Mohawk land defender Ellen Gabriel on the continuing struggle for land and territory

Peace Brigades International closely followed the July-September 1990 confrontation between Mohawk land defenders (who opposed the expansion of a golf course onto Indigenous burial grounds) and the Quebec police and Canadian army. That 78-day confrontation took place just 50 kilometres west of Montreal and about 150 kilometres east of Ottawa Read more…

PBI-Honduras and PBI-Guatemala accompany Indigenous communities opposed to dams

Peace Brigades International accompanies human rights defenders who oppose the construction of major hydroelectric dams that negatively impact rivers and Indigenous communities without their free, prior and informed consent. The Peaceful Resistance of Cahabón PBI-Guatemala accompanies the Peaceful Resistance of Cahabón which is comprised of Indigenous Q’eqchi Mayan communities. Telesur Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies community that seeks return of its land now occupied by a Canadian-backed military base

On July 29, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project posted, “Yesterday we accompanied the Chicoyogüito community in commemorating the eviction of their lands on July 28, 1968. The ceremony took place outside the Creompaz facilities.” CREOMPAZ is a United Nations training base for peacekeepers, located about 220 kilometres north-east of Guatemala Read more…

PBI-Canada’s Paul Bocking reports on his field visit to Mexico

Toronto-based Peace Brigades International-Canada Board of Directors member Paul Bocking recently travelled to Mexico. This is his report: On Tuesday, June 25, I met with Virry Schaafsma, the advocacy coordinator for PBI-Mexico, and representatives of several international and Mexico-based human rights groups (including Oxfam, UNHCR, CNDH, PRODESC, PODER, etc) at Read more…