Virtual Adult Speaker Series | TESTIMONIO: Canadian Mining in the Aftermath of Genocides in Guatemala

Date: Oct 18, 2021 18:30:00

Monday, Oct 18 2021 @6:30pm


What is land? A resource to be exploited? A commodity to be traded? A home to cherish? In Guatemala, a country still reeling from thirty-six years of US-backed state repression and genocides, dominant Canadian mining interests cash in on the transformation of land into “property,” while those responsible act with near-total impunity. As resources are ripped from the earth and communities and environments ripped apart, the act of standing in solidarity and bearing witness—rather than extracting knowledge—becomes more radical than ever.
Presented by Dr. Catherine Nolin
Catherine Nolin is professor and chair of the Department of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UNBC in Prince George, British Columbia. In 2021, Dr. Nolin was elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS). According to the RCGS, “fellows are individuals who have distinguished themselves by directly contributing to scientific knowledge in the field of geography, geographical exploration or allied sciences.” Catherine is a long-time researcher and social justice advocate for Indigenous and human rights, including more than 25 years grappling with the afterlives of the Guatemalan genocides. Nolin has worked with Grahame Russell of Rights Action for almost 20 years to organize and facilitate field schools to Guatemala for undergraduate and graduate students.

The official book launch for Catherine Nolin and Grahame Russell’s new book Testimonio: Canadian Mining in the Aftermath of Genocides in Guatemala is set for October 25th at 4pm PST on the Between the Lines Facebook page & Youtube Channel: 

The book is available locally at Books & Co as well as the UNBC Bookstore.