Gold Mining Menaces Guatemalan Maya

While some countries lose their patrimony to grave robbers and Illegal lumber operations.  Guatemala is losing the Maya – a living patrimony.

Guatemala, about 39% indigenous Maya was subject to a civil war from 1968 to 1996 where ~160,000 Maya were killed.  I was there in 1990 and witnessed the acts of the army against the Maya. – carlos

Canadian multinational illegally discharged water in Guatemalan rivers

COPAE  2010-10-08 22:51 

The Marlin mine in San Miguel Ixtahuacán (Photo: COPAE)

SAN MARCOS, GUATEMALA – On September 30th, in a paid advertisement in Guatemala newspapers, the mining company Montana, a subsidiary of the Canadian corporation Goldcorp, responsible for the Marlin mine, stated that discharges of industrial water were done in the rivers of San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, in the presence of state authorities. A few days later the Ministry of Environment filed a complaint against the company, stating that the discharge was without authorization. The villagers suspect that this wasn’t the first illegal discharge of the company. All this is occurring while the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) awaits the pending suspension of the Marlin mine.  Complete article… == == ==== == ==

Mines and indigenous communities of Guatemala

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Chief Glenn Nolan shares Canada’s experiences in building partnerships between extractive industries and Aboriginal communities

Chief Nolan at a mine site in Guatemala

Missanabie Cree First Nation Chief Glenn Nolan was a keynote speaker at a San Carlos University symposium in Guatemala on the topic of corporate social responsibility in the mining sector. He also visited communities surrounding a Goldcorp mine site. Chief Nolan shared experiences of Canada’s Aboriginal communities in negotiating partnership agreements with mining companies.

His message that it was possible to create partnerships of mutual benefit between indigenous communities and extractive industries resonated well with his audience. Canadian Goverment site has more…

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Goldcorp mining company accused over human rights

By Bill Law , BBC News

Goldcorp’s Marlin mine is situated in the western highlands of Guatemala

A human rights assessment report has painted a harsh portrait of the Canadian gold mining giant Goldcorp.

The report was commissioned by the company in response to growing concerns from shareholder groups about human rights violations at its Marlin Mine in the western highlands of Guatemala.

The assessment found that Goldcorp had failed to respect the rights of indigenous peoples in Guatemala.  However, the report says the Marlin Mine has also brought local benefits.

It says that Goldcorp, through its wholly owned Guatemalan subsidiary Montana, has brought jobs, healthcare and education facilities to the impoverished Mayans living in the region.  Canadian Goverment site has more…



About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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