Accompaniment and Cooperant Program2021-04-21T13:14:44-04:00

Accompaniment and Cooperant Program

Since 1990, Breaking the Silence has engaged Maritimers and people across Canada in solidarity work through on-the-ground accompaniment of our partners in Guatemala. Ranging from short and long-term internships, cooperant placements, delegations, and in-country presence of BTS staff, our solidarity efforts support the work of partners in Guatemala while increasing the capacity of Maritimers to become more conscientious and active organizers for social justice at home and abroad.

For several years after the end of our internship programs in 2013, our in-person support to partners in Guatemala took the form of in-country staffing and short-term delegations. In 2019, at the request of our partners, BTS recognized that a fundamental aspect of our solidarity needed to include a significant presence of Canadians in Guatemala. As a response, we launched a two-year pilot cooperant program to bring 6-8 highly qualified individuals from across the Maritimes region to Guatemala for short and long-term human rights and community development placements. Under the coordination of a full-time Lead Cooperant, the program brought three cooperants to Guatemala to support our partners’ work on truth, justice, and impunity, defense of territory, and human security, including mining justice.

In 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, BTS was forced to end its cooperant placements in Guatemala and shifted gears to strengthening virtual solidarity and accompaniment efforts. As we navigate the uncertainties presented by this context, we continue to centre the needs of partners as a guiding compass in our work and look forward to resuming our Cooperant Program in Guatemala when the time is right. Currently, with the support of two full-time cooperants based in the Maritimes and two staff based in Guatemala, the BTS Cooperant Program continues to provide ongoing virtual support to partners in Guatemala.

To view current opportunities to get involved in our Cooperant Program visit our ‘Get Involved’ page here. If you would like more information on the program you may write to

Report-backs from previous accompaniers and cooperants

Overwhelming international support for Guatemalan communities resisting Tahoe’s Escobal mine

This past month, over 3,700 individuals took action in support of Guatemalan communities right to say “No” to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine. The action re-sent a letter delivered to Tahoe Resources’ offices in Reno, NV and Guatemala City by allies at the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) and representatives [...]

September 25th, 2018|Categories: Current Events in Guate, Report Backs|

Report back: Nobel Women’s Initiative Delegation to Guatemala 2017

Report back for Guatemala Coordinator Lisa Rankin From October 25-28, I had the opportunity to accompany the Nobel Women’s Initiative during the Guatemala leg of their tour to Central America. The Nobel laureates and delegation members first travelled to Honduras, where they met with human rights organizations and government officials. [...]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Report Backs|Tags: , , , , , , |

Update and Resources of Resistances to Canadian Mining in Guatemala

By Lisa Rankin, BTS Co-Coordinator A lot has been happening over the past few weeks in Guatemala regarding community resistance to Canadian mining companies. Here I have complied some brief updates and links for further updates to keep folks informed. Please also take action following the link! As events are [...]

Conviction: Former military officials convicted of crimes against humanity in sexual slavery trial – ordered to pay damages to victims

Read about the Sepur Zarco trial here. Yes, there was genocide and sexual violence in Guatemala! Si hubo genocidio y violencia sexual en Guatemala! Former military officials convicted of crimes against humanity in sexual slavery trial – ordered to pay damages to victims. March 2, 2016 – Guatemala City By [...]

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