Canada’s Deadly Diplomacy and Mining Justice in Mexico

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Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Mining Justice panel and exhibition tour 

Please join us on Thursday Feb 8th for a panel and touring exhibition:

Thursday February 8, 2018

7pm – Panel: Canada’s Deadly Diplomacy and Mining Justice in Mexico

113 McCaul, room 33

More than eight years since the murder of Mariano Abarca, an outspoken community leader in Chiapas Mexico, his son, and a group of Mexican human rights defenders are coming to Canada in search of justice. Mariano led his community's struggle against the social and environmental impacts of Canadian company Blackfire Exploration’s barite mine.

The delegation includes:
Luis Abarca – son of Mariano Abarca, the outspoken community leader murdered in the struggle against Blackfire Exploration’s mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas.
Miguel Angel de los Santos – lawyer for the Abarca family from the Human Rights Centre - Autonomous University of Chiapas.
Libertad Díaz – representing human rights and environmental organization Otros Mundos Chiapas.
Miguel Mijangos – representing the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People, with experience working with mining-affected communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca.

Following the panel we will move to the lobby of 100 McCaul for a reception with food,  music, and the Toronto premiere of an exhibition of photo/text banners that describe the social and environmental impacts of the dramatic development of the Canadian mining industry in Canada and abroad. Traditional Mexican food will be provided by Santo Pecado Mexican Catering and there will be a chance for casual conversation with the delegation members and each other. 

• Find up-to-date details on the delegation and further information as it becomes available at
• For more information, contact Raul Burbano or Rachel Small

Supporting organizations: 
MiningWatch Canada, Steelworkers - Humanity Fund, Common Frontiers,MISN: Mining Injustice Solidarity NetworkKAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice InitiativesThe Council of Canadians, OCAD U Art & Social Change Minor, Inter Pares, Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL), Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Social Justice Fund, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group - CSILC, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Carleton University, United for Mining Justice and Centre international de solidarité ouvrière (CISO).

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U 113 McCaul St, room 330 Toronto, ON
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