Defending Land and Water in Peru. The Acuna Chaupe Family vs. the Newport Gold Mining Giant. Talk by Ysidora Chaupe Acuna
Defending Land and Water in Peru. The Acuña Chaupe Family vs. the Newport Gold Mining Giant.
Talk by Ysidora Chaupe Acuña
Wednesday, Oct. 24
2027 Ignat Kaneff Building, Osgoode Hall Law Shool
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
All are welcome!
Since 2011, Ysidora Chaupe Acuña and her family have been defending their family farm and four highland lakes against the expansion of Newmont Mining Corporation in the highlands of Cajamarca, Peru. The corporation wants to drain the lakes to get at the gold beneath them and to turn one into a tailings containment pool for storing biohazardous mining waste. A Peruvian court ruled in favour of the family in 2014, a U.S. Federal Court decided that it did not have jurisdiction in the case in 2017, and the family’s tenuous struggle against eviction continues in a country where 60 environmental activists have been reported killed in the past 10 years.
Sponsored by: Osgoode Hall Law School, the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean.