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Canadian mining and human rights

Canadian mining and human rights in Guatemala will be the topic of a talk by human rights lawyer Grahame Russell this Sunday, Nov. 21 (7 p.m.) at Self Design High.

Russell is the co-director of Rights Action, a Canadian NGO long engaged in community development, environment and human rights work throughout Central America.

“Another world is possible and necessary,” said Grahame.

He will provide examples of inspiring, courageous leadership and actions being taken throughout Central America to resist and combat these ills, actions that all of us can take part in, here in Canada.

Also speaking is Sinixt Nation spokesperson Marilyn James. More than a half century ago the Canadian government declared the Sinixt people extinct.

James is fighting to have her people reinstated and recognized as a First Nation. She speaks widely about this subject, and will be giving her blessing for Russell's talk.

The Selkirk Nursing experience in Guatemala has worked closely with Rights Action in two partner communities that are tremendously affected by the Canadian gold mine, Goldcorp.

Tour Sponsored by: USCC, SCSU Students for Social Justice, World Views at Noon, KRUNA, Amnesty International Nelson, Council of Canadians Nelson Chapter, and the Mir Centre for Peace.

Russell will also be presenting in Castlegar (Thursday, Nov. 25, 12 p.m. in The Pit at Selkirk College), Rossland, Grand Forks and Revelstoke the same week.

Self Design High is located on the second floor of the Royal Canadian Legion, 402 Victoria Street. Entrance is by donation.