BTS Guatemala Volunteer Program

BTS is seeking to create a team of 6-8 people who will serve as short and longer-term volunteers with our Guatemalan partners. If you’re passionate about community development and/or the protection of human rights in Guatemala, this may be the program for you! For more info, visit us here.

BTS solidarity with the CCDA throughout the Maritimes

Throughout the Maritimes, BTS members and supporters express their solidarity with long-time BTS partner, the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA). In May, three members of the CCDA were killed. More here.

Check out our 2017 Year in Review!

Our Year in Review provides an overview of what we were up to in 2017 and an update on what’s been going on in Guatemala. You can read it here. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers to making our work possible!

Lets keep on breaking the silence…donate today!

You are Breaking the Silence. And your donations help us to continue to build relationships of solidarity and friendship, speak out against injustice and be present when it is most needed.  Donate to our  fundraising campaign today!

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

– Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s

Peace is possible – a peace that is born from the truth that comes from each one of us and from all of us. It is a painful truth…it is a liberating and humanizing truth…It is a truth that challenges each one of us to recognize our individual and collective responsibility and to commit ourselves to action.

– Bishop Gerardi, April 24, 1998

“Breaking the Silence means listening to those who’ve been silent for far too long, and once the silence is broken, it is amazing what you can hear.”

– Scott Zoltok, Intern at the New Hope Foundation (2012-2013)

Hay hombres que luchan un dia y son buenos. Hay otros que luchan un año y son mejores. Hay quienes luchan muchos años y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida: esos son los imprescindibles. 

– Bertolt Brecht

Job Opportunity: Lead Volunteer Cooperant with BTS in Guatemala

Lead Volunteer Cooperant Start April 2019 if possible and no later than early June Ideally live and work in Guatemala City One-year contract position including international health insurance, return airfare to Guatemala, coverage of expenses (with the possibility of renewal of a second year) 37.5 hours per week $22,000 CAD 4 weeks of vacation plus [...]

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#NosDuelen56: Art Exhibit & Speaking Tour

Photo: Portrait of Indira Jarissa Pelicó Orellana We invite you to an art exhibit focused on the ongoing struggle for gender justice in Guatemala. Join us in commemorating and demanding justice for the lives of the 41 girls and young women killed in a fire at the state-run centre for children and youth Hogar Seguro Virgen de [...]

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Urgent support needed for CICIG, anti-corruption body in Guatemala

Over the past six months, attempts by the Guatemalan state to remove the UN mandated Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) have continued. The Commissioner of CICIG remains outside of the country and is leading the investigative team by Skype. The Constitutional Court has routinely rejected attempts to revoke or deny visas to CICIG staff, [...]

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Press Release: Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board Alerted about Dangerous Investment Ahead of Pan American Silver-Tahoe Resources Merger

(Ottawa, Tatamagouche) On Friday, January 4th, just four days before shareholders are to vote on the proposed Pan American Silver-Tahoe Resources merger, MiningWatch Canada and the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS), submitted an investor alert to the Canadian Pension Plan’s Investment Board (CPPIB). The Canadian Pension Plan, as of December 2018, holds 95,000 shares in [...]

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Press release: Securities Commissions Asked to Investigate Ahead of January 8 Tahoe-Pan American Silver Merger

Accountability group seeks report on consultation with Guatemala’s Xinka Indigenous people (Guatemala City, Washington DC, Toronto, Tatamagouche, Ottawa) Today, ahead of the January 8th shareholder vote on Pan American Silver’s acquisition of Tahoe Resources, the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP) filed letters with the British Columbia Securities Commission and the US Securities and Exchange Commission asking [...]

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