Blood Money at UVic? Film and Panel

May 16


In February, UVic’s School of Business accepted $500,000 from Goldcorp. Goldcorp is alleged to be a serious abuser of human and indigenous rights. Find out more at this panel and film screening, and help form a student/faculty/staff/community coalition to change UVic donation/investment practices.

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013
  • 7:00pm until 9:00pm

Film: “The Business of Gold” in Guatemala (50 minutes) documents the resistance of the Mayan-Mam people of San Miguel Ixtahuacan against Canadian mining company Goldcorp Inc.

Speakers: Heather Tufts (Mining Justice Action Committee), Andrew Fortune (Divest UVic), Lorenzo Magzul (Indigenous Guatemalan), Mark Willson (Automated UVic)

In February 2013, UVic’s School of Business announced that they had received a $500,000 donation from Vancouver-based resource firm Goldcorp Inc. to support the school’s Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI). In the media release announcing the donation, Chuck Jeannes, President and CEO of Goldcorp, states that “Goldcorp is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we are located….Our investment in the CSSI aligns with our commitment to operating sustainably, acting responsibly and to growing educational opportunities for young people.”

There is a lot of evidence that Goldcorp is not a sustainable, responsible, good neighbour to the communities in which they operate. Indigenous communities in Central America are involved in ongoing and at times violent struggles with Goldcorp. This donation raises serious questions that need to be addressed:

  • What is Goldcorp’s relationship with, and impact on, indigenous communities in Guatemala?
  • Should UVic accept donations from (and invest in) companies with poor records of responsible social, economic, political, labor, and environmental activities, particularly in their relationships with indigenous communities at home and abroad?
  • How are such decisions arrived at, and approved by, UVic, and what needs to be changed?
  • What does accepting such donations do to our existing research and educational relationships with the communities involved in such struggles here and abroad?

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