Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Hold Mining Companies Accountable'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Hold Mining Companies Accountable'

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Ottawa

A delegation from the Philippines that includes an Anglican bishop wants the government to appoint an ombudsperson to monitor Canadian mining operations overseas.

"We want the Canadian people to hear our story and we want that foreign corporations operating in the Philippines, especially Canadian mining companies, be held accountable for their complicity in human rights violations against our people," said Bishop Antonio Ablon, speaking at a news conference on Parliament Hill March 23.

The delegation was on a six-city tour of Canada sponsored by KAIROS, a social justice coalition of 10 Canadian Christian churches and organizations, including the Anglican Church of Canada.

The tour, from March 20 to April 5, also included visits to Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal. In Ottawa, the group met with members of Parliament, officials of Global Affairs Canada and other civil servants.

People in resource-rich communities are being driven from their lands and sources of food and livelihoods into hunger and poverty, said Ablon, the bishop of Zamboanga del Sur province in Mindanao, one of the three major island groups in the Philippines. …

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