Indigenous Resistance to the Mining Industry
I just put together this video for a presentation at OCIC’s AGM. This is a compilation of the various projects I have been working on for the past six years. Featuring the voices and experiences of over a dozen affected Indigenous communities, from five continents, who are in the process of resisting Canadian mining projects.
About 75 people participated in protests against Barrick Gold outside the company’s annual general meeting this year. The meeting comes at a time when Barrick is embroiled in community conflicts around the globe. In Porgera, Papua New Guinea and the Dominican Republic, communities are desperately seeking resettlement away from Barrick’s mines. Meanwhile, villagers in Tanzania […]
“The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being…” – World Health Organization The health tribunal used community testimony, scientific research and human rights organization’s knowledge to examine how the presence of Goldcorp’s mining operations have affected community residents. Over 600 people were in attendance […]
Toronto 8/6/12 – Grassy Narrows people, accompanied by hundreds of supporters, deployed 15,000 square feet of blue fabric in the streets of Toronto to create a wild river flowing to Queen’s Park, where they will demand long overdue justice for their people and protection for the waters and forests on which they depend. Fifty years […]
I’ve just started a new project working with the Neskantaga First Nation (pronounced Nish-kahn-tga). Formerly known as Lansdown House Indian Band, Neskanta FN is a remote Oji-Cree community in northern Ontario at the headwaters of the Attawapiskat River. The community is deeply worried about how their traditional way of life will be impacted by the […]
26/04/12 – While Goldcorp held their Annual General Meeting in Timmins, Ontario, about thirty solidarity activists gathered outside Goldcorp’s offices in Toronto. They said they wanted to make sure people hear about Goldcorp’s shameful human rights and environmental record at its mine sites, particularly the Marlin Mine in San Miguel Ixtahuacan, Guatemala. Organized by Amnesty […]
06.03.2012 – A large and diverse group of over a hundred people gathered outside the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Convention today. Leading the protests was a group of community representatives from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation. KI Councilors are rallying with hundreds of supporters while members of the remote Indigenous Nation mobilize […]
I haven’t been doing a very good job at keeping this blog updated. I have several projects on the go right now, so I thought it would be a good idea to put together a review of everything I have been working on for the past few months. I am working on editing these projects […]
Here is a another peek at some of my recent photos from Tanzania. These are from a project I was working on with the Norwegian Church Aid about Village Community Banking. I’m in the process of editing the photos and writing up the stories right now, the final report should be ready shortly. “VICOBA is […]
I’m in Tanzania right now working on a few different projects with the Norwegian Church Aid. Here is a small selection of images from my time here so far. These are from a photoessay I am putting together about VICOBA – Village Community Banking. “VICOBA is structured in such a way that poor people, especially […]
New Gold is a Canadian mining company operating gold and silver mines in the United States, Mexico, Australia. The company is also involved in projects and exploration in Canada and Chile. Shareholders were confronted by about 30 protestors at New Gold’s anual general meeting in Toronto. New Gold is accused of operating an illegal mine […]
This is a slideshow I made in 2004 when I was working with GlobalAware Independent Media. Af-flu-ence (af’looens) noun – abundance of money, and other material goods; wealth: to live in affluence. Its deadly and mind-numbing effects are devastating communities world wide. It is the driving force behind many of today’s environmental problems. It places […]
SACRED FIRE BURNING AT QUEEN’S PARK FOR OTTAWA’S SOUTH MARCH HIGHLANDS (Toronto) Daniel Amikwabe Bernard, Algonquin Firekeeper, kept a Sacred Fire burning at Queen’s Park from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th February urging the province to halt tree-clearing and to promote understanding about Ottawa’s most important ecological and cultural heritage areas. The South March Highlands are one […]
February 8, 2011 SACRED FIRE BURNING AT QUEEN’S PARK FOR OTTAWA’S SOUTH MARCH HIGHLANDS (Toronto) Daniel Amikwabe Bernard, Algonquin Firekeeper, is keeping a Sacred Fire burning at Queen’s Park from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th February to urge the province to halt tree-clearing and to promote understanding about Ottawa’s most important ecological and cultural heritage areas. The […]
Members of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) explain why they went to Cancun, Mexico, to show their opposition to false solutions being negotiated at the the Conference of the Parties 16 of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. Produced by Praxis Pictures in collaboration with the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) to profile IEN’s RED […]
Rough Cut. Sights and sounds from the streets of Cancun, Mexico, highlighting indigenous resistance to false solutions to climate change being pushed by wealthy nations and business interests. More to come… More of my work from COP16 Cancun HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE
Protests Inside and Outside COP-16 Climate Summit Expose the Corrupt COP Process, Uphold Cochabamba People’s Agreement as Path towards Real Solutions Indigenous Environmental Network and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance march with thousands in Cancun to Demand Respect for Indigenous Rights and a Rejection of REDD by Orin Langelle, Global Justice Ecology Project, and the Indigenous […]
From La Via Campesina: The global forum “For Life, Environmental and Social Justice” has begun (Cancún, 5 December 2010) One idea dominated the opening and first working day of the global forum “For Life, Environmental and Social Justice”, organized by La Via Campesina and its allies at their camp in Cancún: we must foil the […]
(Cancun, December 4) With the COP16 UN Climate Conference already under way, La Via Campesina has organized an international caravan transporting people from all over Mexico to Cancun. “The sixth Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16) is already seen as a failure” stated Alberto Gomez from La […]
Cancun, Mexico – Indigenous peoples are on the front lines of the impacts of climate change whether they live on islands or in coastal areas, the Arctic, the deserts, urban areas forests or mountain regions, and their situation is dire. I’m in Cancun now working with the Indigenous Environmental Network, over the next two weeks […]
Allan Lissner is an award-winning independent photographer and filmmaker who was raised in Ethiopia, Liberia, USA, Nepal, Lithuania, Denmark, Jordan, Bangladesh and Canada.
For the past six years Allan has been working on collaborative multimedia projects with remote indigenous communities, documenting their efforts to protect their territories and preserve their ways of life. This ongoing work includes projects with over a dozen communities in the Philippines, Guatemala, Tanzania, Papua New Guinnea, Australia, Chile and Canada.
Some of the organizations Allan has done work with include Amnesty International, GlobalAware, the Indigenous Environmental Network, KAIROS, Oxfam, Make Poverty History, the Norwegian Church Aid, the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, the United Nations Development Program, and the United Nations Women’s Association in Bangladesh.