Oakville event with Professor Metta Spencer, Sept. 24th

September 4, 2008

If you live in the GTA, please consider attending this event:

When: Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 7 PM

Who: Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights (OCCPEHR)

What: Peace Public Forum on the Struggle for Peace & Democracy in Russia with Professor Metta Spencer

Where: St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 160 William Street, Oakville

Link/Phone: www.oakvillepeacecentre.org / (905) 849-5501


U of T: Evening with Bob Lovelace – saying NO to uranium mining, August 13th

August 12, 2008

You are invited to attend:

An evening with Bob Lovelace

Wed. Aug. 13, 2008 – 7:00 p.m.
Hart House, Debates Room, 2nd floor
7 Hart House Circle , University of Toronto
(direction by subway: go to St. George station, walk south, left on Harbord)

Meet Bob Lovelace, former Ardoch Algonquin First Nation chief and Queen’s University lecturer, who was sentenced to six months in jail for saying ‘no’ to uranium mining on indigenous lands. Lovelace made this stand in defense of the Earth and Creation, which indigenous peoples regard as sacred.
Popular support for this cause contributed to the decision by 22 Ontario municipalities to vote against uranium mining and a promise by the Ontario government to revise antiquated legislation which currently gives mining companies ‘free entry’ to contested indigenous lands and private property. At stake is indigenous sovereignty, protection of the boreal forests from contamination by toxic mine tailings, and the right of indigenous communities to say no development which affects them.

Mr. Lovelace will share his reflections on the events of the last year, the meaning that the land has for indigenous peoples, and the challenges that attend to the current age of mass industrial development and destruction of the land.

Sponsored and promoted by GSU Social Justice Committee (U of T), Toronto MiningSupport Group/Students Against Climate Change, Sam Gindin Chair ( Ryerson University ), University of Toronto Students Union .


Toronto: Rally and March: Bring Omar Khadr back to Canada!

July 25, 2008
Canadian Arab Federation
La Fédération Canado-Arabe

ANNOUNCEMENT

July 21, 2008

Rally and March: Bring Omar Khadr back to Canada!

Canadian citizen Omar Khadr is the only Western national left in Guantanamo Bay and the first child-soldier to be prosecuted in over a hundred years. Tell Stephen Harper: bring Omar Khadr back to Canada.

When: July 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm
Where: US Consulate at 360 University Avenue in Toronto

After the opening rally at the U.S. Consulate, the demonstration will march past CSIS headquarters on Front Street West, and will conclude at Simcoe Park, on the east side of the CBC Broadcast Centre. The march has been organized by Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, CAF and the Muslim Unity Group. For more information, contact stopthewar@sympatico.ca or 416-795-5863.


July 22, Niagara Falls: Stop Forced Removal of Roma Refugee, Rides From Toronto available

July 11, 2008

Stop the Forced Removal of Roma Refugee Adolf Horvath to Hungary! Son of Holocaust Survivor Faces Grave Risk if Sent to Country Where Anti-Roma Violence Continues to Grow

Vigil at Justice Minister Rob Nicholson’s Niagara Falls Office
Tuesday, July 22, 12 Noon
2895 St. Paul Avenue, Unit 11
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Take QEW to Mountain Road exit, head towards Niagara Falls, turn right on St. Paul St.
Lost? Call Rob’s office at 905-353-9590

Coming from Toronto and want a ride or can drive folks down? Shoot us an email at tasc@web.ca or call (416) 651-5800

Can’t make it? Call Nicholson’s office and politely support the request of Erika Horvath for a meeting with the Justice Minister.

BACKGROUND

Adolf Horvath is a 51-year old father who fled repeated physical assaults and persecution in Hungary based on his Roma ethnicity. During World War II, his mother had been imprisoned in a Nazi slave labour camp because of her Roma ethnicity. Horvath’s wife, Erika, also experienced physical assaults in Hungary at the hands of the same skinheads and police officials who beat Adolf.

The family came to Canada in 1999. Mr. Horvath was found to be a person in need of protection, and his wife and son were found to be refugees. They were trying to begin a new life in this country when the latest chapter in their nightmare began, an extradition request from a vindictive group of Hungarian authorities laying charges based on two false confessions that were recanted in court over ten years ago.

