Community Resistance to Gold Mining in El Salvador
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
London Public Library, Landon Branch
167 Wortley Road
Professor Amanda Grzyb
Part of the third annual FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series. Everyone is welcome.
Communities in Central America are using new forms of organizing to resist the incursion of mega-extractive projects in their territories and protect valuable water resources. Focusing on resistance to gold mining in El Salvador as an example, this talk asks what Canadians need to know about the role of Canadian extractive industries abroad. We will discuss the perils of trade agreements that favour multinational corporations over local social, economic, and environmental needs; the assassination of Salvadoran environmental leaders; the OceanaGold lawsuit against the country of El Salvador for failing to approve their mining permit; and innovative strategies — such as local mining referenda — now utilized by Salvadoran communities to resist mining.
Faculty of Information & Media Studies