COUNCIL OF CANADIANS & RIGHTS ACTION DEMAND SHUTDOWN OF GOLDCORP’S MARLIN MINE IN GUATEMALA

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

September 8, 2011

COUNCIL OF CANADIANS & RIGHTS ACTION DEMAND

SHUTDOWN OF GOLDCORP’S MARLIN MINE IN GUATEMALA

The Council of Canadians joins Rights Action and the community of San Miguel Ixtahuacan
in calling for the immediate closure of Goldcorp’s controversial Marlin Mine in
Guatemala.

“Companies like Goldcorp are tarring Canada’s reputation internationally,” says
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow. “The federal government has promoted
and supported the expansion of Canadian mining and investor interests around the
world, without regard for human rights or environmental impacts. Enough is enough.”

On September 6-7, Barlow traveled with Grahame Russell, of Rights Action, and a
group 14 others – including Mayan women from across Guatemala – to visit with Mayan
Mam communities and families of San Miguel Ixtahuacan, in western Guatemala, who
have been harmed by Goldcorp Inc’s mountain-top removal, open-pit, cyanide leaching
gold mine.

The Council of Canadians and Rights Action are demanding:

* that Goldcorp be compelled to shut down the Marlin Mine and to pay reparations
to the local people in Guatemala
* an expert, public and independent commission to be established to carry out a
full and impartial investigation into the environmental and health harms, and other
human rights violations related to Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine, that will then be publicly
reported on. The commission, based on its findings, should set out a complete reparations,
compensation and environment cleansing and restoration plan, and the Canadian government
should pay for the full, transparent implementation of this plan
* that the federal government ensure Canadian mining operations respect the right
to free, prior, informed consent (as recognized in the UN Declaration on the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples which Canada has signed
* that the right to water and the precautionary principle take precedence over the
profits of mining companies in Canada and abroad
* that the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (with its $256 million worth of
shares in Goldcorp) call for a closure of the mine

“Impunity in Guatemala – from the local to the national levels – is a well-documented,
devastating phenomenon that dates back generations, and continues today,” says Grahame
Russell of Rights Action. “However, the impunity with which Goldcorp operates is
not only a Guatemalan phenomenon. It is profoundly a Canadian phenomenon. The federal
government must step in to prevent similar abuses of other Canadian mining companies.”

For the Council of Canadians and Rights Action, based on considerable investigation
and documentation and based on the groups’ own investigations, there can be no question
that Goldcorp has caused and is causing widespread harms and violations. These harms
and violations have been caused directly and indirectly by Goldcorp Inc.’s cyanide
leaching, mountain-top removal, open pit gold mine.

The Council of Canadians and Rights Action delegation was received by ADISMI (Association
for the Integral Development of San Miguel Ixtahuacan), an organization of mining-harmed
communities and people that, since 2004, has been at the forefront of denouncing
and resisting the wide range of health and environmental harms and other human
rights violations caused directly and indirectly by Goldcorp’s mine.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

* Dylan Penner, media officer, Council of Canadians, 613-795-8685dpenner @canadians.org,
Twitter: @CouncilOfCDNs, www.canadians.org [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=v9oijwdab&et=1107529318728&s=2105&e=001SDQJPya-kbrP9eFis-xT2yH5O7oBpK_Jh1NQAHKMsNAxH2YR2rPw-iNfvxG2tre3zFcEPO6Du0va-kWE_rMqVDHkdtozIMrx-l0-t7DrxHQx7MZWEzJNrQ==]
* Grahame Russell, co-director, Rights Action, 860-352-2448info @rightsaction.org,
www.rightsaction.orgwww.facebook.com/RightsAction

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