UnderMining Indigenous Rights: Pan American Silver in Guatemala

November 20, 2019

Panel Presentation with Luis Fernando Garcia Monroy, Xinka Parliament delegate

Wednesday, November 20, 6:00PM–8:00PM, Room 2270, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities, Amnesty InternationalBreaking the Silence (BTS)Bows & Arrows Coffee RoastersCoDevelopment CanadaEarthworksInstitute for Policy Studies (IPS)MiningWatch CanadaMining Injustice Solidarity NetworkMining Justice Alliance (Vancouver), Mining Justice Action Committee (Victoria), Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)Students for Mining Justice (UBC), Sum of Us

For nearly a decade, the Indigenous Xinka people in Guatemala have peacefully opposed the Canadian-owned Escobal silver mine--in defense of their lands, waters, and way of life. For their resistance, Xinka community members have been killed and jailed. Some have been forced to abandon their homes and land.

In 2017, community direct action stopped activity at the mine. Shortly after, the Guatemalan courts recognized that the Guatemalan government discriminated against the Xinka and ordered the state to consult them. Incredibly, the Escobal mine--one of the largest silver mines in the world--was suspended mid operation.

In February 2019, the halted Escobal mine was purchased by Vancouver-based mining giant Pan American Silver.

Now, instead of implementing the open, inclusive consultation process promised in the court ruling, the Guatemalan government appears to be working in the interests of the Canadian mining company--by fast tracking an exclusionary, potentially illegal process aimed at reopening the mine without the Xinka people or their consent. 

On November 20th and 21st, delegates of the Indigenous Xinka Parliament will visit Vancouver to share their stories of resistance to Canadian mining, to communicate their longstanding practices of self-determined development, and to call on Vancouver-based Pan American Silver to Stop UnderMining Indigenous Rights! Drop the Escobal Mine!

Please join us! 


Luis Fernando García Monroy is from the San Rafael las Flores, Santa Rosa region in Guatemala and has been active in the resistance to the Escobal mine for nearly a decade. Luis, his father, and other community members were shot outside the mine while participating in a peaceful protest in 2013. He was a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Tahoe Resources, which was concluded earlier this year. Currently, he works as a paralegal and community organizer with the Xinka Parliament.


SFU Harbour Centre is wheelchair accessible via the main entrance off Hastings Street. Room 2270 is on the second floor, which can be accessed by elevator in the east corridor of the building. The room has tiered seating which is not wheelchair accessible, however a wheelchair or scooter can be accommodated on the main level of the room. Accessible women’s, men’s and gender neutral washrooms are located on the second floor. Additional gender neutral washrooms are on the main floor. 

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