The couple’s young son experienced severe trauma in witnessing the vicious assaults against his parents. He was present in his own home when Adolf was repeatedly stabbed in the stomach and his mother was hit in the head, forcing both parents’ hospitalization. A psychological assessment says their son suffers “emotionally and psychologically from the aftermath of living in an environment of horror and terror.” Given the ongoing fear he experiences that his father may be returned to Hungary, his life is marked by an ongoing sense of terror. Ongoing efforts to treat his post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are threatened by the instability in his life.

All members of the family have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and depression, conditions which have only worsened as a result of the Canadian efforts to send Mr. Horvath back to Hungary. Indeed, when a half dozen Canadian officers showed up at the house to arrest Mr. Horvath on the extradition request, it revived painful memories of attacks against the family in Hungary.

Amnesty International reported in October, 2007 on anti-Roma discrimination in Europe and concluded: “Roma were often the victims of torture or other ill-treatment by law enforcement officers across the
region. Roma were also the victims of racist attacks during which they were not adequately protected by the police. The authorities in many countries failed to fulfil their domestic and international obligations towards the Roma community.”

To hear an interview with Mr. Horvath, his wife Erika and their son Adam, go to the Current,
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2008/200807/20080708.html

The only person on the show defending the forced removal, James Bissett, is unfortunately completely out of touch and unfamiliar with the case, and he bluffs and lies his way through. So when he says, for example, that Canada was the only country to accept Roma refugees, he is wrong. When he says that Mr. Horvath withheld information from the officer who found him to be in need of protection, he is again flat out wrong. When he says there is no proof that the complainants against Mr.Horvath have recanted, he is perhaps uninformed that court transcripts of those recantations are freely available. And when he says that Hungary is a “democracy” and that there are groups that one can appeal to in Hungary if one’s rights are violated, he completely misses the point: if one is under threat, one might never survive to make the kind of complaint such agencies deal with. Ultimately, he fails to answer the most pressing question: what does it mean to have Canada find you a person in need of protection if Canada will not protect you from being sent back to the country you fled in the first place?

More info: Toronto Action for Social Change, (416) 651-5800
Background:
http://tasc_brby8.posterous.com/backgrounder-on-adolf-horvaths


TRUE: Six Nations informative lecture in Brantford, May 15

May 8, 2008

Brantford land claims – the true history behind the headlines

What:
An informative lecture and Q&A time with 30 year veteran of Six Nations land claims research Phil Monture and other leaned special guests.

When:
Thursday, May 15, 2008, beginning at 7 pm.

Where:
At the BCI Auditorium, Brant Ave. Brantford.

Why:
Without the truth, it will be impossible to understand why Six Nations are blocking development in Brant/Brant County and elsewhere.

DID YOU KNOW:

Did you know that more than 50% of the present Six Nations land and resources disputes registered with Canada involve Brantford or Brant County?

Did you know there are dozens more yet to be filed?

Did you know that since 2002, the Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the federal and provincial governments of Canada as well as municipalities and developers to engage in meaningful consultation and accommodation with First Nations where contested land land claims or treaty rights are concerned?

Did you know that the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982 recognized and affirms Aboriginal Rights and Treaties?

Did you know that only 807 acres of Brantford is accounted for, and most of that has yet to be paid to the people of Six Nations?

Don’t believe it? Come and hear the real truth behind the settlement of Brant County and the expansionism policies of today’s City Hall.

Find out where is the Johnson Settlement is; Eagles Nest; Burtch Tract; Onondaga Township; Martin’s Tract; Oxbow; Oneida Township; Grand River Navigation Co. Tow Path; the Nathan Gage Tract; the original Brantford Town Plot, and many more important areas of Brant County in need of settlement of
200 years of historic claims of ownership by the Crown, Canada, Ontario and Brantford.


Background:

TRUE is a growing Brantford based citizens group, seeking knowledge, justice and understanding of our responsibilities towards our Six Nations neighbours, according to the Two Row Wampum Treaty.

“The Truth is a hard thing that gets even harder with every year it is kept bound and gagged in a dark room, away from the eyes of decent people,” says Marilyn Vegso and Jim Windle, co-founders of TRUE (Two Row Understanding through Education). “That is why we began this series of lectures designed to reveal the real truth and gain a Six Nations perspective on the historical relationship Brantford has had with its Six Nations neighbours over the past 200 years.”

