Harper government conducts surveillance of First Nations instead of resolving violations of Indigenous peoples' rights
Unceded Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, December 6, 2011 -- The Defenders of the Land (DotL), a network of Indigenous Communities, on Tuesday condemned reports that in 2007, the Harper government established a national and international police surveillance network to spy on Indigenous Peoples and their supporters for defending Indigenous Peoples' self-determination and land rights. The RCMP surveillance operation shared its findings with private industry.
For the past 25 years, Leocadio Juracan has been the National Coordinator of the Comité Campesino del Altiplano – CCDA (Highland’s Committee of Peasant Farmers). Beginning his journey in the struggle for land and labour rights in Guatemala at just 14 years old when he participated in the first ever national Campesino March, he later played a role as a spokesman for the campesino movement in the peace negotiations, leading to the 1996 Peace Accords which officially marked the end of Guatemala’s 36-year internal armed conflict. Since then, Mr. Juracan has accompanied and represented diverse small scale farmers groups in their struggle for the defense and recovery of territory and resources. In the late 1990s, Mr.
Special Event: Leocadio Juracan on Indigenous Peasant Farmers’ Land Rights and Forced Displacement in Guatemala
Presented with Education in Action, MiningWatch Canada, PSAC Social Justice Fund, Territorio Libre, and the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA)
Coffee & treats will be served.
In 2012, Cultural Survival celebrated their 40-year anniversary. Their goal throughout these four decades has been to partner with “Indigenous communities around the world to defend their lands, languages and cultures.”