Nos Duelen 56 (we mourn the 56) is a call by the global movement demanding justice for the 56 victims and survivors of the 2017 Hogar Seguro fire. Join us for a speaking tour throughout the Maritimes with Mayra Jimenez, co-founder and member of the 8 Tijax collective, to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the tragedy and to demand justice for this state crime. Events will take place in Fredericton, Sackville, Halifax, Antigonish and Tatamagouche. For more info, visit us here.

Applications open for BTS Guatemala Cooperant 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 and to apply, visit us here.

#NosDuelen56: Global art exhibit tours the Maritimes

Beautiful portraits contributed by artists globally to honour the girls and young women killed in the 2017 Hogar Seguro fire in Guatemala. The art exhibit will visit Antigonish, Charlottetown, Halifax and Fredericton. Learn more here. Take part in solidarity actions to demand justice for the 41 girls killed, as well as the 15 others who were severely injured in this state crime!

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

Comunicado de prensa: Mayra Jiménez habla a través las provincias marítimas de Canadá sobre el incendio ocurrido en el Hogar Seguro en 2017 y sobre el movimento por la justicia de género en Guatemala.

6 de marzo de 2019 (Halifax) – Del 28 de febrero a el 9 de marzo, Mayra Jiménez del colectivo 8Tijax ofrece charlas en gira por las provincias marítimas de Canadá sobre la lucha en curso por buscar justicia de 41 niñas y jóvenes víctimas muertas en un incendio causado dentro de un hogar estatal [...]

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Press release: Mayra Jimenez to speak throughout the Maritimes on the 2017 Hogar Seguro fire and the movement for gender justice in Guatemala

Photo: Art exhibit honouring the 41 victims of the 2017 Hogar Seguro fire currently at Glitter Bean Cafe in Halifax February 27, 2019 (Halifax) - From February 28 to March 9, Mayra Jimenez of the 8 Tijax collective will speak throughout the Maritimes about the ongoing struggle for justice for the 41 girls and young women killed in a [...]

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Applications open for BTS Community Development & Human Rights Cooperant Program!

Applications are now open for the BTS Community Development and Human Rights Cooperant Program! Deadline: March 24, 2019 @ midnight BTS is seeking to create a team of 6-8 people who will serve as short and longer-term cooperants with our Guatemalan partners. Through this program, we hope to strengthen our Canadian presence on the ground in [...]

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#NosDuelen56 March Speaking Tour with Mayra Jimenez (8 Tijax)

From Guatemala to Canada and beyond, it’s time to end state impunity for gendered violence! To commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Hogar Seguro tragedy, we invite you to join our Maritimes speaking tour with Mayra Jimenez Flores of 8 Tijax. Mayra is a co-founder and member of the 8 Tijax collective, which was born [...]

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International groups denounce US mining company’s multi-million dollar claim against Guatemala

January 31, 2019 - The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network joins international organizations in expressing solidarity with Guatemalan communities in peaceful resistance to Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ (KCA) Progreso VII Derivada gold project as the company brings a US$300 million arbitration claim against Guatemala to the World Bank´s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)  [...]

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