Mexican Delegation Visits Ottawa to Attend Ground-Breaking Federal Court Hearing

A Delegation from Mexico is going to be visiting Ottawa to attend the Federal Court of Canada hearing of the family's submission for judicial review of the PSIC complaint. The delegation will be available for interviews and will be participating in various events in Ottawa the week of March 25-27. Members of this year's delegation are: Jose Luis Abarca, Mariano’s son Uriel Abarca Robber, Mariano’s brother Libertad Diaz, Otros Mundos Chiapas Martina Maria de los Angeles Mariscal Pioquinto, Journalist and Professor at Autonomous University of Chiapas

Public Events in Ottawa March 25-27, 2019

March 25 – Rally in Solidarity with Justice for Mariano as Federal Court Hears Ground Breaking Case.

Time: 08:30am, Place: Federal Court of Canada (90 Sparks St. Ottawa)

We will hold a rally and then accompany the Abarca family into the Federal Court hearing at 09:30am

Please wear black or dark clothes, and bring a black umbrella

March 26 – “The Fight for Justice for Mariano Abarca Breaks New Ground in Federal Court: A Discussion with Members of the Abarca Family and Allies”

Time: 6:00-7:30pm, Place: Carleton University, Tory Building, room 360.
The four members of the delegation as well as Shin Imai, Professor of Law (Osgoode Hall) and legal counsel to the family, will give presentations at this event.

The travelling photo exhibition (see note below), will be available for viewing beginning at 5:30pm.

Open to the public, refreshments will be provided.

March 27 – Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: New Developments and Challenges in the Fight for Justice for Mariano Abarca

Time: 12:00-1:30pm, Place: Amnesty International Boardroom, 312 Laurier Ave. E.

Please RSVP for the Lunch and Learn to by March 25.

This travelling photo exhibition is a Canadian adaptation, realized by Marie-Josée Massicotte and Karine Vanthuyne (both Associate Professors, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa), of a project that was originally developed by Paul Hersch Martínez in Mexico, in collaboration with Lilián González Chévez, Mariana Solorio Damián and Catalina Sedano Díaz, and the Actores Sociales of the Flora Medicinal in México (as part of the activities of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ASFM-INAH) and the Movimiento Moralense contra las Concesiones Mineras de Metales Preciosos). The photos and the accompanying text describe the social and environmental impacts of the dramatic development of the Canadian mining industry in Canada and abroad. In so doing, they give voice to Indigenous communities in Canada, Guatemala and Mexico that are affected by the new mining imperative. The exhibition also discusses the political, legal, economic and social changes that are required to rebalance the fundamentally unequal power relationship which, historically, has favoured the interests of the mining industry to the detriment of those of the affected communities and territories.

For more information or to request an interview: