Maya Ki’ché Indigenous Knowledge Exchange in Toronto

Indigenous Circle / Cercle des Autochtones
Friday, November 1, 2019
11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

The OPSEU Indigenous Circle invites you to this event to learn about maternal, newborn child and adolescent health challenges and successes Indigenous Maya K’iche’ peoples face in Guatemala’s Western Highlands and to introduce the OPSEU Indigenous Circle/Horizons partnership that includes a Knowledge Exchange trip to Guatemala.

The OPSEU Indigenous Circle has partnered with Horizons of Friendship for an Indigenous knowledge exchange to Guatemala on February 7-17, 2020 as part of their Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health: Transforming Indigenous Lives (MNCH) project.  In February 2017, Region 7 member Geri Kakeeway met with Mayan partners during a trip to Guatemala.  Subsequent to the trip, Maya Ki’Ché women from the communities there joined the OPSEU Indigenous Water Ceremony and symposium on March 2, 2017 at George Brown University on UN World Water Day.  Some of the women partnered with the OPSEU Indigenous Circle and Wikwemkoong Unceded First Nation for the Indigenous Conference on Manitoulin Island on June 22-24, 2018.  The next step of this partnership includes sending OPSEU Indigenous members to Guatemala who are health care practitioners and/or work with women who have experienced violence.

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