"I want Canadians to know that the silver, and possibly the gold, that is being extracted from Guatemala is bloodstained," said human rights lawyer and activist, Rafael Maldonaldo.
There has been a lack of consultation between Guatemala's government and Tahoe Resources Inc. (a Canada-based mining company), and the local communities in the region.
Maggie Padlewska travelled there last month, to explore the allegations, and to document the voices of the communities impacted by Tahoe's Escobal Mine in San Rafael and surrounding areas.
The NISGUA organization is the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. The group's mission centres around connecting North American activists with Guatemala citizens in the “grassroots global struggle for justice, human dignity and respect for the Earth.” The collaboration specifically mentions connection building between U.S. and Guatemalan activists, but there’s no reason Canadians can't also contribute to this support network.