UCL Institute of the Americas


Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America

27 March 2017, 6:00 pm

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UCL Institute of the Americas


UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

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Todd Gordon (Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, Canada), Jeffery R. Webber (Queen Mary University of London) - Rooted in thousands of pages of Access to Information documents and dozens of interviews carried out throughout Latin America, Blood of Extraction examines the increasing presence of Canadian mining companies in Latin America and the environmental and human rights abuses that have resulted. By following the money, Gordon and Webber illustrate the myriad ways Canadian-based multinational corporations, backed by the Canadian state, have developed extensive economic interests in Latin America over the last two decades at the expense of Latin American people and the environment.

Latin American communities affected by Canadian resource extraction are now organised into hundreds of opposition movements, from Mexico to Argentina, and the authors illustrate the strategies used by the Canadian state to silence this resistance and advance corporate interests.

'Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America' was published by Fernwood Publishing in November 2016.

Todd Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Law and Society at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford (Canada). He is the author of Imperialist Canada and Cops, Crime, and Capitalism.

Jeffery R. Webber is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of The Last Day of Oppression and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left, and Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia.