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Sackville - Reclaiming the Future: Decolonizing hearts and 'mines' in Guatemala

    Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 19:00

    Sackville - Reclaiming the Future: Decolonizing hearts and 'mines' in Guatemala

    Please join Amnesty International, Breaking the Silence, the Mount Allison University Department of Modern Languages, and the United Church Mining the Connections Committee in welcoming Sister Maudilia Lopez Cardona from Guatemala as she speaks about the legacy of Goldcorp’s Marlin mine in western Guatemala.  After more than a decade of gold mining the mine is now closed and affected communities are demanding that the Canadian company and the Guatemalan State be held accountable for future human rights and environmental harms. Maudilia will discuss ways in which Canadians  can respond.


    Maudilia López Cardona is an Indigenous woman, Catholic sister and human rights defender from Mam territory in Guatemala. She is the coordinator of the Defenders of Mother Earth committee of the Parish of San Miguel Ixtahuacan, Guatemala. For 21 years, Maudilia has lived in the community and worked with Mam women on issues related to decolonization of thought, oppression, discrimination, and cultural identity. In 2009, in response to the mounting human rights issues related to Goldcorp’s Marlin mine, she helped found and coordinate the work of FREDEMI, the San Miguel Ixtahuacan Defence Front, and travelled to Canada to submit a Specific Instance Complaint to Canada’s National Contact Point to the OECD. She has been an active participant and leader in community resistance to Goldcorp’s Marlin mine ever since. She is also completing her Masters degree in Anthropology at the University of San Carlos, Guatemala.

    Maudilia will be in Canada from May 18-31 to talk about the impacts of the Marlin mine on women and girls in her community and share how Indigenous peoples living near the mine are bracing themselves for a new wave of economic, environmental, labour and social impacts they expect will result from the closure of the mine.

    Please contact with any questions or concerns. 
    Avard Dixon Hall - Mount Allison Univeristy
    Room 116
    Sackville , New Brunswick
    New Brunswick CA