial district and the reach of its tentacles throughout the global mining industry.

Check out our footage from the event:

 

This isn’t our first PDAC protest. Check out past years’ actions!

2016:

Canadian Mining Kills: a video from our sneaky inside action last year

“Canadian Mining is Murder”: Article in NOW about last year’s action

2015:

“PDAC Spoofed!: It’s funny because it’s absurd; it’s sad because it’s true”: Article about the time we snuck spoofed materials into the PDAC convention

“Welcome to PDAC! The world’s biggest corporate colonial supervillain convention”: More photos from our 2015 action

Toxic Toronto: a bus tour through the belly of the beast

When: Sunday, March 5th, 12-3pm
Where: We will meet up at OISE (252 Bloor St W., at St. George Station) and the tour will end at the Toronto Convention Centre (222 Bremner Blvd)

CLICK HERE to register to reserve a spot on the bus!

PDAC, the largest gathering in the world for the global mineral industry, begins on March 5. Every year, over 25,000 people descend on the city of Toronto for this 85-year-old trade show and convention. Some have called PDAC the “Superbowl” or the “Oscars” of the extraction industry. But why does it happen here? What is it about Toronto that makes this city PDAC’s perfect home? It’s certainly no accident.

Join us on a bus tour through the “belly of the beast” to untangle the secret webs of power and money that connect our city to some of the most harmful and toxic mining and extractive projects around the world.

 

WE’LL EXPLORE:

  • What exactly is going on in those shiny skyscrapers on Bay Street
  • The Toronto Stock Exchange – what happens there and why it is the best place on earth to raise capital for extractive projects
  • The headquarters of some of the world’s biggest corporate villains
  • The sites of inspiring direct actions and other forms of resistance – where and how Torontonians are fighting back!
  • The connections that exist between big money and investment here in Toronto and controversial industrial projects all over the world

The tour will end with a rally outside the PDAC convention.

TIMING:

12pm – The buses will leave from OISE
12-1:30pm – Bus tour (the tour will be approximately an hour long, no walking will be required)
After the tour – Rally at PDAC (at the Toronto convention centre) featuring Rhythms of Resistance!

ACCESSIBILITY:

To help ensure that this tour is as accessible and enjoyable for as many people as possible we are planning to provide ASL interpretation, child-friendly activities, an accessible vehicle, and TTC tokens (to cover the cost of transport to/from the tour). Please register ASAP to reserve a spot on the bus and to let us know if you will need to access any of these services.

THANK YOU:

We take major inspiration for this tour from our friends and allies at ASAP who have been running Toxic Tours of Canada’s Chemical Valley in Aamjiwnaang for years, as well as from the Mining Justice Alliance in Vancouver.
A big thank you to Inter Pares, MiningWatch Canada, Rights Action, & CUPE 3903 Flying Squad for sponsoring this tour!

PLEASE REGISTER TO RESERVE A SPOT ON THE BUS!