Aggressive extractivism – the exploitation of natural resources by private mining companies accountable only to their own directors and shareholders – has become a driving force in the neoliberal world order. The global operations of these mining companies place workers, communities and watersheds directly in harms way. Governments have ceased to play an effective regulatory role, nor do they defend their citizens, right or exercise sovereignty over their citizens’ resources. Government and mining companies jointly promote a discourse that claims interests of the mining or oil company as a reflection of the national interest.
New forms of resistance are needed in local, national and global spaces. The International Articulation of People Affected by Vale (AV) was launched in 2010 to engage with the Brazilian mining giant, Vale. AV includes rights, environment and labour activists, social movements, faith communities, and public policy researchers. Network members from Brazil and Canada will reflect on their strategies and experiences of resistance to Vale, through the mechanism of a global network after which participants will be invited to offer comments and questions.
Shelley Condratto,, Laurentian University, Canada
Pablo Solon, Solon Foundation, Bolivia
Karyn Keenan , Above Ground, Canada
Derek Boivin, USW, Canada