Category Archives: Café Simpatico

Mining in the Andes: An Indigenous Struggle

Friday, April 26 – doors 7 pm, 7:30 pm presentation

A talk by anthropologist and author Peter Gose

In the last 30 years, Indigenous anti-mining struggles in the Andes have been widespread and highly visible. Previously, however, mining was integrated into the Indigenous agrarian world and its ritual relations to the land. This talk sheds light on that radical reversal to better understand contemporary anti-extractivist struggles in Peru and Bolivia.

Everyone is welcome! Refreshments include Fair Trade Nicaraguan coffee. Donations gratefully accepted.

Paul Phillips Hall at Fernwood Community Association
1923 Fernwood Road

El Salvador: Update and Analysis

Friday, March 29 2024

Presentation by Francisco Canjura, a Salvadoran who was a 2014 election observer and has returned to El Salvador on several occasions.

Bring your comments and questions to this discussion about recent events in Central America’s smallest and most densely populated country. Also, we remember Archbishop Oscar Romero, now known as Saint Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in San Salvador, on March 24, 1980.

Doors open and music at 7 pm: presentation at 7:30 pm.

Everyone is welcome! Refreshments include fair trade Nicaraguan coffee. Donations are appreciated.

Paul Phillips Hall at Fernwood Community Association

1923 Fernwood Road

La Tumba Mambi – Rhythm of Freedom

February 23rd

Join us in February at Cafe Simpatico for a film screening of La Tumba Mambi. 

The docu-fiction La Tumba Mambi is the result of a long collaboration between University of Victoria anthropologist Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Cuban DJ Jigüe, and the members of the Tumba Francesa La Caridad de Oriente, a traditional cultural group located in Santiago de Cuba. Shot entirely in Eastern Cuba and edited in Havana over a period of more than 6 years, this short-length film of 27 minutes speaks to how friendship can make things happen in spite of daily life challenges.   

Filmmaker and professor,  Alexandrine Boudreault -Fournier will be present to discuss the film and answer questions.    


Everyone is welcome! Refreshments including Fair Trade Nicaraguan coffee.  Donations are welcome. 

Sponsored by Central America Support Committee (CASC)

Friday, February 23, 2024

Paul Phillips Hall at Fernwood Community Association 

1923 Fernwood Road 

Doors open at 7:00 PM: music at 7:30 PM; presentation at 8:00 PM.

Cafe Simpatio: Haiti Betrayed

Friday March 24th

Cafe Simpatico invites you to a documentary film viewing of Haiti Betrayed by Elaine Briere, internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker.

Q&A and discussion with filmmaker to follow.

Paul Phillips Hall, Fernwood Community Association 1923 Fernwood Road

Doors open 7pm

Event starts at 7:30pm

Presented by the Victoria Central America Support Committee

Refreshments and fair trade Nicaraguan coffee available.

All welcome – donations gratefully accepted

After Arrival: Victoria Premiere Oct 28

You are invited to Cafe Simpatico for the Victoria premiere of an exciting and thougthful new documentary film: After Arrival.

Launched as part of the World Refugee Day events in Canada, in 2021 this film showcases the incredible journey of three LGBTQIA+ refugee claimants who have become leaders in our community. It gives a glimlpse into the experience of Dennis Juarez, Kristi Pinderi (he/him), and Norma Lize.

These remarkable individuals all arrived in Canada as refugee claimants and they each made significant community impact through their leadership.

Thanks to the Coalition for Survivors of Torture for the film see: The film will be followed by a discussion adn Q&A session with local activists.

Friday October 28th
Doors: 7pm
Film: 7:30pm
Paul Phillips Hall, Fernwood Community Association, 1923 Fernwood Road.

Refreshments and Nicaraguan Organic Fair Trade coffee available.

All welcome. Admission by donation.

Come see old friends and familiar facts.

Presented by the Victoria Central America Support Committee (CASC)

If you live in Victoria or nearby Saanich, Oak Bay, or Esquimalt and need a ride to Cafe please call Robbie at 250-383-0674.

