Ottawa

Tuesday March 5th

7-9 PM, Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa

Admission by Donation

Defending Dissent when Life and Land are in Peril

Ottawa, ON – More and more, people are being targeted for disagreeing with what governments and industry – such as Canadian mining companies – want to do in their communities and on their lands. In the worst of cases, Indigenous leaders, farmers, journalists and environmental activists are killed. Increasingly, attempts to silence environmental defenders take place through stigmatization and criminalization. We must creatively and consciously come together and defend dissent.

A Co-Presentation with Toronto’s Aluna Theatre of ‘The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich’ and a panel discussion with Guatemalan and local guests about the criminalization of dissent

The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich is a half-hour staged reading including song, story, and images, about the case of Adolfo Ich, a Mayan community leader who was killed by security forces contracted to a Canadian mining company in Guatemala. The text has been extracted from statements and interviews used with permission, and government and public websites. Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors of Toronto has undertaken lawsuits in Ontario courts against two companies, HudBay and HMI Nickel, regarding this murder. Hearings begin in Toronto on March 4th.

Devised and Directed by Marion de Vries. Produced by Aluna Theatre. Beatriz Pizano, Artistic Director and Trevor Schwellnus, Artistic Producer. Cast: Jessica Zepeda, Jacob Zimmer, Teri Rata Loretto-Valentik, Shandra Spears Bombay, Sebastian Marziali

The Criminalization of Dissent, a panel discussion with Guatemalan guests will follow the performance. Panelists will discuss current threats and opportunities that communities and their allies face in the fight for land and justice against unfettered mining developments from Guatemala to Canada.

Panelists:  Lolita Chavez, Coordinator, Guatemalan Indigenous Women’s Association ‘Voice of Resistance’ and Member, K’iches Peoples Counsel and Western Peoples’ Committee political counsel. Antonio Catalán, Investigator, Guatemalan Human Rights Defenders Unit (UDEFEGUA). Ian Thomson, Program Coordinator, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives. Roch Tassé, National Coordinator, International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG). Jen Moore, Latin America Program Coordinator, MiningWatch Canada

Event sponsored by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Theatre Aluna, Peace Brigades International – Canada, MiningWatch Canada, Americas Policy Group of the Canadian Centre for International Cooperation, Education in Action, Public Service Alliance Social Justice Fund,

For more information: we.defend.dissent@gmail.com  or on Event page on Facebook

Performance will be presented in English, with translation from Spanish to English during the panel discussion.

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