It’s been 10 months since the Government of Canada announced that it would create an ombudsperson. Communities negatively affected by Canadian mining companies around the world are still waiting. Join us this November in calling on the Government of Canada to meaningfully and urgently implement its commitments by naming an independent ombudsperson with the mandate [...]
– Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s
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.
– Bishop Gerardi, April 24, 1998
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.
– Scott Zoltok, Intern at the New Hope Foundation (2012-2013)
“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.”
– Bertolt Brecht
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.
In Guatemala, human rights defenders continue to face threats of violence and criminalization for their human rights work. Many of them are Indigenous farmers who are working on issues of access to land and in defense of territory, like BTS partner: the Highlands Committee of Small Farmers (CCDA). Risks faced for speaking out have intensified [...]
Media Release: Amid Increased Attacks and Impunity, Prominent Guatemalan Human Rights Defender Marcelo Sabuc to Speak Throughout the Maritimes
Photo: Marcelo Sabuc in Antigonish, NS (Credit: Stacey Gomez) Nov 1, 2018 (Halifax) – Marcelo Sabuc, National Coordinator of the Highlands Committee of Small-Farmers (CCDA in Spanish) in Guatemala, will visit the Maritimes from November 4-11th to discuss the troubling situation for human rights defenders in his country, which has intensified in the midst of [...]
The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network is so fortunate to be hosting Garnet Rogers, brilliant Canadian guitarist, song-writer, composer, singer. Garnet began his musical career in brother Stan Rogers’ band. After Stan’s untimely death, he pursued a solo career, playing guitar, mandolin, fiddle and flute. Please invite your family, friends and neighbours to this wonderful fundraiser for [...]
Join us for our fall speaking tour with Marcelo Sabuc Xalcut, National Coordinator of our long-time partner organization, the Highlands Committee of Small-Farmers (CCDA) in Guatemala. He’ll speak throughout the Maritimes from November 4-11th, 2018! Marcelo is Maya-Kaqchikel from San Lucas Toliman, Sololá and has worked for the CCDA since 2000. As a result of his [...]