Boardwalk spoke with Jennifer Moore, the Latin America Projects Coordinator for Mining Watch Canada, an international organization that does accompaniment, advocacy, and policy work around the social and environmental impacts of mining all over the planet. Moore will be in Sackville, New Brunswick, tonight, to give a talk entitled “Is it in Canada’s National Interest? Mining in Latin America.”

Moore tells us the story of Blackfire Exploration, a Canada based mining company that operated a barite mine in the Mexican State of Chiapas which was recently closed down. She relates the story of the assasination of Mariano Abarca, a community leader who approached the Canadian Embassy with complaints about harassment by armed guards. According to Mining Watch’s investigation, the Embassy refused Abarca protection, and following his death, the Embassy had a key role in assisting Blackfire in suing the state of Chiapas over environmental regulations that resulted in the eventual closure of the mine. Moore says that an activist stance on behalf of mining corporations characterizes the Canadian government’s approach to mining interest abroad.

But is it in the interest of ordinary Canadians? Moore says that she’s concerned over the characterization of international mining operations as “The National Project,” in a way that characterizes human rights and environmental advocates as being anti-Canadian.

Moore’s talk takes place tonight, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 7pm in room 113 of the Dunn Building on the Mount Allison University Campus.

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