Starting Dialogue on Canadian Mining
The Missionary Oblates in Canada are expanding their work to reduce the negative impact mining is having on the environment.
In February the Oblates’ Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Office in Canada sponsored a dialogue on the ethical dimensions of the extractive industries in light of Catholic social teaching.
Brother Leonard Rego, O.M.I., Director of the JPIC office in Canada, explains that many Canadian mining companies are among the most blatant violators of human rights, environment protection and anti-corruption laws. The impact is not only felt in Canada but throughout the world because most mining companies based in Canada operate mines in foreign countries.
“The poisoning of creation, the destruction of the environment and climate change are crucial issues facing us,” said Bro. Rego. “As responsible stewards, we are called to work together to heal the ravages caused by the greed and selfishness of industry and ultimately our own selves.”
The event was an opportunity for open discussion about Pope Francis’s call for change in the mining practice of modern industries. The event was not only a chance to point out violations of the mining industry, but also a chance to work together to find alternatives for change and better practices.