BTS Antigonish Committee
Photo: During International Women’s Day in Antigonish, marchers hold portraits of the 41 girls killed in a fire at the Hogar Virgen de la Asunción to commemorate the 2 year anniversary of the tragedy
The Antigonish committee has hosted a number of Guatemalan guests over the years. In 2019, for instance, they hosted Mayra Jimenez of Ocho Tijax for a number of events in partnership with the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre. They have also hosted events like the 2019 “Solid Gold Hits” coffee house, the opening show for the Art After Dark festival Antigonight.
Each year, the BTS Antigonish Committee participates in Antigonish Film Festival, including partnering on film screenings focused on human rights issues in Guatemala like Finding Oscar, as well as selling coffee and baked goods as a fundraiser for BTS. They’ve made an annual commitment to fundraise to provide a bursary for a New Hope Foundation school student.
BTS’s intentional approach to solidarity with Indigenous struggles in this unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq has been a focus of this committee’s work. In 2019, BTS Antigonish members participated in the Mi’kma’ki Water Walk along the Shubenacadie River organised by Grassroots Grandmother and Water Protector Doreen Bernard. Members also participated in a reading of excerpts from the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Over the past 5 years, the Antigonish committee has worked with St FX students to advocate for the sale of BTS coffee at university cafes. Thanks to the collective efforts of a number of individuals, including BTSers, St FX’s central campus cafe finally began selling BTS coffee in the fall of 2019.