Cafe Simpatio April 29, 2022: Canadian Tourism in Cuba

You are invited to Cafe Simpatico – Live, in person and on location!

Friday April 29

Doors open at 7 pm. Live music with “Dancing on a Pony Keg.”

Presentation at 8 pm:

Canadian Tourism in Cuba with Robbie Clarke, local community and international solidarity activist.

Refreshments and Fair-Trade Organic coffee available. Admission by donation.

Paul Phillips Hall, Fernwood Community Association, 1923 Fernwood Road

The Victoria Central America Support Committed acknowledges that this event will be held on the unceded territory of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.


Café Simpatico March 25,2022

Café Simpatico March 25,2022

Café Simpatico on Zoom: NEW DIRECTIONS for CHILE

Time: Mar 25, 2022 07:00 PM PDT

Recording available:

Presenter: Francis Valveerde

Francis Valveerde

Francis lived in exile in Canada from the Pinochet regime with her family and returned to Chile in 1980 to attend university. She worked with the Human Rights commission. Four decades later she continues to work for Human Rights in Chile. She focussed on the rights of children through many organizations including the UN, in education at the grassroots level, part of the team writing the reports to the Human Rights UN Committee, working with the people whose human rights were violated (tortured, families of the disappeared), and young people in the poblaciónes.

She has been president of ACCION, the Chilean Association of NGOs; member of the board of the National network of children and youth NGO and a member of the Participation National Council, created by President Bachelet, that for a year worked on changes in laws on civil society participation. Since 2012. she has been one of the Block for Children spokespersons, a national network of approximately 100 children’s organizations and institutions. She continues to dedicate her passion for rights action at the grassroots level. Her presentation will be followed by a discussion and a Q&A.

Arpillera of women dancing
with photos of their missing loved
ones during Pinochet regime.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 8385 2972

Cafe Simpatico on Zoom: Honduras Today

Feb. 25 at 7pm PST

Presenters: James Phillips, Ph.D. and William Feyrer

Phillips is a cultural anthropologist at Southern Oregon University. His book Honduras in Dangerous Times: Resistance and Resilience was published in 2015.

Feyrer, of Victoria, is speaking in hims many hears of involvement with Honduran market women and their families.

Join Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 863 5882 7550

January 28, 2022 Café Simpatico on Zoom: Peru

The Victoria Central America Support Committee invites you to join the January Café Simpatico on ZOOM:

Jan 28, 2022 06:30 PM Pacific Time

Guest Presenter: Rosa María Leyzaquía Vargas of Peru

The promises and challenges presented by the election of a left-leaning rural school teacher to the presidency.

Rosa Maria is the National Secretary for Gender Equity for the Union of Education Workers of Peru (SUTEP), which represents teachers and other workers in Peru’s public education system.

She & SUTEP were active in the campaign last year to elect teacher Pedro Castillo as president of Peru.


SUTEP – Peru (Sindicato Unitario de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras en la Educacion del Peru – Union of Peruvian Education Workers)

For more information see: Facebook: @Sutep.Peru

Licda. Rosa María Leyzaquía Vargas

Zoom Link to Café:

Meeting ID: 881 3939 6845

For information about CASC see:



Cafe Simpatico Dec 3: Yves Engler’s “Stand on Guard for Whom?”

If you missed Yves Engler in person on the island recently, here is your chance to hear and see him talk about his latest book,

Yves is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable progressive writers. He does amazing research and documents our political landscape clearly and honestly. He is the author of many earlier books, including “House of Mirrors” about Trudeau’s foreign policy.

Don’t miss this in-depth and scathing revelation about Canada’s military.

For more information see:
Join Yves other activists for his talk and discussion after.
Do share thus event notice with your networks.

Café Zoom Meeting
Friday, Dec 3, 2021 at 07:00 PM Pacific Time

Meeting ID: 816 7636 5962

Presented by Victoria Central America Support Committee
For more information on Victoria’s dynamic solidarity organization see: