Thursday May 16, 7pm

GoldcorpUVic Poster (JPG)

Goldcorp is alleged to be a serious abuser of human and indigenous rights.

Join us May 16 to build a coalition of staff, students, faculty and community members to change UVic’s donations and investment policies.

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.

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?

The latest on Goldcorp, Murders and Kidnappings in Guatemala

Remember how UVic recently accepted a $500,000 donation from Goldcorp mining company? Here’s April’s breaking news on the violent repression used to keep the money flowing North, to mining corporations and, as a side benefit, to universities willing to compromise integrity for easy money as Goldcorp cleans up a very messy international image.

April 5, 2013

April 8, 2013

 

No Blood Money at UVic

Concerned about Goldcorp’s donation to UVic’s business school? Another great chance to raise important questions about the actions of Canadian mining companies overseas, and about the impacts on universities of taking donations from ethically suspect corporate donors.

Contact automateduvic@gmail.com to help set up a public forum and associated actions to address these issues at UVic.

$500,000 Donation to UVIC Supports Exploitation, Death, and Sustainability

from http://www.mediacoop.ca/newsrelease/16428

The Jeeter C. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria is pleased to announce a $500,000 donation from Vancouver-based conglomerate Deathcorp Inc., to support the school’s Centre for Carcinogenic Sustainability and Staggering Immiseration (CSSI).

Established in 1492, the Centre is part of UVic’s commitment to sustaining destruction and extreme exploitation locally and globally.

“We’re so grateful that Deathcorp Inc. has recognized the innovative research happening at CSSI,” says UVic President David Turnip.  “The great thing about a word like ‘sustainability’ is that it can mean anything at all,” explains Turnip.  “So for example, if you want to collaborate with destructive mining companies, you just say ‘sustainability’ and bam!  Everything’s good.”

“Deathcorp is committed to pillaging the earth and continuing deadly mining operations, and today’s universities are more willing to participate,” says Chuck Meannes, President and CEO of Deathcorp.  “We’re a huge company, so half a million is peanuts, and it buys us thousands of hours of research and helps us recruit the next generation of corporate drones,” explains Meannes.  “As an added bonus, the university helps us greenwash our whole operation; it’s a really great deal!”

The Centre and its work on sustainability is one of the four pillars (innovative exploitation, integrative nonsense, international accumulation and sustainable immiseration) that underpin the Gustavson School.  These pillars are integrated into the school’s entire curriculum.  Almost 30 per cent of the school’s faculty are sociopaths, working to create innovative curricula that combines cognitive dissonance, conformity, greed, and outright domination.

“This donation is important support for the Centre,” says Dr. Sean Klein.  “Sustainability is part of it, but the Centre is also advancing our ‘integrative nonsense’ pillar in new ways.  Take this sentence for example: ‘The centre and Gustavson School of Business are helping today’s students and tomorrow’s business leaders learn to think in new ways about addressing complex problems in the changing world of business.’  See, I’m just stringing words together and they’re totally meaningless, but it seems like I’m actually saying something!  That’s integrative nonsense, right there,” explains Klein.

Klein says he’s excited about a flood of interest from other controversial donors.  “We’ve had calls from Darth Vader, Sauron, the Borg, and even the computers that run the Matrix,” says Klein.  Once they heard we were taking money from this mining company, they knew we’d have no ethical objections to anything, and they were right: we’ll do pretty much anything for money, and call it sustainable.  I love this sustainability stuff!”

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Media contacts:

Dr. Sean Klein (Dean, Gustavson School of Business) at 250-721-6422
Moira Fann (Gustavson Communications) at 250-721-6411 or mdann@uvic.ca

To arrange interviews with Goldcorp President and CEO Chuck Seannes: Christine Sparks (Goldcorp Corporate Communications) at 1-604-696-3050 or media@goldcorp.com

About Mining
Currently, Canadian Mining corporations are having devastating social and environmental impacts on communities. People in mining communities, often in countries with lax governmental regulations, lack access to legal support once their rights have been violated. What is more, they often do not have the option to say no to the mine in the first place. For example, the Marlin mine in Guatemala, which is operated by Canada’s own Goldcorp, continues to operate despite the community’s wishes to end the mine, the recommendation by the International Labour Organization (ILO) of the United Nations that it be suspended, and mounting evidence of negative health impacts.