#IDLENOMORE: Round Dance in support of Mayan Q'eqchi' communities against Hudbay Minerals

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 18:00 to Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 19:00

#IDLENOMORE: Round Dance in support of Mayan Q'eqchi' communities against Hudbay Minerals 

A Canadian mining company is being brought to court in this country for violence carried out overseas. 

Please come out to support members of the Indigenous Mayan Q’eqchi’ communities from El Estor, Guatemala who have filed lawsuits in Ontario courts against Canadian mining company HudBay Minerals over brutal shootings and 11 rapes at HudBay’s former mining project in Guatemala. 

WHAT : Round Dance and Drumming outside Hudbay Court Proceedings 
WHERE: 393 University Ave. Toronto 
WHEN: MEET-MONDAY & TUESDAY MARCH 4 & 5 at 1pm outside the courthouse 

RSVP via facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/359319090849127/ 

more information on the court cases here: www.chocversushudbay.com/ 

***Our Stories are Connected*** 

From so-called Canada to Guatemala, Native people are linked through a shared history of colonization, displacement, land theft, and resource extraction. Both at home and abroad, Canadian mining companies are a major player in the expropriation of land and the poisoning of Native communities. But now, the resistance to this extension of colonialism is also connected. 

This is the first court hearing in the cases after Hudbay abruptly dropped its argument that the lawsuits should be heard in Guatemala. Angelica Choc, the widow of murdered community leader Adolfo Ich Choc, has traveled from Guatemala to attend in person. 

Hudbay continues to deny all responsibility for the rapes and shootings allegedly committed at its former mining project. In this hearing, Hudbay is arguing that its head office simply does not owe a “duty of care” to Mayan families and subsistence farming communities harmed by its mining operations. Meanwhile, Hudbay is currently ignoring their duty to consult in Snow Lake, Manitoba, where Mathias Colomb Cree Nation Chief Arlen Dumas recently issued a stop work other to HudBay Minerals and the Manitoba government for their construction of a gold and zinc mine without first consulting the nation. ***A New Era is Prophecy*** 

December 21, 2012 marked a turning point for Indigenous struggles around the world. While protesters responded to a global call put out by Idle No More, in Guatemala there was a renewed call for the respect of Indigenous rights in relation to mining and resource extraction more broadly. The Oxlajuj B'ak'tun, or the ending of a Mayan era, signified an opportunity for renewal and resistance for the Maya. Likewise, the call to be #idlenomore emboldened the struggle for sovereignty and the protection of mother earth. 

As we enter into a new era, signified by the Idle No More Movement and the Oxlajuj B'ak'tun, please join and support these Indigenous led mobilizations, within Abya Yala and Turtle Island, working against the neoliberal agenda and in favor of human and non-human life. MINING RESISTANCE: Spring into Action 
The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) has been working hard to plan for the next few months, which has traditionally been our busiest season for engaging the public in resisting mining injustices. Instead of the weekend-long conference we've held for the past several years, we've decided to spread a series of events and actions over the course of a month. 

Mining Resistance: Spring Into Action will run from mid-April to mid-May and will include events ranging from panels, film screenings, and art exhibits to direct actions , creative protests, and outdoor teach-ins. We will have a new site up and running specifically centred on this initiative, and that lists some of what we and partners are planning. Stay tuned! 
                        MISN Youtube Channel
MISN on Youtube 
Whether it is testimonials from the People's Health Tribunal or videos from our annual Mining Injustice conference, you will find a ton of great content on our youtube channel! Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/user/MiningInjustice                 MISN Solidarity Statement with IdleNoMore

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