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The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS) Annual Gathering 2019

  May 31 - Jun 2, 2019 Fri 7:00 PM - Sun 1:00 PM

Justice for Women, Care for the Earth 

Come to the Breaking the Silence Annual Gathering, May 31st to June 2nd, at the Tatamagouche Centre, in beautiful Tatamagouche, Mi’kmaki. This year’s resource person is Gloria Reyes of the Rabinal Legal Clinic. Gloria Reyes Xitumul is a Maya Achi lawyer currently working for the Rabinal Legal Clinic.  She is leading the case for justice for 36 women from Rabinal who suffered sexual violence during the Internal Armed Conflict and genocide against the Mayan people. Gloria also has experience working on land conflict cases and current cases of violence against women. Before becoming a lawyer, Gloria was a school teacher and in 2016 was the director of the New Hope Foundation Education Centre. 

Spiritual Film Artist and BTS member, Eliza Star Child Knockwood is an L’nu (Mi’kmaq) mother from Epekweitk (Prince Edward Island). Well-travelled, including a visit to Guatemala with BTS, and passionate about land issues and the protection of the environment, she is a respected voice of the Peoples, locally and globally. As an active filmmaker with over eighteen years of experience, her films have been screened in film festivals and premiered nationally and internationally. Eliza supports the Water Protectors who have been protecting the Sipekne’katik River located in Shubenacadie, NS since May 2016, including through her film, A Water Protector's Journey along the Sipekne’katik River.

Eliza will lead us through her Circle of Life participatory exercise on the Friday night--so come for Friday! On Saturday she will be joined by Water Protectors who will share about their experience protecting the river. Kukuwes wowkis (colonial name Madonna Bernard) and Kiju muin (colonial name Paula Isaac) are Mi'kmaq women from Mi'kmaki territory whom have been protecting the lands and waters for many many years against corporate greed. They are actively standing up against Alton Gas in Sipekne’katik.

Also joining us will be partners from the New Hope Community Bilingual Institute. Teacher Fidel Oswaldo Lopez and graduating students in the Community Development program, Hilda Sical Toj and Juan Carlos Santos Cortezo, will be visiting as part of the exchange between the Institute and the Tatamagouche school.

This year’s AGM themes are land rights, gender justice, and strengthening advocacy & action. Come to renew connections, be updated on struggles in Guatemala and Mi’kmaki, and participate in envisioning a diverse, inclusive network that engages in action for advocacy.

What should I bring?

  • a talent, a song, a story for the Saturday night talent show as part of the fiesta!
  • new or gently-used Guatemala-related items; handmade items, for the silent auction
  • an open spirit ready to learn, share, and have fun!

Come for the AGM! Stay for the fundraiser concert!

Dave Gunning and Garnet Rogers in concert: a fundraiser concert for BTS on Sunday at 2pm, at Sharon United Church.

Bursaries are provided by the Breaking the Silence Network. Please let us know how much bursary assistance you require. We do have bursaries available, as we want all who support BTS to be able to attend.    

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janette Fecteau Jfecteau@stfx.ca  or Yvette Michaud yvettemichaud@eastlink.ca 
Bursary applications must arrive by Friday, May 17th.  Please do not stay away because of lack of funds!

To register online click on the register link above besides the date.
If you prefer to send us a registration via snail mail or email please use this form - click here
For any registration questions please call the Centre office at 902-657-2231.

Leadership

Gloria Reyes Xitumul

Gloria Reyes XitumulGloria Reyes Xitumul is a Maya Achi lawyer currently working for the Rabinal Legal Clinic.  She is leading the case for justice for 36 women from Rabinal who suffered sexual violence during the Internal Armed Conflict and genocide against the Mayan people. Gloria also has experience working on land conflict cases and current cases of violence against women. Before becoming a lawyer, Gloria was a school teacher and in 2016 was the director of the New Hope Foundation Education Centre. 

 
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