2018 WMAN Conference
September 27, 2018
Uniting for Healthier Lands, Waters and Future Generations, with host the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwepemc Nation, was held in Kamloops BC, Canada Sept. 27-29 at Thompson Rivers University. Nearly 200 delegates from the USA and Canada met for two days in Kamloops, B.C. to share knowledge about the increasing impacts of industrial mining, and to seek solutions to more effectively protect the environment and affected communities.
Over 40 invited speakers, experts, scientists, Indigenous, labour, environmental, and grassroots organizations provided the latest information on the development of mining impacts, regulations and policies in the US and Canada. Topics addressed included human health, water pollution, environmental assessments, perpetual care of mine wastes, financial securities for site clean-up, transparency and tax fairness, compliance and enforcement, gender impacts, and more.
The conference program also included tours of the Highland Valley Copper Mine, which is the largest copper mine in North America, and the Mount Polley mine area that was affected in 2014 by the massive tailings impoundment collapse and spill into the Quesnel Lake and River Watershed.