Previous TRUE lectures covered the two Row Wampum Treaty and it’s significance today, and Kevin Annett’s revelations of Residential School murders of thousands of Native children in Canada’s Secret Holocaust.

“This movement is growing as more and more non-Native people begin to hear the truth and are as appalled as we were when we discovered the history we weren’t taught in school,” says Vegso. “It is incumbent upon us to acknowledge what our government has done and to make it right. That’s our
responsibility under the Two-Row.”

With all the talk and headlines about how Six Nations protection against the development of contested Six Nations’ land, TRUE has cut to the chase and is hosting what could be one of the most important and informative meeting of their series to date.

Brantford land claims – the true history behind the headlines with 30 year Six Nations land claims researcher Phil Monture and present Six Nations lands and resources manager, lawyer, and researcher Lonny Bomberry, along with other recognized Six Nations’ historians.

Monture has dedicated his entire life to finding the truth behind what has become Canada’s most pressing domestic issue. The wanton theft of Indian lands and resources is creating a formula for disaster which can be avoided, if we have the courage to face the truth and do something about it.

This meeting is guaranteed to be a bitter and inconvenient pill to swallow for most, but until we are cured of our short sighted arrogance, addiction to tax dollars, and the destruction of irreplaceable farm lands, we are on a collision course with not only the original people protectors of the land, but with nature herself.


Ontario Coalition for Social Justice: News and events

May 7, 2008

With the growing gap between rich and poor is in the news again, the upcoming Ontario Coalition for Social Justice (OCSJ) assembly and the meetings of allies in other coalitions are timely! If you live in GTA, southern Ontario or the Ottawa area, please look for an event nearby to attend. Be sure to check out the news, updates and calendar below:


1) OCSJ ASSEMBLY

Please join us, if you are able to do so, to plan how we shall advocate that Ontario embrace economic security, rather than allow poverty to continue!

FROM POVERTY TO ECONOMIC SECURITY
A Forum to Reduce Poverty in Ontario

Saturday, May 10, 10 am – 4 pm — at Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto (south of College St — 2 blocks west of the College stop on University subway)

* Recommend ways to reduce poverty and increase social justice
* Organize to increase our power
* Free university and child care
* Recognize the rights of the First Nations
* Learn about the Provincial Government’s plans for poverty reduction
* Mobilize for public input into the process
* Organize among workers, tenants, women, students, and others
dedicated to ending poverty in Ontario

Special Guests:

* Wayne Samuelson (President) and Terry Downey (Executive VP), Ontario
Federation of Labour
* Jen Hassum (Chair), Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario
* Denise Stonefish (Grand Chief), Association of Iroquois & Allied
Indians
* Cheri DiNovo (MPP), Parkdale-High Park
* Representative of the Provincial Government’s Cabinet Committee for
Poverty Reduction (invited)

Open at no cost to all activists interested in social justice – aboriginals, ethno-racial persons, immigrants and refugees, labour activists, persons with disabilities, students, women, and other
equity-seeking persons.

Agenda:

10:00 a.m. Opening & welcome

10:15 a.m. Co-operating among sectors to end poverty:

*Aboriginals: Grand Chief Denise Stonefish
*Labour Wayne Samuelson
*Colour of Poverty Representative of its Steering Committee
*Students Jen Hassum,

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. OCSJ recommendations & strategy to end poverty

12:00 p.m. LUNCH & networking

1:00 p.m. OCSJ report & steering committee election

1:15 p.m. Ontario Poverty Reduction:

*Government spokesperson [invited]
*Opposition spokesperson Cheri DiNovo, MPP (Parkdale-High Park)

2:00 p.m. How we deliver OCSJ strategy & co-operate with allies

3:30 p.m. Conclusion

For info, contact John Argue, OCSJ Coordinator (416) 441-3714 info@ocsj.ca


2) ONTARIO GOVERNMENT & POVERTY

The Ontario Government has not announced its entire consultation schedule, but it did say last week that the Cabinet Committee chaired by Deb Matthews will meet people in 3 communities next week to talk about poverty reduction. The Toronto Star’s Kerry Gillespie also reported that the committee will visit Hamilton, Kingston, and Toronto, but there are no dates yet for those roundtable meetings.

a) Peterborough – May 5

Today, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., a government roundtable will take place at Evinrude Arena’s Multi-purpose room. It is not clear who has been invited there.

