Letter of CCCB President to the Prime Minister of Canada concerning Canadian mining industry

Thursday, August 10 2017
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crosbyThe Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has written the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, concerning Canadian mining operations in Latin America and their detrimental effects on the natural environment and local populations, including Indigenous peoples. The letter was also sent to the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable James Gordon Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

Bishop Crosby stated that Canadians "cannot remain indifferent to the cry of the poor or to the repercussions of environmental degradation on our common home. We cannot accept the unethical way Canadian mining companies have been operating in Latin America or other regions of the world, taking the absence of effective regulatory schemes as a reason to shirk their ethical responsibilities." His concerns echo those of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) as well as more than 200 Latin American and international organizations who sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister on 25 April 2016 — a letter which has yet to receive a response. Among the recommendations listed in that letter, Bishop Crosby reiterated there was an urgent need for the following:

Link to the letter of Bishop Crosby (PDF)

Link to the letter of the Latin American and international organizations (PDF)

Last Updated on Thursday, August 10 2017