The Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College invites you to join an education-seminar trip to Honduras
Connecting the Dots from the Global to the Local: Understanding the Environmental, Human Rights, Poverty and Impunity Crisis in Honduras.
The Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College has teamed up with Rights Action, a Canadian & American non-governmental organization (NGO) whose work, in part, is to raise awareness about and support for people in countries of the global south whose communities and environmental well-being are often desecrated by so-called “First World” economic development projects.
Honouring the Life, Work & Struggles of Berta Cacerés
On March 3, 2016, the world awoke to the assassination in Honduras of world renowned indigenous, environmental and human rights activist, Berta Cacerés, winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental prize. Due to her high profile, Cacerés’ death has since shone more light internationally on the injustices in Honduras, ...yet the exploitation, repression and impunity continue. Moreover, Canada and the US, in particular, continue to foster political and economic relationships with the violent and corrupt Honduran regime.
To honour her work and that of so many others, come and be in solidarity with and learn about their struggles, work and vision for a better Honduras. Come learn about the vision of Berta and her family, of her organization, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras(COPINH), and of community groups from across the country working to demand justice and promote community controlled development that supports their collective well-being, the environment and their fundamental rights.
Led by Grahame Russell of Rights Action, this educational seminar will be a seven-day road trip, visiting Honduran women and men in their home communities, learning of their courageous community and environmental defense struggles and confronting global companies and investors in the sectors of tourism, African palm, maquiladora sweatshops, mining, hydro dams, etc. Delegates will have the opportunity to speak with Honduran and North America experts about the historical and local-to-global underlying causes of the desperate situation in Honduras.
Correspondingly, delegates will also have the opportunity to learn what can be done in the U.S. and Canada to hold governments, companies and investors accountable for policies and actions that contribute to the very environmental, human rights, poverty and impunity crisis in Honduras that so many are suffering and fleeing from.
May 28 - June 4, 2017
(commitment to tour must be confirmed by March 6, 2017)
$1200 CDN ($900 USD)
Eight nights of lodging
Seven days of in-country travel
Three meals/day (most days)
Professional guide, translation, and honorariums for local groups that are part of the tour.
Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Honduras.
Grahame Russell's Bio
Grahame Russell is a non-practicing Canadian lawyer, author, adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and, since 1995, director of Rights Action. Since the 1980s, Grahame has worked on Central American environmental, development, human rights and justice issues. Rights Action funds and supports community-controlled development, environmental justice and human rights projects in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as in southern Mexico and El Salvador; and carries out education and activism work in the USA and Canada related to global human rights, enviro- and development issues.
Learn more & Register
Contact Cara-Lee Malange or Grahame Russell of Rights Action at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416.807.4436. Learn more about Rights Action and past delegations to Honduras and Guatemala.