Help support our work in 2023

Published by Brent Patterson on

Dear friend,

The donations we received in 2022 helped us to:

* visit PBI accompanied defenders in Colombia who have seen their communities impacted by Canadian oil and gas corporations

* organize 6 webinars to amplify the voices of PBI accompanied defenders and connect them with audiences here; we had 800+ registrants for these webinars and the videos of those webinars have had 850+ views

* organize 2 online forums to help recruit PBI field volunteers; we had 100+ registrants for those webinars and the videos of them have had 175+ views

* share daily updates about PBI accompanied struggles on social media; this year we grew our Twitter audience to 8,490+ followers (up 1,500+ this year)

* raise $21,000 to send directly to PBI projects in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico to support the physical accompaniment of at-risk defenders

* produce 30+ e-newsletters and growing that audience to 1,100 readers per issue

* highlight through articles, social media and interventions (including at the United Nations) Indigenous land defence struggles in this country including the Wet’suwet’en, Secwepemc, Gitxsan, Mohawks, Algonquins and Innu.

Coming up in 2023!

We have a lot planned for this coming year, including organizing more webinars and field volunteer outreach forums, building awareness of PBI accompanied defenders through social media, raising the money crucial for physical accompaniment, and continuing to produce e-newsletters and highlight Indigenous land defence struggles in this country.

We are also planning to:

* bring PBI accompanied defenders from Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico to Toronto in March when the PDAC mining convention takes place to build public awareness about how Canadian mining has impacted human rights and their communities

* bring PBI accompanied social leaders from Colombia to Toronto in May when the Frontera Energy shareholders meeting takes place so that these social leaders can talk about the criminalization they have experienced from the company

* help organize a land defender convergence in Victoria in August with PBI accompanied land defenders

* visit environmental defenders in Guatemala and help visibilize their struggle and amplify shared concerns about the sugar plantations that undermine their right to water given that Canada is one of the largest importers of sugar grown in Guatemala

* build our capacity to accompany Indigenous land defenders in this country by beginning a consultation process with them based on hearing their needs and reflecting on how our model works in Latin America.

All of this requires your support.

To support this work, you can:

Mail a cheque to: Peace Brigades International-Canada, 211 Bronson Avenue, #220, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6H5.

Make a one-time or monthly online donation here.

Thank you for your support!

Brent at PBI-Canada

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