Thursday, November 19, 2015 Friends House (60 Lowther Ave.) 6:30 – 9:30
All are welcomed!
Colombian labour and Indigenous leaders will discuss the peace process in Colombia and share their stories of resistance to multinational corporate plunder.
In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Canada’s new “Americas Policy,” through which Canada would build trade ties with governments that shared Canada’s values of “democracy, human rights, rule-of-law and good governance". Then he announced negotiations for a free trade and investment deal with Colombia, the country with the worst human rights record in the hemisphere. The Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCOFTA), implemented in 2011, raised serious human rights concerns for vulnerable populations amid Colombia’s internal conflict, including fears that it could foment and protect investments associated with militarization, violence and forced displacement.
1. FRANCISCO CUELLAR, Colombian trade unionist, expert on the proliferation of multinational & Canadian corporate control of Colombia’s mining-energy extractive industries.
2. FELIPE UNCACIA, U'wa First Nation spokesperson for the Association of Indigenous Traditional Authorities of the Department of Arauca, Colombia. 3. JASMIN HRISTOV, Assistant Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. Author of: Paramilitarism and Neoliberalism.