Outside the arena, however, anti-poverty activists and local CUPE members are leading community and union demands that the Government “Raise the rates!” for persons who receive financial assistance, but not enough to meet their costs.

b) Northumberland – May 6

There’s no obvious public information about where this meeting will be, nor who has been invited. However, community members are frustrated that the Northumberland Coalition Against Poverty asked to participate, but was refused permission.

c) SPNO conference – May 7 & 8

The third meeting relevant to the public discussion of what should be done to end poverty will be the annual conference of Social Planning Councils in Ontario, and Deb Matthews has been invited to discuss her committee’s plans with the conference delegates. At least, with this meeting, the SPNO will inform the public off what had been discussed there, and how prepared the Minister is to make future roundtables open to the public.


3) LABOUR & COMMUNITY CONCERNS ABOUT POVERTY

***25 in 5 Network

The day after the Government announced that Deb Matthews will participate in the above 3 meetings, a number of representatives of groups participating in the 25 in 5 network met and issued a media release to emphasize that:

· The Government focus on all persons who live in poverty.
· Meetings be open and accessible to the public, and especially those who
are live in poverty.
· Consultations be properly funded and resourced.
· Consultations be recorded and these reports be made public in a timely
manner.

This media release and the results of other discussions by groups in the 25 in 5 network are available at http://www.25in5.ca/ .

***Racialization of Poverty

The Colour of Poverty campaign hosted a well-attended forum at Ryerson University to discuss and develop further how to collaborate on ways, tools and strategies for people to work toward equity and inclusion in Ontario. Fact sheets about this campaign are available at
http://www.colourofpoverty.ca/ .

***Aboriginal rights

The Ontario Premier and the Minister of Northern Development & Mines, Michael Gravelle, MPP (Thunder Bay-Superior North), have both said that Ontario’s aboriginals will be consulted about mining companies staking claims on “Crown land”, also claimed by aboriginal bands, because the century-old, provincial Mining Act offers clear protection to mining companies but neglects to affirm the rights of aboriginals. In the meantime, however, aboriginals remain imprisoned, merely for stating that they do have claims on land where mining companies are proceeding with
their “rights”.

***People with Disabilities

The Ontario Government has stressed that it’s concerned with child poverty as a priority in developing its poverty reduction strategy, but it’s not yet clear how the needs of persons who live with disabilities, and are challenged by poverty, will be assisted.

***Unorganized workers

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has worked with part-time college instructors to advocate that they have the right to be represented by a union in bargaining with their employers. The success of this campaign was recognized finally at a lobby day at Queen’s Park for these workers a week ago, when 14 Liberal MPPs talked to the people who turned out for this lobby and promised that the Ontario Government will introduce legislation this spring to allow them to join a union to help represent their workplace concerns. The workers are pleased, but of course, they remain cautious until they see what form the legislation will take.


4) SOME LOCAL EXAMPLES OF ACTION AGAINST POVERTY

***Chatham

The United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) have been supporting migrant farm workers in southwest Ontario for a number of years, and yesterday there was a local, annual celebration at the centre which the UFCW has provided in Leamington, about its worthwhile support. The Friends of Farmworkers, associated strongly with the Chatham-Kent Coalition for Social Justice, provide important support from the community.

***Guelph

The Guelph-Wellington Coalition for Social Justice will meet with its MPP, Liz Sandals on May 23, and present a paper to her outlining its participant groups’ views about how to end poverty in Guelph region.

***Waterloo

Opportunities Waterloo Region (OWR) is motivating people there to urge Government action by writing local MPPs. OWR has posted links at its website http://www.owr.ca/ to assist residents of the region to send messages to the MPPs that it’s vital for the Government to take serious and immediate action to end poverty.


5) EVENTS

May 7 – 8: The Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO)’s regular Spring Conference will be held in Ottawa this year on May 7 and 8 and will focus on a poverty reduction strategy for Ontario. Minister Deb Matthews has accepted an invitation to attend a roundtable discussion there. This year’s SPNO Conference is combined with the 80th anniversary of the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, which will hold a dinner the evening of May 7.

Contact: Dianne Urquhart, Social Planning Council of Ottawa, dianneu@spcottawa.on.ca and (613) 236-9300, or Peter Clutterbuck, at SPNO, pclutterbuck@spno.ca (416) 653-7947 for information.

