Join us as we engage in a round table discussion about the structural nature of the damage inflicted by large Canadian mining corporations on communities in the Dominican Republic. Featuring a special preview screening of Mining Morality Canada's documentary, The Weight Of Gold. Stay posted for updates as we confirm our guest speakers.
This event represents a re-design of our original intent to host three members from grassroots organization La Federación de Campesinos Hacia el Progreso (based in the Dominican Republic) on March 19. The delegates were told that there was insufficient evidence that they would not attempt to stay in Canada as illegal residents. This was despite the fact that their visa applications were accompanied by letters of support from three of Canada’s largest and most reputable universities, who outlined their itineraries and reasons for travel. The Dominican delegates are well-known environmental and social activists in their country. Canada does not currently provide a welcoming environment for such voices of resistance and dissent.
This is a disturbing example of the unjust nature of international borders and immigration. Every day, hundreds of Canadian tourists are permitted to enter the Dominican Republic, and can remain without a visa for a period of up to three months. Beyond the beach, Dominican farmers who are working for development and environmental protection in their country are marked as unfit for entry into Canada.
Doors Open at 6:00PM • Discussion Begins at 6:30PM
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this is a free event • accessible space • all-gender washrooms available • refreshments served
569 Spadina Ave
Toronto, ON M5S 2J7
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