BTS 2019 Annual Gathering: Care for the Earth

Come to our Annual Gathering (May 31 to June 2) at the Tatamagouche Centre, in beautiful Tatamagouche, Mi’kmaki. Oswaldo Lopez of the New Hope Foundation will speak about the current context in Guatemala! We’ll also have other special guests! More info 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

Guatemalan elections this weekend

Guatemalans will go to the election polls this weekend to vote for mayors, members of Congress, governors and the first round of the presidential election. The clear frontrunner for president is Sandra Torres, from the UNE party. Torres is the ex-wife of Alvaro Colom, president of Guatemala from 2008- 2014. Torres has been accused of [...]

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June 6th Update from Case of 36 Achi Survivors of Sexual Violence

On Thursday, June 6th, a Guatemala City Court held the latest preliminary hearing against 6 former Civil Patrollers accused of committing sexual violence in Rabinal during the Internal Armed Conflict. The case has been brought forward by 36 Achi survivors of sexual violence committed from 1981 to 1985. Thursday’s hearing saw the defense present evidence [...]

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Festivales Solidarios: Winners of the 2019 Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Youth Award!

We are excited to announce the 2019 winner of the Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Youth Award is Festivales Solidarios (or Solidarity Festivals), a group of Indigenous and Meztizo youth who use art and social media in resistance to defend territory, historical memory and raise awareness of political prisoners in Guatemala. The group began its work in 2013 with the criminalization of [...]

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Check out our 2018 Year in Review!

We presented our 2018 Year in Review at our recent Annual Gathering in Tatamagouche, NS. In case you missed it, check it out below! You’ll find an overview of what we’ve been up to and what’s going on in Guatemala. Thanks to all the volunteers who make our work possible year after year!

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BTS 2019 Annual Gathering: Care for the Earth

Online registration is closed, but between now and Friday, you can still register for the Annual Gathering by phoning the centre: 1-800-218-2220 or 902-657-2231 Come to the Breaking the Silence Annual Gathering, May 31st to June 2nd, at the Tatamagouche Centre, in beautiful Tatamagouche, Mi’kmaki. Although we are disappointed to hear that Gloria Reyes Xitumul of the Rabinal Legal Clinic will not be joining us [...]

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