May 10
: The OCSJ spring assembly and AGM will take place from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. in Toronto at the Steelworkers’ Hall at 25 Cecil St., near the Queen’s Park subway stop. For information, contact John Argue at info@ocsj.ca or (416) 441-3714.

May 10
: The London and District Labour Council is hosting a joint activist forum from 10:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m., in the common room of the Tolpuddle Housing Co-op at 380 Adelaide St. N. The forum title is “Turning globalization around with grass-roots activists”, with a Latin American focus because of concerns in London about what’s happening in Colombia, in particular, and incidentally, the city’s increasing Spanish-speaking population. Information about the forum is available from (519) 645-3108.

May 12
: The Centre for Public Justice is initiating its Envisioning Canada Without Poverty campaign with a workshop in Ottawa at the Bronson Centre’s Rideau Room, 211 Bronson Ave. from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Information is available at cpj@cpj.ca and (613) 232-0275.

May 15
: The Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) will be organizing a community forum to brief various community leaders and local ethnic media within the diverse communities in the GTA about the details of C-50 (proposed changes to Immigration and Refugee Protection Act) and its implications and potential impact on all of us. The forum will be held from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Armadale Community Centre located in Markham (2401 Denison St – close to the intersection on McCowan and Dension – North of Steeles). Please RSVP to rsvp@cassa.on.ca . If organizations would like to become supporters of this event, e-mail neethan.shan@cassa.on.ca .

May 21 – 24:
CUPE Ont. 45th annual convention in Niagara Falls.

May 24
: The Centre for Public Justice’s Envisioning Canada Without Poverty campaign will host a workshop in London at the London District Christian Secondary School, 24 Braesyde Ave. from 10:00 a.m. to 12;30 p.m.

Information is available at cpj@cpj.ca and 1 (800) 667-8046.

May 26 – 30
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) convention at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

May 28
The Annual General Meeting of the Lakehead Social Planning Council in Thunder Bay will feature Peter Clutterbuck, SPNO Coordinator, as the guest speaker on the policy framework for a poverty reduction strategy in Ontario.

For information, contact: Marie Klassen, Lakehead SPC, lspc@tbaytel.net or (807) 624-2330

May 29
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine has called upon all Canadians to support and join First Nations in challenging the Government of Canada to implement lasting solutions based on equality and respect. A peaceful rally will happen in Ottawa, and more information
will follow.

May 31
: The 7th AGM of Fair Vote Canada will take place at Ryerson University in Toronto, 80 Gould St. (at the corner of Church St.), Room RCC204, from 9:15 a.m. till 5:15 p.m. One panel will feature Olivia Chow, NDP M.P., Martha Hall Findlay, Liberal M.P., and Carolyn Law, Green Party of Ontario executive member. Information is available at info@fairvote.ca or (416) 410-4034.

June 10
: The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) Annual Conference is taking place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Oakham House, Ryerson University, in Toronto. This is a gathering for anti-poverty, affordable housing and environmental advocates to share experiences and engage in an action agenda on low-income energy issues. One of the main themes will be how Ontario’s poverty reduction plan and its long-term affordable housing strategy must both address energy poverty. More information, including registration and agenda, will be available soon, from Zee Bhanji, Coordinator, at bhanjiz@lao.on.ca or Tel: (416) 597-5855 ext. 5167 or 1 (866) 245-4182 x 5167.

John Argue, Co-ordinator
Ontario Coalition for Social Justice
15 Gervais Dr., #305
Toronto, Ont., M3C 1Y8
(416) 441-3714
info@ocsj.ca


Rare opportunity to meet international aboriginal leaders here to protest Barrick Gold’s abuses

May 7, 2008

I am posting this information in the hopes that a few people in the GTA and Ottawa area may be interested in meeting these folks before they return to their countries of origin. There are opportunities to meet them Wed., Thurs. and Fri. in Toronto. On Saturday they are travelling to Ottawa with a detour to meet those protesting the proposed uranium mine near Sharbot Lake. Contact Natalie (info. below) for details if you wish to meet them or offer support.

Aboriginal leaders from Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Western Shoshone territory (in Nevada) are in Toronto on a rare visit to Canada. They are heading to Ottawa on Saturday.

The Papua New Guinea contingent have flown 32 hours to get here, and risked their own safety and the safety of their families to so do. At home they have suffered outright murder (villagers shot by Barrick security) and rape of women villagers.

