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Goldcorp's open pit mining in Guatemala and Honduras vs. Local Communities


6:00pm
Tuesday April 28 2009

Venue: Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre
Address: 2158 Gottingen St
Cost: Free

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On the road to Goldcorp Inc’s shareholder AGM,
May 22nd, Vancouver BC …

Rights Action’s Educational Speaking Tour …

GOLDCORP Inc’s Open-Pit, Cyanide Mining In Honduras and Guatemala
-- Versus --
Community Development, Environment & Human Rights Well-being of Indigenous and Local Populations

WHEN: April 26 – May 19
WHERE: Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TOUR: Francois Guindon, c: 819-329-0223; francois.guindon@gmail.com

*** EDUCATION AND ACTIVISM, at Goldcorp’s AGM, Vancouver, May 20-23: Emilie Smith, emilietsmith@hotmail.com ***

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MARITIMES (NB, PEI, NS)
Sunday, April 26, 6:30-8:30pm, Bridge Street café, 8 Bridge St., Sackville, NB
Monday, April 27, 7:00-9:00pm, University of PEI, Lecture Theatre B, Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), 550 University Ave., Charlottetown, PEI
Tuesday, April 28, 6:00-8:00pm, Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre, 2158 Gottingen St., Halifax, NS
Wednesday, April 29, TBA
Thursday, April 30, 8:30am, Prince Andrew High School, 31 Woodlawn Rd., Dartmouth, NS

QUEBEC (MONTREAL, GATINEAU & OTTAWA)
2 Mai, 19h00, L’Alizée, 900 Ontario Est, Montréal, 514-807-8895 Clôture de la Caravane solidaire du CDHAL http://cdhal.org
4 Mai, 19h00, 2149 Mackey Street (métro Guy-Concordia), Montréal Canada versus Latin Americain democracy: from Salvador Allende to Hugo Chavez Book launch: The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy by Yves Engler
5 Mai, Université d'Ottawa OPIRG-GRIPO 613-230-3076, IPSMO
6 Mai, 19h00 Dépanneur Sylvestre, 9 Fortier secteur Hull, Gatineau (819) 771-3723, avec Développement et Paix. Souper communautaire à 17h30
7 Mai, 19h00 UQÀM, en collaboration avec le YMCA, le PAQG, et Alter-UQÀM
8 Mai, Royal West Academy High School, Montréal
9 Mai, L'Entraide missionnaire Conférence d'ONG d'Amérique Latine

ONTARIO (HAMILTON, LONDON, GUELPH, TORONTO)
May 12, The Sky Dragon Centre, 27 King William St., downtown Hamilton
May 13, Central Catholic High School, Catholic teachers and CAW union members, Community Pot Luck Dinner and Talk at the Cross Cultural Learner Centre, 505 Dundas St., London, ON
May 14, Central Student Association, Guelph University
May 15, United Church of Canada, Toronto

QUEBEC
18 Mai, SLAM

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TOUR: Francois Guindon, c: 819-329-0223; francois.guindon@gmail.com

*** EDUCATION AND ACTIVISM, at Goldcorp’s AGM, Vancouver, May 20-23: Emilie Smith, emilietsmith@hotmail.com ***

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WHO: Carlos Amador, a community leader and member of the Siria Valley Environmental Defense Committee (Honduras), and Francois Guindon, a Quebecois activist living in Guatemala and working for Rights Action on issues related to mining affected communities in Guatemala and Honduras

A "CANADIAN" ISSUE

On May 22, 2009, Goldcorp Inc. will hold its annual shareholder’s meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
Rights Action is organizing this Tour to bring more critical attention, in Canada, to health and environment harms and human rights violations that Goldcorp’s mines are contributing to in Honduras and Guatemala.
Since 2000, in Honduras, and since 2005, in Guatemala, Goldcorp Inc. has been making huge profits for its shareholders, directors and investors (including the Canada Pension Plan and numerous pension funds across the country), from its open pit, cyanide-leaching mining operations in Guatemala and Honduras, at the expense of a growing list of human and indigenous rights violations and environmental and health harms against local and Indigenous populations in Guatemala and Honduras.

GUATEMALA & HONDURAS: THE GLOBAL INVESTOR'S OASIS

Since the mid-1990s, during Central America’s so-called “transition to democracy”, indigenous and campesino communities in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua have been suffering an aggressive phase of what some call neo-colonialist mining expansion.

"DEVELOPMENT" FOR WHOM?

Mining projects offer a clear example of the “development” model promoted by the U.S. and Canadian governments, global companies and investors, and the International Financial Institutions. North American governments and the World Bank, which invested directly in Goldcorp Inc’s “Marlin” mine in Guatemala, pressured for “modernization” of mining legislation in countries across Latin America, including Honduras and Guatemala; 'modernization' that simply means favouring multinational mining companies at the expense of the development and human rights needs of local communities.

GOLDCORP Inc. in HONDURAS & GUATEMALA

Specific examples are the "Marlin” mine in Guatemala and the "San Martin” mine in Honduras, both owned by the Canadian/U.S. company Goldcorp Inc.

At www.rightsaction.org, you will find:
“A Backwards, Upside-Down Kind of Development: Global Actors, Mining and Community-Based Resistance in Honduras and Guatemala”, by Sandra Cuffe: (http://www.rightsaction.org/Reports/Cuffe%20mining%20report%202005-03.htm);
“Investing in Conflict: Goldcorp in the Americas”, by Dawn Paley: (http://www.rightsaction.org/Reports/research.pdf);
a photo-essay about mine-related health harms in Guatemala: http://www.rightsaction.org/articles/San_Miguel_022009.htm;
“All That Glitters Isn’t Gold”, an hour long film by Steven Schnoor about Goldcorp’s mine in Honduras: http://www.rightsaction.org/video/gold/;
And more.

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOUR: Francois Guindon, c: 819-329-0223; francois.guindon@gmail.com

*** EDUCATION AND ACTIVISM, at Goldcorp’s AGM, Vancouver, May 20-23: Emilie Smith, emilietsmith@hotmail.com ***

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Organizer:Francois Guindon: 819-329-0223, francois.guindon@gmail.com

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