STAND Canada’s Current Campaigns
The Conflict Free Canada Initiative
STAND Canada is working in partnership with The Enough Project on the Conflict Free Canada Initiative (CFCI). Officially launched in 2011, this campaign aims to educate Canadians about conflict minerals, and to raise awareness about human rights implications. CFCI urges corporations and policy makers to adopt legislation that will demand due diligence from companies that source conflict minerals for use in their products.
How do Conflict Minerals affect Canadians?
As consumers of personal electronics, such as cellphones, laptops and MP3 players, we have become implicit actors in one of the deadliest conflicts since World War II, currently raging in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This conflict has caused the deaths of over 6 million people, the displacement of over a million more, and the proliferation of grave human rights abuses, including countless acts of sexual violence against women.
Tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold are among the valuable minerals mined in the region. Dozens of armed groups operating in the eastern DR Congo directly benefit from these markets, as minerals pass down the supply chain and are sold to large manufacturing corporations to be used to make our electronic devices.
In this way, our consumer habits inadvertently finance the purchase of arms and other supplies that help fuel the ongoing violence and instability perpetrated by rebel groups.
With your help, we will raise awareness and open public dialogue to make conflict minerals a forefront issue in Canada. Accountability for conflict minerals must be a priority today.
How You Can Take Action
Educate yourself:What Are Conflict Minerals?
Gold, tin, tantalum, tungsten (the “3 T’s”), are mined in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and are used to manufacture most consumer electronics products. Locals in mining communities are often forced to participate in illicit mining operations. The proceeds from these minerals often finance armed rebel groups. Minerals are smuggled out of DR Congo through neighboring countries, then shipped to smelters around the world for refinement. It is very difficult to trace minerals that have been smuggled along this supply chain.. Conflict minerals are commonly used in Canada and all over the world in personal electronics.
We must work together to bring about an end to this illicit market. Together, we must demand responsible sourcing for minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Create Legislation That Cuts Canada’s Ties to Conflict Minerals!
Governments of several countries, including the United States, have passed legislation to regulate acquisition of conflict minerals. It is time for Canada to do the same. By demanding that companies source their materials ethically, trace their supply chain and publicize their production process, Canadian consumers will be making informed purchases, purchases that will not finance violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
With your help, we will raise awareness and open public dialogue. We will make conflict-free minerals a priority in Canada.
Talk to Experts
With the introduction of the Dodd-Frank Act in the United States, companies such as Intel and Apple regulated their supply chains to ensure their products are conflict-free. It is time other companies, including Canadian electronics manufacturers, to do the same. STAND Canada is raising awareness about the conflict minerals used to build our electronics. We are urging companies to join the conflict-free movement.
Any questions e-mail us at campaigns(a)standcanada.org
E-mail your MP
In 2014, STAND Canada supported the proposed Bill C-486, the Conflict Minerals Act. Although it was not passed in the House of Commons, we need to continue the dialogue with Members of Parliament to support such human rights legislation. More information from our campaign can be found here
Become a Partner
If you would like to partner with STAND Canada on the issue of conflict minerals please contact us at standwithus(a)standcanada.org for more information.
STAND Chapters’ Initiatives
Campaign Ideas for Chapters
STAND Chapters are located at university campuses across Canada and have access to experts in STANDs conflict regions. Chapters are encouraged to contact researchers at their institutions for a video interview, a panel or another forum where they can give their insights. The information from these interviews will be made available to interested individuals here! If you would like more information, suggestions on who to contact, how to approach professors or different events to run please contact chapters(a)standcanada.org
Chapters are encouraged to host seminars at their universities on topics related to STANDs conflict minerals. The seminar will start with a short presentation followed by discussion. The best part about seminars is that you do not need to be an expert to host them, simply curious about something. If you need help organizing, information or any other help please contact us at chapters(a)standcanada.org
STAND Canada is currently developing a youth outreach program to teaching students about advocacy work and providing them the tools they need to become advocates for genocide prevention. We use STAND Canada’s conflict regions as case studies to critically explore the issues around advocacy work in addition to discussing both global and local issues. This workshop is extremely flexible and can be modified to fit into various curriculums. We have created short, adaptable assignments for the students. We willwork with teachers to ensure that this workshop aligns with the course’s goals. Currently, the workshop in only available in the Vancouver area but we are working on expanding it nationally. If you would like more information or to run the workshop in your classroom please contact campaigns(a)standcanada.org
If you would like to get involved in a fundraising campaign or donate to STAND Canada, please see our Donate page or contact fundraising(a)standcanada.org
Contact Your Local Newspaper
Please visit our write a letter page.