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Letters and Statements

G8 Letter

We write to you as you prepare to attend the 34th meeting of the G8, to take place from July 7-9, in Hokkaido, Japan. This meeting of the world’s most powerful leaders always creates high expectations for achieving progress in addressing some of the planet’s most daunting problems. This year, 2008, presents no exception. Read more about G8 Letter

Letter in support of land rights for indigenous peoples

The indigenous communities of the Makuxi, Wapichana, Taurepang, Patamona and Ingarikó peoples are undergoing a time of great difficulty at the time of the announcement of a reduction of the indigenous land Raposa/Serra do Sol by the Federal Supreme Court. As you know, the Court approved a legal action suspending the removal of non-indigenous people from the reserve. Read more about Letter in support of land rights for indigenous peoples

Letter to Excellency Ambassador Manuel Estuardo Roldán

We have received reports that on Monday, March 31, in the city of San Marcos, a religious sister experienced an act of intimidation by several people in a vehicle who blocked her way and told her to deliver a death threat to Mons. Ramazzini. This is not the first threat that he has received, nor is he alone. In the past year, several of his co-workers have also received threats. As you may know, Mons. Ramazzini is well-known and admired by many Canadians. He last visited this city in 2005, meeting the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and local parishes. Read more about Letter to Excellency Ambassador Manuel Estuardo Roldán

Letter to Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper re: Corporate Social Responsibility

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of a landmark date in the history of corporate social responsibility in Canada. On March 29, 2007 a ten month long process of roundtable discussions and public consultation terminated in the release of a consensus report of the mining industry, academia, civil society organizations and labour, entitled, “The Final Report of the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries.” As you know, the roundtable process involved representatives of eight federal government ministries and was preceded by several years of Parliamentary Committee study and recommendations wherein Canadian politicians attempted to grapple with these important concerns. The Report’s 27 consensus recommendations provided your government with a road map forward so that Canada might overcome the challenges to its reputation as a respectful and lawful member of the international community which does all in its power to ensure its companies assume the highest standards of corporate practices. Read more about Letter to Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper re: Corporate Social Responsibility

Letter to VANOC

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of a landmark date in the history of corporate social responsibility in Canada. On March 29, 2007 a ten month long process of roundtable discussions and public consultation terminated in the release of a consensus report of the mining industry, academia, civil society organizations and labour, entitled, “The Final Report of the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Canadian Extractive Industry in Developing Countries.” As you know, the roundtable process involved representatives of eight federal government ministries and was preceded by several years of Parliamentary Committee study and recommendations wherein Canadian politicians attempted to grapple with these important concerns. The Report’s 27 consensus recommendations provided your government with a road map forward so that Canada might overcome the challenges to its reputation as a respectful and lawful member of the international community which does all in its power to ensure its companies assume the highest standards of corporate practices. Read more about Letter to VANOC

Letter to His Excellency Valdemar Carneiro Leao

It has come to our attention that your government is developing a massive water diversion project on the São Francisco River, and that this project is opposed by many people and organizations of the region. We write to ask that you inform the appropriate Brazilian authorities of our deep concern that the project is moving forward without appropriate dialogue with, much less the consent of, the very people whose livelihoods will be most affected. Read more about Letter to His Excellency Valdemar Carneiro Leao

Second letter request to adopt the consensus recommendations of the Report of the Roundtables on Extractive Industries

On September 17, 2007, the Congregation’s Leadership Team, based in Montreal, sent a letter to the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, asking him to take immediate action to adopt the consensus recommendations of the Report from the Roundtables on Extractive Industries. Read more about Second letter request to adopt the consensus recommendations of the Report of the Roundtables on Extractive Industries

Letter request to adopt the consensus recommendations of the Report of the Roundtables on Extractive Industries

On March 12, 2007, the members of the Leadership Team of the Congrégation de Notre- Dame, based in Montreal, asked Canada’s federal government to adopt the consensus recommendations of the Report of the Roundtables on Extractive Industries. The letter is reproduced below: Read more about Letter request to adopt the consensus recommendations of the Report of the Roundtables on Extractive Industries

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