La siguiente nota fue publicada en el diario THE EASTERN DOOR de la region indigena Mohawk de Kahnawake, dando cuenta de la visita que la delegacion del FAO llevo a cabo en esta reserva.
THE EASTERN DOOR •
“The land is the issue”:
Mexican delegation seeks solidarity with Kahnawake.
Vol. 16 No. 32 • August 31, 2007
THE EASTERN DOOR
Last weekend, a Mexican delegation came to Kahnawake to share similar stories of resistance and to request a formal statement of solidarity from Kahnawake’s Longhouse on Route 207.
On Friday morning, after a visit and tour of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, the Mexican delegates arrived at the cultural centre, where they were greeted by staff and some community members, given lunch and a tour, and shown a documentary about the
Before starting the tour, Tiorahkwahte, a member of the cultural centre’s board, welcomed the delegation in Kanien’kéha and invited its elder representative, Mario Martinez Ramos, to introduce their cause.
Ramos, an engineer specializing in hydrological geology, historian Juan Carlos Ruiz Guadalajara and lawyers Marta Rivera Sierra and Tonantzin Mendoza Rocha traveled from the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, as representatives of the Frente Amplio Oppositor (FAO), a broad opposition front seeking to expose, denounce and stop the illegal mining practices in and around one of the state’s most important villages – Cerro de San Pedro.
Metallica Resources, a company based in
Tiorahkwahte told the group that the issues of water, health and land are essential to Kahnawake. “I see this as feathernesting, ”he said. “It’s almost like reincarnation of
“Not even in
Enrique Rivera, a lawyer from
The people of Cerro de San Pedro “carry the Indigenous struggle in their blood,” Rivera said. Historically, the state of
“We share a lot of similar views and the attachment to the land,” said Donna Goodleaf, executive director of the cultural center. “I hope people will open their hearts and minds to hear their story because they too are trying to protect their children, families and homeland from oppressive governments like
Some of the investors in Metallica Resources are in
“Another company wants to dig up our resources and take the blood out of our Mother Earth,” said one Kahnawa’kehró:non who attended the event. “
On Sunday, August 26, at around 11am, the Mexican delegation presented their case to the 207 Longhouse Council, and asked for a letter of formal support, addressed to their people.The Council agreed. “It has a very strong impact on our community to have an Indigenous community of this importance support us,” Sierra said. “Having their solidarity and respect in writing is pure gold,” she said. “Their resistance helps ours.”
“We ask the Mohawk community to keep spreading their culture and supporting the struggles of oppressed peoples of
“I’m on my way out,” Ramos said, “but what will happen to my kids, grandkids?” The four delegates returned to
Fighting back against the mines in
Over 1,000 people descended on
to protest against the Security and Prosperity Partnership, here is one of their stories Montebello
By Misha Warbanski
On the outskirts of San Luis, the capital city of the Mexican state San Luis Potosi, Metallica Resources, a Canadian mining company, began full production of an open-pit gold and silver mine this past May. Concerned about the impact of the mine on the community, Mexican Citizen’s group the Broad Opposition Front (FAO) began mobilizing.
Five members of the FAO arrived at the Security and Prosperity Partnership two weeks ago in
According to a report from the non-governmental organization Mining Watch, a survey of people’s support indicated between 97 and 99 per cent of the population of San Luis were opposed to the mine.
Juan Carlos Ruiz
“What really lit people up was the issue of the water. Water is too rare there. What the hydrologists know now is that the water table of the aquifer is dropping five metres per year,” Ruiz
The mine’s own impact assessment indicated contamination will occur. The mine operation itself will use an estimated 32 million liters of water per day. To extract the mineral, cyanide is mixed with water and the solution is pumped over the ore.
The FAO is also worried about blasting so close to the town. The road to the mine is just a few hundred metres from the old
“They were doing this as a means to protect the town from the activity of this mine. This was in the very early years when the mine was just projected. That process of petitioning UNESCO has been politically interrupted,” says Ruiz
McGill history professor Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert has studied the region for many years. He began researching the history of the area around the Cerro de San Pedro, looking at the foundations, the history of mining and political struggles going right back to the 16th century.
“As a historian, I started with the beginning of his town to see how it developed. And what I’m realizing is I’m witnessing the end of this town as well,” says Studnicki-Gizbert. He says the Cerro de San Pedro’s importance is similar to
“Mount Royal is a place where Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve trucked up with the cross and founded the city of
The political heat is turning up for the FAO. A lawyer with the group, Enrique Riviera fled the country fearing for his freedom after Mexican authorities cracked down on protesters for handing out flyers and used the country’s anti-terrorism laws to apply severe sentencing. He is staying in
“The majority of Canadians have no idea what these companies are doing in
Opposition to the mine is growing in
Información de la lucha de Cerro de San Pedro en contra de
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