Breaking the Silence has been coordinating delegations to Guatemala since the 1990s as an expression of solidarity and as a way to learn and share with our partners. Educational delegations are challenging and rewarding experiences for those who participate and are a tool for deepening our understanding of the complexities of community development and the role of international solidarity. Check out these blog posts from past delegation participants!

2023 Delegation to Guatemala, November 4-17

  What’s it all about? The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS) invites you to learn about the struggle for social and economic justice and human rights in Guatemala. Although this delegation is physically and emotionally demanding, it offers an opportunity to open oneself deeply to the struggles of Guatemalans and link them [...]

February 10th, 2023|Categories: Delegation|

Popular education, social history: among the keys to defending Maya land

Third in a series by Jim HodgsonRead the second post here Many supporters of Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking The Silence Network (BTS) and other solidarity groups across Canada know Leocadio Juracán and the organization he has been part of since 1989: the Comité Campesino del Altiplano – CCDA (Highlands Committee of Small Farmers). He took [...]

June 29th, 2022|Categories: Defense of Territory, Delegation, Report Backs|Tags: , , , |

Where development and genocide go hand in bloody hand

Seven lay catechists and three priests murdered four decades ago in Quiché were beatified by the Roman Catholic Church on April 21, 2021. Among them was Fr. Juan Alonso (right), a Spanish missionary priest who served the parish in Lancetillo. Second in a series by Jim Hodgson Read the first post [...]

June 29th, 2022|Categories: Defense of Territory, Delegation, Human security, Report Backs|Tags: , , , |

In Resistance, there is Revival: Delegation Reflection

Photo: Delegation visits the Xinka Parliament (Photo credit: Xinka Parliament) From February 22-29th, a Canadian delegation visited communities and organizations resisting the Escobal mine in Guatemala. The delegation was organized by BTS and Mining Watch. Charlotte Connolly writes about the experience. The week-long delegation to the Escobal Mine, facilitated by Breaking the Silence’s [...]

BTS Delegation to Guatemala – Day 11

November 20, 2019 By Laura Robinson Today we met with the Canadian Embassy in Guatemala with the goal of sharing the stories we had been trusted with during this delegation. After leaving Antigua yesterday, we spent the evening preparing questions in order to ask how the Canadian government was handling the issues we [...]

November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Delegation, General blog|Tags: , , , , |

BTS Delegation to Guatemala – Day 9

November 18, 2019 By Somadina Muojeke Learning about the Rio Negro massacre which was linked to a hydroelectric project, exploring resistance coffee farms and honouring activist Topacio Reynoso, spending time with communities facing evictions by large plantation owners and communities demanding the right to free, prior and informed consent who are faced with [...]

November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Delegation, General blog|Tags: , , , , , , |
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