FPSE-HRISC Speaker’s Tour: March 10 Event Panelist Details

Dear KPU/KFA Colleagues, 

Where did February go?  Next week, on March 10th, your KFA and FPSE-BC are organizing an interesting afternoon event. Please feel free to pass on word to your students and wider networks about this great group of panelists who will be discussing the impacts of Canadian mining at home and abroad. This will be the second of our FPSE-Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee (HRISC) Speakers Tour 2022 events. 

“Human Exploitation at Home and Abroad – Canadian Mining” 

FPSE-HRISC Speaker’s Tour 2022.  Online event: Thurs., March 10, 2022 @ 4:00 pm PT.  Advanced online registration is required.  

Event Panelists: 

Catherine Nolan and Graham Russell.  Will be discussing their book Testimonio: Canadian Mining in the aftermath of Genocides in Guatemala, where they draw on their years of community-based research and direct community support work in Guatemala to expose the ruthless state machinery that benefits the Canadian mining industry. The edited volume tells the horrific story of Canadian mining in Guatemala through the voices of some of the people most affected by the impact of mining at the Community level. 

Jeffrey Webber is a political economist and will be discussing his book, Blood of Extraction, Canadian imperialism in Latin America.  This book examines the myriad ways Canadian based multinational corporations, backed by the Canadian state, have developed extensive economic interests in Latin America over the last two decades at the expense of Latin American people and the environment. Jeffrey illustrates the strategies used by the Canadian state to silence this resistance and advance corporate interests.

Merle Alexander a lawyer and member and hereditary chief of Kitasoo / Xai’xais is going to discuss how the current BC mining laws and industry standards fall short of emerging global standards for sustainable mining centred on respect for human rights and the protection of communities and the environment. How the business-as-usual approach in BC has been compounded by the governments’ continued neglect of Indigenous people’s rights after passing the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.

The HRISC Speaker’s Tour 2022 Canadian Mining Panel will be moderated by Lisa David (Douglas College) and David Sadoway (KPU). 

The direct online registration link for the Canadian Mining Panel is:

Information about this event is also listed on our FPSE-BC website, here:

2022 FPSE Human Rights and International Solidarity Speakers’ Tour | fpse

The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC is the provincial voice for faculty and staff in BC teaching universities, colleges and institutes, and in private sector institutions.

If you have any questions or problems with registration for this FPSE-HRISC Speaker’s Tour event, please do not hesitate to email me directly.