Joan Kuyek: Our job is to take our governments back from the mining interests – by Joan Baxter (Halifax Examiner – October 16, 2019)

Joan Kuyek, one of this country’s most distinguished community organizers and analysts of the mining industry, will be in Nova Scotia this weekend to promote her new book, Unearthing justice: how to protect your community from the mining industry. In 1999, Kuyek co-founded MiningWatch Canada, and was its national coordinator until 2009.

She has taught at Algoma University in Sault St. Marie and Queen’s University law school in Kingston, and has worked extensively with many First Nations and other communities to help them understand the mining industry and how best they can protect themselves and the environment from harm it causes. She is also the author of the 2011 book, Community organizing – a holistic approach.

While in Nova Scotia, Kuyek will be launching her new book at a panel discussion on gold mining on Saturday, October 19 in Halifax, and then again in Tatamagouche on Sunday, October 20.

Her visit will also coincide the province’s first ever “Gold Show” slated for October 17 – 18 in the Alt Hotel at the Halifax airport. It is billed as “a private event but free to attend for industry and government representatives” by the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) that is hosting it with $52,000 from the citizens of Nova Scotia, via the Department of Energy and Mines. (The Gold Show is not “free” for others, apparently; when I wrote to MANS to request a media invitation, the reply I received was: “The Nova Scotia Gold Show is a private conference and there are no media events.”)

Kuyek has also been invited by community groups to attend the “Water Not Gold Rally” that they are organizing outside the airport hotel on October 18, as a “counter-campaign to the Nova Scotia Gold Show,” and in opposition to what they call “destructive open-pit gold mining in Nova Scotia.”

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