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Taking the Fight to the Alcan Suits! Announcement from "Alcan't in India" campaign

Published by MAC on 2004-04-09

We Can Win This! Taking the Fight to the Alcan Suits!

Announcement from "Alcan't in India" campaign

9 April 2004

Massive mobilization and march to urge Alcan executives and shareholders to pull out of a destructive mining project in Kashipur, India. This is our ONE big chance to make the demands of those in Kashipur be heard by the people that have the power to decide!

Let's be loud and clear on Thursday April 22nd!


The Alcan't in India campaign, supporting the indigenous and low-caste peoples of Kashipur in their work to protect their homes and lives from an Alcan-backed bauxite mine, is organizing a series of events around Alcan's Annual General Meeting (see below for details on the issue).

Documentary film-maker and activist Angad Bhalla, who has made the film "UAIL Go Back" about the issue in Kashipur, will be returning from India with fresh video testimonials from the peoples of Kashipur as well as with banners, placards and other materials to be demonstrated on the streets of Montreal. Frederic Dubois, an independent journalist who travelled to the region in February 2004 and interviewed many leaders and participants of the massive anti-mining movement, will be sharing his experiences and perspectives. Finally Abhimanyu Sud, a member of the Montreal-based Alcan't in India campaign will discuss Alcan's proposed operations in Kashipur in the context of the multinational's operations in Quebec, British Columbia and the rest of the world.

This is your opportunity to support the 60 000 peoples of Kashipur whose lives are threatened by the 100% export-oriented mining and refining project. Your presence at the demonstration outside the Alcan general assembly can stop this destructive project! WE CAN WIN THIS! Together we can take the honest message of the peoples of Kashipur directly to Alcan.

You can learn more about the history of struggle around Kashipur at the teach-in several days before the demonstration.



Thursday April 22nd 2004: 9:30am-12:00pm

Centre Mont-Royal, ready to make noise at 9:30am
2200 Mansfield Street, Montreal (between Sherbrooke and de Maisonneuve)

*Kashipur Solidarity TEACH-IN*

Saturday April 17th 2004: 2pm ­ 4pm

South Asian Women's Community Centre
1035 Rachel Est, 3rd floor (corner Christophe-Colomb)


Tuesday April 20th 2004: 10:30am-12pm

School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University
2149 Mackay Street, basement (between Sherbrooke and de Maisonneuve)

For more info, contact:

Abhimanyu Sud
(514) 398-7432


The Alcan't in India project is developing a long-term solidarity relationship with the indigenous and low-caste peoples of the Kashipur region in Orissa, India. For twelve years now the peoples of Kashipur have been struggling to stop a massive bauxite mining and refining project on their land in which the Montreal-based aluminum corporation Alcan has a 45% share. It is estimated that tens of thousands of peoples in Orissa could be displaced by bauxite mining and refining projects in the coming years. The mine and refinery will destroy their ancestral homelands, their spiritual sites, their clean water, clean food, their very culture for the sake of a 100% export-oriented aluminum project. The rest of the investment is controlled by Indal, the Indian Aluminum Corporation, which is a former Alcan subsidiary. As a solidarity group, our primary objectives are to support the developmental objectives laid out by the peoples of Kashipur themselves. Their three primary objectives include: cancellation of all mining treaties with various aluminum corporations, development of small scale irrigation structures, and development of medical and educational facilities in accord with their culture. Being so close to the headquarters and operations of a major investor in this proposal, the Alcan't in India project is best position to support the first objective of cancellation of mining treaties.

On Peut Gagner ! Portons la Lutte Jusqu'aux Propriétaires d'Alcan !

Mobilisation massive et marche pour demander aux directeurs et actionnaires d'ALCAN de se retirer du projet de mine qui menace la région du Kashipur, en Inde.

Ceci est notre chance de faire entendre les demandes des habitants du Kashipur à ceux qui ont le pouvoir de décider!

Parlons fort et soyons clairs, le jeudi 22 avril !


Solidaire des communautés indigènes et hors-caste du Kashipur dans leur lutte pour protéger leur habitat et leurs vies contre un mégaprojet de mine de bauxite financé par ALCAN, la campagne ALCAN't en Inde, organise une série d'événements ciblant l'assemblée générale des actionnaires d'ALCAN.

Le documentariste et activiste Angad Bhalla, qui a tourné le film UAIL Go Back, sur les enjeux du Kashipur, sera de retour d'Inde avec de récents témoignages d'habitants du Kashipur. Il apportera aussi des bannières et des affiches qui seront déployées dans les rues de Montréal.

Frédéric Dubois, journaliste indépendant qui a voyagé dans la région en février dernier, a interviewé plusieurs leaders et participants du mouvement populaire d'opposition aux mines. Il partagera son expérience et ses perspectives.

Finalement, Abhimanyu Sud, membre de la campagne montréalaise ALCAN't en Inde, parlera des projets d'ALCAN au Kashipur, dans le contexte des activités multinationales qui ont cours au Québec, en Colombie-Britannique et dans le reste du monde.

Ceci est votre opportunité de prêter support aux quelques 60 000 habitants du Kashipur dont les vies sont menacées par un projet de mine et de raffinerie orienté à 100% sur l'exportation.

Votre présence à cette manifestation à l'extérieur de l'assemblée générale des actionnaires d'ALCAN peut arrêter ce projet destructeur.


Ensemble nous pouvons porter le message des habitants du Kashipur directement à ALCAN.

Vous pouvez en apprendre plus sur l'histoire des luttes au Kashipur lors du teach-in, plusieurs jours avant la manifestation.



Jeudi 22 avril 2004: 9h30-12h00

Centre Mont-Royal
2200 rue Mansfield (entre Sherbrooke et de Maisonneuve)


Samedi 17 avril 2004: 14h00-16h00

Centre Communautaire des Femmes Sud-Asiatiques
1035 Rachel est, 3eme étage (coin Christophe-Colomb)


Mardi 20 avril 2004: 10h30-12h00

École des Affaires Publiques et Communautaires de l'université Concordia
2149 rue Mackay, sous-sol (entre Sherbrooke et de Maisonneuve)

Pour plus d'infos:

Abhimanyu Sud
(514) 398-7432

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