MARCH 16, 2020 – This clarification statement is a response to a press release issued today regarding CIRDI’s meeting with community members from the Shuar Peoples in Ecuador.
On Monday, March 2nd 2020, a team from CIRDI met with representatives from Solaris Resources Inc. and a group of delegates representing 2 of 47 communities that comprise the Shuar Peoples of Ecuador.
CIRDI was requested to provide information on our project work in Ecuador. Links to these projects are provided below. This request is in line with CIRDI’s mandate to engage in dialogue with diverse stakeholders confronting resource governance challenges.
At no point during this meeting did the CIRDI team have any discussions with the Shuar community members or Solaris about the Warintza copper-molybdenum project. CIRDI has no planned or future projects associated with the Warintza project. The focus of the discussions with community members were rather in relation to sustainable forestry practices and climate change, including a previous REDD+ program.
Further, CIRDI has no first-hand experience with any community consultation processes between Solaris and specific Shuar communities. Given our distance from this process, we are in no position to comment on or endorse engagement between the aforementioned parties, or between the aforementioned parties and other stakeholders.
Through our organizational values and projects, CIRDI explicitly affirms corporate and state obligations as laid out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Communications and Events Manager
Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI)