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Opposing Canadian pipeline projects: Indigenous solidarity across borders

September 26, 2023
Join us in Ottawa on October 16 for a public talk with Indigenous delegates from communities in Mexico and Wet'suwet'en territory affected by TC Energy pipeline projects. Hear how they're pushing back in defence of their land against these pipelines being built by TC Energy with support from the Canadian government.
September 22, 2023
Above Ground is tracking the details of complaints to the CORE regarding alleged human rights abuses linked to specific Canadian companies. The CORE has released reports on eight complaints and is investigating seven of these. We will update this document with new information as it is announced.
August 4, 2023
Ottawa is poised to end a significant component of its support for fossil fuel companies. It unveiled last week its criteria to identify "inefficient" subsidies that can no longer be provided. Left intact, however, are billions of dollars in federal financing for oil and gas companies, and a phase-out plan for this support is facing delay.
March 2, 2023
Parliament will soon vote on Bill S-211, a corporate reporting law meant to "fight" forced and child labour in supply chains. Experts who’ve weighed in on the law have said it will do little, if anything, to achieve that aim.
February 14, 2023
How are Canadian firms responding to reports of forced labour in their supply chains? We asked dozens of companies whose suppliers have faced high-profile allegations of abuse. More than half of them didn’t reply.
December 15, 2022
Forced labour is widespread in the global production of dozens upon dozens of categories of goods, many of them imported into and sold in great quantities in Canada.
November 11, 2022
At last year’s UN climate conference in Glasgow, Canada joined dozens of countries in pledging to end its international public finance for fossil fuels by the end of 2022. With mere weeks remaining before the deadline, however, the government has yet to release its plan for implementing the commitment.
June 13, 2022
Problems in the construction of a hydroelectric dam financed in part by Canada led to a flooding disaster in northwestern Colombia in 2018, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Four years later, locals are still suffering the consequences, with no remedy from Canada in sight.
April 26, 2022
Broad support is building for due diligence legislation in Canada, placing the topic firmly within policy debates on Parliament Hill. Tomorrow human rights defenders from the Global South will remind us why such a law is urgently needed.