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