In July 2014, “Mining Morality Canada” began a journey to investigate and document the environmental, social, political, and economic impacts that Canadian mining companies are having on local communities within the Dominican Republic. This journey led us all around the central mountain range of the Dominican where we have been working in solidarity with those directly resisting Canadian mining companies including Barrick Gold, Gold Corp and Glencore Falconbridge. These companies, in conjunction with other previously operating mining companies such as Rosario Dominicana, have had devastating effects on the livelihoods of communities and the environment. Within our documentary we focus on two critical and ongoing struggles:
1. The Pueblo Viejo mine in Cotui within the communities of El Naranjo, La Cerca, La Pinita and Las Lagunas. This mining project is run by Canadian gold mining companies Barrick Gold (60%) and Goldcorp. (40%). Pueblo Viejo has been in operation since 2012.
2. Glencore’s Falconbridge (Dominican subsidiary- Falcondo) is currently in a battle for rights to exploit Loma Miranda. This mountain range feeds over 80% of the waterways in the Dominican Republic. There is currently a nation wide movement to resist Falcondo and declare Loma Miranda a National Park.
During our time in the Dominican Republic we conducted interviews with academics, professionals and community members directly affected. Through our documentary we wish to share these narratives and create dialogue regarding the immoral actions of Canadian mining companies abroad.
Risks and challenges
We are currently in the process of creating a documentary to expose the social and environmental injustices we have witnessed. However, as a not-for-profit, independent organization, we face challenges due to a lack of finances. Although we independently created this kickstarter video, it is apparent that we are not experts in documentary making and therefore have several expenses including the hiring of a production company, equipment, compensation, legal advice and editing software. Furthermore we wish to continue to financially support the Dominican communities within their struggle against these powerful Canadian corporations. Our fundraising goal is a minimum of $5500.00 and any donation makes a difference!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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