Todd Smith is a PSAC member from BC who travelled to Guatemala in March 2020 as part of the PSAC Social Justice Fund’s Education In Action delegation. Along with ten other PSAC members from across the country, Todd was there to learn more about the culture and some of the struggles Mayan people face daily and build solidarity between Canada and indigenous communities in Guatemala.
More about the Comité Campesino del Altiplano (CCDA)
The CCDA has been defending the economic, social and cultural rights of the Mayan people since 1982, struggling for equitable land distribution, developing sustainable agriculture, and promoting the economic empowerment of women. The PSAC Social Justice Fund has been supporting their programs since 2006. Today, the CCDA’s membership extends over 20 of the 22 cities in the country and 60% of program coordinators are women. Women are encouraged to become more economically independent through bee farming, honey and macadamia production and Tilapia fish farms.