Barrick Gold and the 10 Most Influential Canadian Hispanics

Last year I came across a press release for the “1o Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” initiative that mentioned Barrick Gold as one of the sponsors. I have not seen this mining company mentioned in this year’s ceremonies. Needless to say the affiliation took me aback considering the destructive practices of Canadian mining companies throughout Latin America and the rest of the Third World. It is like Barrick Gold is congratulating itself for its complicity in the overarching colonial practices of extraction and displacement that have abetted the wave of “Hispanics” in Canada…

No one has seem to catch on to this affiliation. It’s been a conveniently overlooked “detail” within the Latin American community in Canada, particularly among the recipients. Granted, the 10 Most Influential Canadian Hispanics is focused on business and selling the Latin American market to mainstream Canada.   Therefore corporations like Barrick Gold are easily given such a space by the awards’ organizers.  I think it is important to recognize people’s community contributions. Then again many work in the margins where public recognition of any sort is not a factor in continuing arduous community work. To be sure “my community” does not include corporations like Barrick Gold…

This is the only trace I could find of this affiliation online:

Close to six hundred people attended the festive event, launching the second annual “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” awards celebration. Hosted by Scotiabank and the Toronto Stock Exchange, supporting organizations included major Canadian corporations with an interest in Hispanic affairs, such as the Canadian Council for the Americas (CCA),, Barrick Gold, Deloitte & Touche, Unilever, Jump TV, IBM, RBC, CIBC, BMO, Watt International, CGI, Torys LLP, Fraser Milner LLP, Mexicana Airlines, and others. The event was also supported by York University, University of Toronto and Canadian Business magazine.

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