Sustainable Mining, Environmental Justice, and the Human Rights of Women and Girls: Canada as Home and Host State
Environmental Justice, Sustainable Development
Resource extraction of minerals and metals is often touted as a pathway to sustainable development, especially for poor countries and communities of the Global South. While large-scale mining projects can bring with them certain benefits, and opportunities, they can also have significant detrimental impacts, particularly for Indigenous communities, who “often rely on natural resources that mining activities disrupt, threaten, or poison, and [who] have cultural and spiritual relationships to landscapes that may be destroyed or degraded.” For industrial mining to meet accepted understandings of sustainable development, it must be responsive to the concerns of local communities, including Indigenous peoples, and women, who must all have the opportunity to choose to actively participate in, and benefit from, mining development.
Sara Seck & Penelope Simons, “Sustainable Mining, Environmental Justice, and the Human Rights of Women and Girls: Canada as Home and Host State” in S Atapattu, C Gonzalez & S Seck, eds, The Cambridge Handbook on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).