In all cases, sacred lands are being desecrated and massive water systems and ecosystems destroyed irreparably. Some of the water systems destroyed are so large the mine tailings can be seen in satellite photos.

Sadly, their stories were not covered by mass media outlets at the Barrick Gold Annual General Meeting yesterday even though all the leaders obtained proxies to get in and all spoke up at the meeting and told invesors what was happening to them.

By not covering their stories, the mass media in Canada are indirectly responsible for the continued murder of their people by Barrick Gold. To arrange an interview with the Papua New Guinea and Australian contingent contact Natalie Lowrey, Friends of the Earth (Australia), 416 809 2755 – natalie.lowrey@foe.org.au

To arrange an interview with the Western Shoshone contingent contact Julie Fishel, Western Shoshone Defence Project (USA) – 775 397 1371 – wsdp@igc.org

Below is a news story printed in the independant media which serves as an example of the kind of coverage that responsible news outlet would publish:


International Indigenous leaders attend Barrick Gold’s Shareholder’s meeting

Tuesday 6th May, 2008 at 10am

Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the United States traveled to Canada this week to attend the shareholders’ meeting of Barrick Gold to make statements against Barrick’s unregulated operations on their lands.

Complaints include the killing, rape and arbitrary detention of local village people in Papua New Guinea by Barrick security, the destruction of spiritual sites in Australia and the United States, and the pollution of water resources at all of Barrick’s mines. The tour is heading to Ottawa after the shareholders’ meeting where they have arranged meetings with members of parliament.

At Lake Cowal, Australia, Barrick is importing 6090 tonnes of sodium cyanide into the flood plain renowned for severe flooding. ‘Barrick Gold has absolutely no respect for our cultural heritage and the very essence of our cultural being is at stake,’ stated Neville ‘Chappy’ William, Wiradjuri elder and spokesperson for Mooka and Kalara United Families, the traditional owners of the Lake Cowal area. In addition to creating an open-pit mine in the ‘Sacred Heartland of the Wiradjuri Nation,’ Barrick has confiscated thousands of Wiradjuri cultural objects from the mine site and refuses to return them to the traditional owners.

According to Jethro Tulin, Executive Officer of the Akali Tange Association, a human rights organization in Papua New Guinea, ‘Barrick’s Porgera Mine is a textbook case of what can go wrong when large-scale mining confronts indigenous peoples, ignoring the impacts of its projects and resorting to goon squads when people rebel against it. This outrages the conscience of local Indigenous communities, especially when the mine is right next to our homes; my people are exposed to dangerous chemicals like cyanide and mercury; some of our people down in the tailings and waste during floods; and fishing stocks, flora and fauna are depleted down the river systems, leading to indigenous food sources being threatened.’

‘The international community has spoken quite clearly on these matters. The United States has been told on two separate occasions to cease and desist the destructive activities on Shoshone lands and Canada has been told to rein in its corporate giants like Barrick,’ stated Larson Bill, Western Shoshone Community Planner, referencing the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) in their review of Canada last year.

According to a 2005 Parliamentary Standing Committee report, ‘Canada does not yet have laws to ensure that the activities of Canadian mining companies indeveloping countries conform to human rights standards, including the rights of workers and of indigenous people.’ As of 2008, these regulatory issues have yet
to be resolved.

The leaders include:

Larson R. Bill, Community Planner, Western Shoshone Defense Project, USA

Neville Williams, Mooka/Kalara United Families within the Wiradjuri Nation, Lake Cowal, Australia

Jethro Tulin, Executive Officer, Akali Tange Association, PapuaNew Guinea

Mark Ekepa, Chairman, Porgera Landowners Association,

Anga Atalu, Secretary, Porgera Landowners Association, Papua New Guinea

This effort is supported by:

ProtestBarrick.net
Western Shoshone Defence Project (USA)
Mining Watch Canada (Canada)
SaveLakeCowal.org (Australia)
Mineral Policy Institute (Australia)
Friends of the Earth (Australia)
Porgera Land Owners Association (Papua New Guinea)
Atali Tange Association (Papua New Guinea)

Contact:
Julie Fishel, Western Shoshone Defence Project (USA)

&nbs; 775 397 1371 – wsdp@igc.org

Natalie Lowrey, Friends of the Earth (Australia)
416 809 2755 – natalie.lowrey@foe.org.au