Evidence of meeting #29 for Foreign Affairs and International Development in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was mining.

A recording is available from Parliament.

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  • Sabine Luning  Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University , As an Individual

March 28th, 2012 / 3:35 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

I call the meeting to order.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), we'll commence our study on the role of the private sector in achieving Canada's international development interests today.

We want to thank and welcome Dr. Sabine Luning, professor of cultural anthropology and development sociology at Leiden University, who has joined us via teleconference from the Netherlands today.

Can you hear us on the phone?

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Dr. Sabine Luning Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University , As an Individual

I can hear you perfectly well. Good day to you.

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

Excellent.

Thank you very much for taking the time to join us. I'm just curious: what time is it where you are right now?

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Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University , As an Individual

Dr. Sabine Luning

It is 9:30 in the evening.

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

Thank you very much for arranging your schedule to meet with us today.

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Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University , As an Individual

Dr. Sabine Luning

You're welcome.

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

Why don't we start with the opening statement that you have for us, for around 10 minutes? We'll do that, and then we'll take the opportunity to go back and forth across the table here to follow up with some questions.

I believe that you have set an hour aside for us. Is that correct?

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Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University , As an Individual

Dr. Sabine Luning

Yes, absolutely.

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

Excellent. Thank you very much.

Why don't we start, then, by having you give us your opening statement?

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Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University , As an Individual

Dr. Sabine Luning

Thank you very much.

I want to thank you for inviting me.

Let me be a bit precise about what my background is. I'm a lecturer in the anthropology department of Leiden University in the Netherlands, and over the last 20 years my research has mainly focused on west Africa and on Burkina Faso in particular.

I've live in Burkina for several years, working as an anthropologist in a bilateral development project, and over the last five years I've done research on artisanal mining and company community relations, with particular reference to Canadian exploration companies operating in Burkina. I've also done field work in Mali, Ghana, and Guinea.

In west Africa, large-scale explorations for mineral wealth and mining almost always occur in rural areas where access to land for agriculture and artisanal mining are crucial for livelihoods of poor local populations.

I'm focusing my research on the tensions, opportunities, and expectations these—

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

Professor, I'm just wondering if you could slow down a bit. We have to have translation here, and the translators are—

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Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University , As an Individual

Dr. Sabine Luning

Okay. I'm sorry.

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

I'll give you a few extra minutes if you need them, so go right ahead.

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Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University , As an Individual

Dr. Sabine Luning

Fine, all right. I'm not going to repeat. I'm going to carry on. Do you think I should I recapitulate briefly?

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Conservative

The Chair Dean Allison

No, carry on. That would be great.