Legal gold mine – photo: Barrick Gold Corporation
“Every day I wake up and all I see around me is pain and sadness because Barrick Gold killed everything here. Everything is dead.” says Torres, whose family has lived in Las Lagunas for generations. Now, Barrick’s Pueblo Viejo mine is destroying the region. “Barrick Gold is worse and more dangerous than Christopher Columbus,” she adds. “We had no concept of what the devil was until Barrick Gold came to our lands.”
Canada presents global extractive industries a business environment that supports speculation, offers government subsidies, enables capital flows to finance contentious foreign projects, and, most essentially, offers a legal haven from litigation.
But not only Canada is involved in legal gold mining on a massive scale. Gold mining is a global business with operations on every continent, except Antarctica. Together, the world’s top ten legal gold miners produced 27,48 million ounces of gold in 2020, worth approximately $48 billion.
Yes, “elements – visual – capitalist, we live in a material- and materialistic – world.” Everywhere in the world where legal gold is mined, it’s ecocide and ethnocide, just like with illegal gold.
Yanomami observing illegal gold mining site in their territory – photo of Yanomami, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela and photo montage – Barbara Crane Navarro
Here is a Yanomami shaman’s message concerning gold and materialism – from the Brazilian NGO APIB – The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil.
« Hey – Look at me
We see you
We tried to show you
You never bothered to learn our language
You were always looking down
We’ve been warning you since the beginning
The land is alive
This land can’t be owned
This land is us
All of us
You wanted the stones
Your shiny things
Titles – Flags – Profits
You called that progress
We tried to teach you
But you’ve always been so greedy
Too primitive – Too savage
Now you still bring curses over the Yanomami
And once again we are dying because of it
And all Indigenous land is being turned into
ashes and mud
You never looked up to discover
what we were holding in place
The sky itself
Your cities can see it
Your crops can see it
Your kids can see it
We can see it in your lungs
Take a deep breath
Open your eyes and look up
Can you finally see it ?
Help the Yanomami hold up the sky »
(This video contains flashing images – viewer discretion is advised):Watch video: https://bit.ly/ShamanMessage
How can you help? Please boycott all products from deforestation; gold, palm oil, gemstones, exotic wood, soy, beef, etc.!
Please choose to buy products that don’t destroy Nature and Indigenous lives !
After decades of “advocating” for Indigenous peoples, the NGO Survival and a friend of the Yanomami, the anthropologist Bruce Albert, support “legal” gold! Why?
Will they ever decide to repudiate this position pro-legal-gold?https://barbara-navarro.com/2023/03/24/hey-survival-which-side-are-you-on-the-side-of-indigenous-peoples-or-the-gold-industry-id-like-to-point-out-that-5-of-your-six-point-plan-helps-only-the-gold-industry/
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