Here is a brief re-count of Juan Carlos Contreras’s Nova Scotia tour (accompanied by Lisa Rankin)

On Sunday morning, April 14,  we had a brief orientation session, which Yvette Michaud helped with, as Juan Carlos had stayed in her home the night before. Juan Carlos and I then travelled to Mahone Bay where we had lunch with Ron Leitold andceibalogojpg John McCarthy and then made our way to Bridgewater. The event was held at the Park View Education Centre. 14 people attended the event, of mixed ages. JC’s presentation was on the current context in Guatemala, and a small portion on mining and community consultations.
On Monday morning, we travelled to L’nu Sipuk Kinamuoguom school, in Indian Brook, to an event which was organized be Heidi Mitton. Upon arrival, Juan Carlos met with a teacher from the school who is involved with the Idle No More movement. We then gave a presentation to grades 9-12, which began with the Gathering Song from the Grade 4 students. Juan Carlos focused this presentation more on the situation of indigenous peoples in Guatemala. We then had a home-made lunch with some of the teachers. The Grade 4’s preformed the Honour Song and we had a tour of the school.
We then travelled to Antigonish, where there was an  event at the Antigonish Women’s Centre. About 21 people attended the event. Here, Juan Carlos gave a presentation on the current political context in Guatemala.
Tuesday morning, JC met with members of the Antigonish Municipality. This meeting was more based on how municipalities in Guatemala function and some of their challenges. I believe the reason JC wanted to meet with local governments is to try to create relationships between a Guatemalan municipality and a Canadian municipality. We met with 3 people.
In the afternoon, Juan Carlos, Janette Fecteau, James Goldie and I travelled to Paq’tnkek First Nations Reserve to meet with Kerry Prosper. Kerry gave us a tour of the reservation and told us a bit about the history of their community. Juan Carlos also explained the current situation for indigenous peoples in Guatemala. At the end Kerry gave Juan Carlos a beautiful quilt which was used for ceremonies.