Extractivism, Community Responses and Social Justice Communications

Communities throughout the Americas are actively responding to mining and natural resource projects. They are not only saying “No” but putting forward alternative models of economic, cultural and political viability.

This presentation examines the ways that communities and their allies are using a panoply of educational and communications practices – from face to face community meetings to Facebook discussions and YouTube videos – to challenge corporate arguments, represent their own stories and perspectives, connect with allies in their own regions and across the globe, and construct new ideas, memes, identities and understandings.

RSVP here by June 30, 2017.

See the event poster here.

A light lunch will be provided.



Thank you to the Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education for their contribution to this seminar.


Dorothy Kidd photoThis seminar is presented Dr. Dorothy Kidd, University of San Francisco, Department of Media Studies. Dr. Kidd encountered the Canadian mining industry in the 1980s in a series of very different communications jobs. She printed the stock certificates for Vancouver’s junior exploration companies; researched the skills shortages in the mining industry for the BC Government; and witnessed the arrival of exploration companies while working for aboriginal communications organizations in northern Ontario and northern Labrador.

She now teaches media studies at the University of San Francisco. Her research combines political economy with social justice movement communications. One of her current projects investigates the communications use of communities responding to extractivism in North and South America.