2020 BTS Year in Review

Check out our 2020 BTS Year in Review for an overview of our work this past year! Contents: Coordinator reflections Guatemala: a brief year in review Partner updates Committee updates BTS Annual Gathering 2020 Topacio Award Cooperant program Coalitions Thank you

2021-04-12T09:04:09-04:00April 7th, 2021|Year in Review|

2020 Fall Staffing Fund Campaign

2020 has been an extremely challenging year in Guatemala. The Covid-19 pandemic has created desperate conditions. All of our BTS partners are now engaged in vital work providing basic supports and necessities, in addition to ongoing work building livelihoods and fighting for justice. Through this, we [...]

2021-06-14T16:35:41-04:00December 1st, 2020|General blog|

The recipients of the 2020 Topacio Award are…

https://youtu.be/WRhelmDLArc Each year the Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Award recognizes and supports youth fighting to protect the environment and their territories through the use of art and other creative forms of resistance.  This year, we received applications from 8 departments across Guatemala reflecting the struggles youth face as a result of [...]

2021-04-12T08:49:26-04:00August 13th, 2020|General blog|

El Grupo Seleccionado para el Premio Topacio en 2020 es…

https://youtu.be/9IZNObPAhRg Cada año el Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco reconoce y apoya a jóvenes que luchan por proteger el medio ambiente y sus territorios mediante el uso del arte y otras formas creativas de resistencia.  Este año, recibimos solicitudes de 8 departamentos de toda Guatemala que reflejan las luchas que la [...]

2021-04-12T08:49:48-04:00August 13th, 2020|General blog|

The Life & Legacy of Topacio

On August 13th, the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network will be announcing the winner of the 5th annual Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Award. This award is coordinated by the network and awarded through the collaboration of five other civil society groups across Canada. The award was created to honor the memory [...]

2021-04-12T11:39:50-04:00August 7th, 2020|General blog|


Topacio fue una joven artista, activista y líder en su comunidad de Mataquescuintla, Jalapa.  Tocaba la guitarra, cantaba, escribía y recitaba poemas, dibujaba, pintaba, era hija, hermana, amiga, y alzaba la voz para defender a su comunidad contra la explotación minera. Como muchas otras personas en Guatemala, Topacio fue víctima [...]

2021-04-12T08:59:27-04:00July 22nd, 2020|General blog|

New Date for BTS Annual Gathering: Oct 23-25th ?

Our thoughts are with you, as well as our Guatemalan partners during this challenging time. We hope that you and loved ones are staying safe and healthy.  Due to concerns over COVID-19, we've made the decision to delay our Annual Gathering at the Tatamagouche Centre, as well as our spring speaking tour.  [...]

2021-06-09T12:02:14-04:00March 20th, 2020|General blog|

BTS Annual Gathering: Oct 24-25th ?

All are invited to join the Breaking the Silence Annual Gathering, taking place Saturday October 24th, 9:30am – Sunday, October 25th, 1pm. Come make and renew connections, be updated on struggles in Guatemala and Mi’kmaki, and be inspired for ongoing support and action. We'll hear from Emy Gomez, General Coordinator of the Xinka Parliament virtually, [...]

2021-06-09T12:02:22-04:00March 20th, 2020|General blog|

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 [...]

2021-04-12T11:36:16-04:00March 10th, 2020|Delegation, General blog|
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