WHEN: 10am Fri. May 10th, 2013
WHAT: Protest of Hudbay Minerals' annual general meeting
WHERE: 150 King St. West, Toronto
WHY: As Hudbay’s Board of Directors and shareholders meet in Toronto, supporters from the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network and Idle No More will gather outside to denounce the abuses carried out by this company around the world. The creative protest will begin with drumming and a round dance led by Idle No More.
Chief Arlen Dumas of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (MCCN) in Manitoba, who will be present, was never consulted by the company during their development of a mining project on MCCN territory. Hudbay is now suing his community for millions of dollars after members of the MCCN held two peaceful gatherings at the mine site.
"Hudbay Mineral are playing a dangerous game with their shareholders dividends. Investing in disputed Indigenous Lands, not respecting our right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent and trying to use the courts to suppress our sovereign right to say no, are all signalers that the board and CEO of Hudbay are both negligent and uninformed about the power and precedents of First Nations case law in this country." said Clayton Thomas-Muller, Member of Pukatawagan Cree Nation. "Hudbay President, David A.Garofalo is putting the companies investments, social capitol and brand value up against losing odds with his morally bankrupt leadership. These aggressive actions against Mathais Colomb Cree and our relatives in the south shine a light on blatant mismanagement and the extremely high risk threatening Hudbay shareholder interests."
The demonstration will also be in solidarity with Mayan Q’eqchi’ communities in their pursuit of justice in Canadian courts for the murders and gang rapes carried out by Hudbay security at their former mining project in El Estor, Guatemala.
Clayton Thomas-Muller, member Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, also known as the Pukatawagan Cree Nation.
Rachel Small (for information on MISN and Mayan Q’eqchi’ communities in Guatemala)