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Advocacy2021-02-10T02:21:16-04:00

Advocacy

BTS undertakes advocacy efforts in solidarity with our partners in Guatemala. We recognize that injustice in the north and south are linked, and these struggles are inextricably connected. As a network based in Canada, a key focus of our work is geared towards holding the Canadian government and corporations accountable.

BTS advocacy work includes activities such as:

  • urgent actions, sign-on letters, MP meetings  
  • meeting with the Canadian Embassy, keeping them abreast of human rights issues in Guatemala and expressing our concerns 
  • working collaboratively with other organizations and members of coalitions based in Canada, Guatemala and globally
  • organizing delegations to Guatemala and raising awareness within our own communities including speaking tours in the Maritimes by community leaders from Guatemala
  • keeping the BTS network informed of issues of concern to our partners through our monthly newsletter, network call-ins and social media 
  • supporting and amplifying our partners’ work

Latest actions

We denounce violence against Q’eqchi communities in Guatemala

URGENT ACTION : GUATEMALA: State must immediately stop the excessive violence against defenders of the Maya Q'eqchi' people in peaceful resistance against the illegal nickel project in El Estor. After twenty days of peaceful resistance against the illegal mining of their ancestral territories and the Guatemalan State's failure to enforce [...]

Activists Call for Protection of Xinka Leaders Participating in Escobal Mine Consultation

Today six U.S. and Canadian human rights and environmental organizations filed a letter with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) supporting a request to extend precautionary measures for activists opposed to the Escobal mine in Guatemala. The mine has faced strong local opposition from the day it started operations in 2011, opposition that [...]

Global Letter of Concern Against Canadian Mining in the Dominican Republic

(Photo from Mining Watch Canada) Marcha contra Barrick: hundreds march against Barrick Gold's proposed tailings damn in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic. January 23, 2021 Breaking the Silence Maritimes-Guatemala joins a global letter of concern against Canadian mining in the Dominican Republic.  Upholding the rights of local communities and [...]

May 4th, 2021|Categories: Signed Letters|Tags: , |
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