[From the conference website:]
- Maudilia López Cardona is an indigenous Mayan Mam woman, Catholic nun, and international speaker from San Miguel Ixtahuacán, who works with her parish to support community members who are engaged in a struggle with Canadian gold mining company, Goldcorp, over concerns about human rights and the Marlin Mine. In 2009, Sister Maudilia travelled to Ottawa on behalf of 18 communities to present an official complaint about Goldcorp`s Marlin Mine to the Canadian Government. She is a tireless defender of human rights and Mother Earth, which she says cannot be separated.
- Robert Morales is the lead negotiator for the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group and the person behind their strategy of taking their land rights case to the Inter-American Commission and using this as leverage to take on the corporations that are working on their territory.
- Tara Scurr is Amnesty International Canada`s Business and Human Rights campaigner. Her first visit to Guatemala in 1993 introduced her to men and women fighting for respect for their basic human rights. In 2006, she joined Amnesty`s BHR team and in 2011 participated in Amnesty`s international research mission to Guatemala to investigate the impact of extractives industries on Indigenous peoples. She no longer wears the Canadian flag on her backpack while travelling there.
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