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Company Response

5 Oct 2020

Solaris Resources response

... In relation to the response requested regarding the Strategic Alliance and the IBA signed for the advancement of the Warintza Project, this letter, shall rectify the false accusations made and maliciously propagated, and without consideration of:

  • The self-determination of the Shuar communities of Warints and Yawi that voluntarily opted to work for over three years. The relationship has been built between the Parties through a process of reconciliation, collaboration and association, under full exercise of their collective rights, recognized by the Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador, the laws and by duly ratified international instruments that guarantee indigenous peoples’ right to “preserve and develop their own forms of coexistence and social organization, generation and exercise of authority in their legally recognized territories and community lands of ancestral ownership”, as provided in Article 57, section 9 of the Constitution.
  • The propagation of internal conflict and division between communities and Shuar Centres, and the consequential multiplier effect on Shuar lands in Ecuador. Particularly, we emphasize the lack of respect for decision-making and self determination of Warints and Yawi, the criticism, speculation and spread of fake news in attempts to impose their version of the truth on public opinion.
  • The consequences of attempts to undermine the milestones and successes achieved between the Shuar communities of Warints and Yawi and Solaris Resources including:
    • The Prior Consultation Pilot Project achieved between the Shuar communities (Warints and Yawi) and the Ecuadorian Government by means of the Ministry of Energy and NonRenewable Natural Resources, with support from the company (Solaris Resources);
    • The Strategic Alliance and the Board’s role;
    • The Covid-19 biosafety developed by our occupational health and safety department;
    • The IBA signed on July 28th, 2020...

Part of the following timelines

Ecuador: Mining company Solaris Resource accused of violating the Shuar Arutam indigenous peoples rights; the company responds

Ecuador: Mining projects of Codelco, ENAMI, ECSA and Solaris Resources face allegations of "environmental damage or complicity with violent actors", says NGO