Federal government must regulate Canadian mining companies operating overseas, says activist (CBC The Current – January 13, 2022)


For 13 years, Angélica Choc has been fighting to stop alleged abuses carried out on Indigenous peoples in her native Guatemala by Canadian mining companies and their subsidiaries — and she wants the Canadian government to do its part.

“It’s exhausting. I am so tired. And I continue persevering, seeking justice in the Canadian courts,” she told The Current’s Matt Galloway. In 2009, Choc’s husband, Mayan Q’eqchi’ community leader Adolfo Ich Chamán, was killed by security personnel working at a Guatemalan mine that he opposed. The mine was owned by a subsidiary of Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals.

Following her husband’s killing, Choc and 12 other plaintiffs — who also said they were attacked during evictions allegedly orchestrated by Hudbay Minerals — sued the company and two of its subsidiaries in three separate civil lawsuits in Canadian courts.

The plaintiffs filed claims against Hudbay for negligence, alleging the mine owners had planned and coordinated their expulsions and funded the groups that committed the violence against them.

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