The Accountability Gap: Canadian Mining in Mexico (and Beyond) | April 17

The Accountability Gap

Wednesday, April 17

Vancouver Public Library, central branch, lower level, 350 West Georgia Street

Doors open at 6:30 pm for public reception / panel discussion at 7 pm

Join us for a lively discussion on the impact Canadian mining companies are having on communities in Mexico and elsewhere in the world, and what can be done about it.

Featured guest speakers:

Alejandra Ancheita is a well know human rights lawyer in Mexico with extensive experience representing human rights issues before national and international tribunals. She is currently the executive director of the Project of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ProDESC), a human rights organization based in Mexico City. She will describe the challenges Mexican communities and workers face at the hands of Canadian mining companies, and the lack of accountability. The case that ProDESC has been working on – La Sierrita in Durango (Excellon) – shows that by organizing both the community and workers, the result is an effective, powerful force that aligns advocacy and bargaining strategies. Alejandra will explore further avenues for achieving justice for workers and communities affected by destructive corporate practices and projects.

Emily Dwyer, from the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, will present on the international accountability gaps that exist with respect to the overseas operations of Canadian mining companies. She will also present on the solutions that can be implemented in Canada to allow those impacted by the international operations of Canadian mining companies to access justice. Emily will present in English, but can field questions in English, French or Spanish.

Seating is limited, preregistration is recommended:

Admission by donation at the door, no one will be turned away subject to availability.

Presented by Amnesty International Group 17, KAIROS, Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada, ProDESC, and the United Steelworkers. Endorsed by CoDevelopment Canada, Mining Justice Alliance – Vancouver, Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights, and the Committee to Support Social Development in El Salvador. Photos courtesy Joshua Berson.

This event has been approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for BC lawyers.