The Western Mining Action Network provides opportunities for locally-based citizen groups and activists in the US and Canada to network: sharing mining related information, tools and resources. More than 400 individuals and organizations, from racially and economically diverse communities in the U.S.A. and Canada, participate in WMAN.
Resource extraction impacts Indigenous communities disproportionately. Indigenous and Non-indigenous allies seek to stand together in solidarity to tackle mining issues.
Resource extraction contributes 53%, more than half of the world’s carbon emissions, and also causes 80% of biodiversity loss, from both mining and oil/gas development (United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report by the International Resource Panel, Global Resources Outlook 2019: Natural Resources for the Future We Want).
New mining claims, exploration, and extractive development projects spring up all over Turtle Island from the Ring of Fire in Ontario to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, as well as the demand for rare-earth minerals. These projects affect indigenous communities in disproportionate ways — social, environmental, cultural and spiritual.
WMAN Indigenous Caucus
The Indigenous Caucus was founded when Tribes / First Nations and community groups, including the Indigenous Environmental Network, began to participate in WMAN. Indigenous Peoples needed a separate space to gather and discuss mining impacts, to strategize and help one another and this led to the 1st Indigenous Caucus meeting at the WMAN Biennial Conference in 2002.
The Indigenous Caucus of the Western Mining Action Network exists as a critical forum for Indigenous Peoples to network, build relationships, and address the problems facing Indigenous communities due to hard rock mining. Our project provides much needed technical, legal, scientific information on mining to tribal leaders, non-profit community groups/orgs, tribal environmental staff and frontline community members who address the social and cultural impacts of hard rock mining on or near their territories and homelands. The Indigenous Caucus within WMAN provides a separate space to network, organize, coordinate and plan- as Indigenous Peoples with a united voice- to protect the Mother Earth and sacred/culturally important sites.
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