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Human rights ombudsperson will bring long-awaited accountability to Canadian mining

By Jennifer Henry      

The government has an opportunity to entrust the ombudsperson with the responsibility to ensure that the rights of women and girls are respected, that resource extraction does not result in increased gender-based violence, and that the unique perspective and concerns of women are taken into account when resource extraction projects are being considered.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, pictured in this file photo on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Nenita Andes Condez risked her life to visit Canada last spring. She was part of a KAIROS tour of Philippine leaders seeking accountability for mining operations from Canadians and government officials. Nenita is an Indigenous Subanen leader from the Philippine island of Mindanao. She advocates for her people in the face of complaints of human rights violations and ecological damage caused by the actions of Canadian mining companies.

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