Thursday, September 11, 2014

    WHAT: short film and discussion with Jethro Tulin of Porgera Alliance in Papua New Guinea and Catherine Coumans of Mining Watch Canada WHEN: Thursday, Sept 11 6pm WHERE: Gallery 101 51b Young st, Ottawa Come meet Jethro Tulin, an organizer at the centre of a campaign against Barrick Gold in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Hear from Catherine Coumans of Mining Watch how this relates to a pattern of global impunity, as she reports back from her recent trip to Tanzania. Most importantly, learn how to support initiatives being done now to support the resettlement of Jethro's community, and justice for victims of Barrick's aggression in Tanzania and PNG. Bio for Jethro: Native to the highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Jethro Tulin is a popular organizer and founder of the Akali Tange Association (ATA), a human rights organization documenting abuses at the Porgera mine, owned by Toronto's Barrick Gold. Jethro has been organizing within and outside the Barrick's Porgera mine since its inception (then owned by Placer Dome. In 1989, he registered Porgera's first mine workers union and became its first secretary. Years later, after spending time abroad and involved in other aspects of Papua New Guinea's nascent union movement, Jethro returned to Porgera to find the situation with the mine and the surrounding villages had worsened dramatically. So, in 2003, he founded the ATA, which has operated in Porgera with an all-volunteer staff and material support from friends, victims' relatives, and even local businessmen and officials.
    Gallery 101 gratefully acknowledges the support of The City of Ottawa, The Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council for the Arts. Gallery 101 thanks Asinabka: Film & Media Arts Festival, Niigaan: In Conversation, members, volunteers, partners, and all our relations.