Supporting Communities Affected by Mining

More than 300 organizations, from racially and economically diverse communities, participate in WMAN- the Western Mining Action Network.  WMAN provides opportunities for locally-based citizen groups in the US and Canada to educate themselves, influence decision making, and cooperate to create positive social change that goes beyond the boundaries of any one location or issue.

Please join us for the WMAN/LEAD Agency 2020 Virtual Conference titled “Addressing Mining and Systemic Racism: Staying Connected During a Pandemic” October 19-30 for 90-120 minute informative online sessions.

Due to COVID-19, WMAN is hosting this virtual conference in lieu of the previoulsy planned 2020 Biennial Conference.

Free registration here

WMAN/LEAD Virtual Conference Opening Session & Virtual Tour of Tar Creek Superfund Site (Ottawa County, Oklahoma) | Monday, October 19, 10am AK / 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET / 3pm AT 

Tar Creek, What Can Go Wrong? Forty Years Using an Outdated Conceptual Site Model | Wednesday, October 21, 10am AK / 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET / 3pm AT 

Addressing Systemic Racism While Addressing Mining Issues | Friday, October 23, 10am AK / 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET / 3pm AT 

Mine Safety: Lessons Not Learned – Coming Disasters – Technical & Community Perspectives | Monday, October 26, 10am AK / 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET / 3pm AT 

Mining Health Impacts & Systemic Racism | Wednesday, October 28, 10am AK / 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET / 3pm AT 

Social Isolation & Covid: How Governments & Industry Use the Pandemic to Promote Resource Extraction and Closing Remarks – Dodadagohv’i (Until I See You Again) | Friday, October 30, 10am AK / 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET / 3pm AT 

Please join us for our regularly scheduled Free Citizen Lecture Series

WMAN hosts a series of free informational webinars and conference calls. These webinars and calls give WMAN participants access to expertise and updates on current issues facing mining-impacted communities.

2020 Hot Topics and Resource Media Webinars and Lectures:

Building Strategic Alliances Panel Discussion| Wednesday, October 14, at 12 p.m. PST

Join us  to hear from David Brooks of Montana Trout Unlimited (Smith River, Montana); Gayle Hartmann, Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (Rosemont Mine, Arizona); Henry Munoz, Concerned Citizens & Retired Miners Coalition (Oak Flat – Superior, Arizona); and John Perkins, Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia, SuNNS, and Hannah Martin, Mi’kmaw and a member of the Millbrook First Nation community – Warwick Mountain gold mine, Canada). They share how their relationship-building and organizing work, coupled with thoughtful communications, helped them build broad alliances to fight bad mine proposals or successfully pursue policy reforms. Panelists will offer several different roadmaps for how they built fruitful strategies to help protect their communities, cultures, lands and waters. Learn about their hard work, creativity and dedication, while building unique bridges across their communities – from business owners to farmers and ranchers to recreationists – that demonstrated broad-based public support that moves decision-makers.

Ask a Reporter Session | Thursday, August 6, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. PST

Join Tom Banse from the Northwest News Network and National Public Radio for a one-hour session on learning the ins and outs of working with the media. You’ll hear what journalists need from people pitching stories and ideas, and what flies and what dies with their editors. Beyond hearing what reporters need from you and what makes a good story, come to this session to learn what reporters like to see in a good spokesperson for an issue. If time is available at the end, come ready to pitch your latest story idea and get feedback from Tom. If all goes well, you may land a future interview and story on NPR! The webinar is free for WMAN members and their staff colleagues thanks to funding by the True North Foundation.

Eight best practices in graphic design and layout | Wednesday, July 1, at 10 a.m. PST

First impressions matter. The design of every online or printed material you push out is part of that instant first impression of your organization. Whether you are in charge of design, or give input to the person who does that within your group, Liz will walk you through eight best practices that you can pull out of your back pocket during your next review session. You’ll be lookin’ good after this webinar!

Data visualization | Wednesday, June 10, from 10-11:00 a.m. Pacific time.

“Flattening the curve” is 2020’s most infamous data visualization and provided an aha moment for millions of Americans at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Data visualization is about telling the story behind the numbers and offers a powerful tool for communicating on your issue. Join Liz Banse from Resource Media as she runs through 9 best practices when presenting data through visualization formats like charts and graphs. We’ll talk about how to choose the right formats that allow you to easily uncover meaningful patterns, correlations and outliers, and other insights that allow you to discover new things, uncover trends over time, draw conclusions and make informed decisions. We’ll also go over some stumbling points in data visualization for you to look out for when reviewing others, or creating your own data visualizations.

An Introduction to Virtual Meetings and Equitable Facilitation Techniques | Tuesday, May 19, from 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific time.

Please join Liz Banse from Resource Media for an introduction to virtual meetings and equitable facilitation techniques. In this webinar, we will share best practices and a variety of tips on how to conduct engaging, accessible and equitable virtual meetings. We will share best practices for facilitation, including effective icebreaker ideas, how to encourage attendee involvement and input, and decision-making processes in a virtual setting. Keeping the limitations of virtual meetings in mind, participants will consider what has made their in-person community events effective and identify ways to recreate versions of authenticity, relationship-building and care virtually.

A Dialogue on Western Transboundary Watersheds and the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 |Thursday May 14, 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time

In this “Hot Topics” webinar, presented by Salmon Beyond Borders, members of the U.S. – Canada International Joint Commission will provide an overview of the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 and the mandate of the International Joint Commission. Following this overview, Indigenous leadership and key stakeholders will provide perspectives on the U.S.-B.C. transboundary mining issue, and dialogue with each other and the Commissioners on perspectives, challenges, and opportunities.

Panelists will include:
Commissioner Merrell-Ann Phare
Commissioner Rob Sisson
President Richard Peterson, Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Chairwoman Shelly Fyant, Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe of Montana
Chairman Gary Aitken Jr., Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Chairwoman Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation
Allen Edzerza, First Nations Energy and Mining Council
Tis Peterman, Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission
Erin Sexton, University of Montana
Jill Weitz, Salmon Beyond Borders (moderator)

Communications and media relations choices and challenges during this time of crisis | Tuesday, April 7,  11 a.m. Pacific Time

For those of us working in the nonprofit communications space, a crisis like COVID-19 calls on us to be responsive to a rapidly changing media landscape and identify opportunities to responsibly uplift — or hold off on pushing out — messages and content that advance our work. How can WMAN members effectively get their message out? What is the right tone to use? Should we shift all of our messaging to connect to COVID-19? We will share examples of current partners and how they are managing communications strategies, and will delve deeply into messaging angles, opportunities and challenges in the hard rock mining space, especially in light of moves by the U.S. EPA and others to “take advantage” of the crisis to push through ill-thought-out proposals, pollution and other pandemonium. Led by Resource Media with funding from the True North Foundation.

To inquire about participation in our webinars, contact Mary at: