EL PORVENIR : A SELF-SUSTAINABLE VISION FOR ORGANIC FOOD SECURITY
an illustrated presentation by Álvaro Moreno
Learn how small organic producers are
securing self-sustainability and food security for their region. Alvaro will
also discuss the impact of the peace accords in community development in
Colombia. “El Porvenir” is a Spanish term that has no translation into English.
It basically means “The way forward” or “A vision for the future”.
In May 2019, Álvaro completed a
one-year placement in Colombia with Cuso International. He worked as an
Organizational Development Advisor for Fruandes, a small, fair trade, organic
enterprise exporting dried fruit to the US, Canada, and Europe. Álvaro also
helped Fruandes develop a strategic plan, and assisted a small cooperative of
organic farmers start an inspiring agro-eco-tourism plan to promote
self-sustainability and food security.
Doors open 7 pm Live music 7:30 pm Presentation 8 pm
Local internationalist and long time CASC member Kevin Neish will give an illustrated talk and lead a discussion about his 30 years of work as a human rights defender in Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Palestine, theUnist’ot’en Camp and four Freedom Flotillas to Gaza. In particular he will talk about the use and abuse of “white/class privilege” in solidarity work.
Music by Grupo Raices
The roots of Latin American music with musical director, composer and guitarist Diego Barrientos; Alberto Callo on percussion and vocals; and Chrissie Forster on vocals, flute and guitar.
7pm – doors open 7:30pm – music 8pm – presentation
1625 Fernwood Road Fernwood Community Association
Admission by donation Refreshments and fair trade organic coffee
World Community and Cafe Etico Journey to several organic coffee farms in the jungle highlands of Nicaragua (the source of World Community Coffee and Cafe Etico.) Farmers discuss how their fair trade arrangements with the co-ops have brought some security to their families. The film also follows the process of both cacao and milk production of what is considered the poorest country in Central America.
The film will be followed by discussion with Steve Stewart of CoDev of Vancouver.
Admission by donation.
Doors at 7pm Music at 7:30pm Presentation at 8pm
Refreshments and Nicaraguan Fair Trade Coffee available Presented by: The Victoria Central America Support Committee
Tourism in the Peruvian Andes: Marketing Spirituality and Romance
An illustrated talk by Dr. Karoline Guelke, University of Victoria, Department of Anthropology
Based on her fieldwork, Karoline will address the problems of
inequality, cultural appropriation, and more, associated with tourism in Latin
America. Benefits of tourism, as expressed by local people, will also be
discussed. The presentation will be accompanied by slides from Dr Guelke’s
You are invited to a presentation and discussion with
Steve Stewart on Canadian foreign policy in Latin America with Venezuela, Honduras and beyond
The Canadian government’s inflammatory position regarding Venezuela has
been in the news recently, but much more is happening that does not make
headlines in Canada. Steve will present on the impacts of Canadian foreign
policy in Venezuela, Honduras and elsewhere in Latin America.
Steve Stewart is CoDev’s Executive Director, and a former
journalist. He covered the civil wars
and land, labour and human rights struggles during the 1990s in Mexico,
Guatemala and El Salvador for the CERIGUA news agency. He was the Co-Chair of
the Americas Policy Group from April 2016-March, 2019 and is active with BC CASA/Cafe
Justicia and the Mining Justice Alliance. CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev) is a
Vancouver-based NGO that builds partnerships between organizations in Canada
and Latin America to support women’s, workers and human rights and sustainable
1923 Fernwood Road
Doors open at 7 pm: Music at 7:30 p, Presentation at 8:0 pm
CASC is fortunate to host this outstanding speaker Monday March 18, at Fernwood Community Association, 1923 Fernwood Road. Doors open at 7 pm Presentation at 7:30 pm
Lucia’s talk will centre on the general political context in Mexico and the challenges faced by indigenous movements.
Lucia is an Indigenous Nahuatl, from the central zone of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, a teacher of indigenous education since 2002. She has actively participated in the foundation of the Democratic Movement of Teachers in Veracruz – MMPV- and is currently a political leader collective “Totlahtol Yoltok”.
Lucia’s talk will centre on the general political context in Mexico and the challenges faced by indigenous movements. Lucia is an Indigenous Nahuatl, from the central zone of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, a teacher of indigenous education since 2002. She has actively participated in the foundation of the Democratic Movement of Teachers in Veracruz – MMPV- and is currently a political leader collective “Totlahtol Yoltok”.
Trade Coffee Admission by donation
Mark the date for our first cafe of 2019 on January 25!
1923 Fernwood Road Doors open at 7 Live Music at 7:30 pm Presentation at 8 pm
Slide show and panel lead by Eric Doherty with other speakers, Followed by ample time for discussion and action ideas. Climate change is affecting the lives of many Central Americans as well as Canadians and has widespread global consequences. We can be part of the solution!
Refreshments: Fair Trade Organic Coffee from Nicaragua
Admission by donation All welcome!
Sponsored by the Victoria Central America Support Committee