Land, Trade & Democracy

Claudia Lopez

CoDev & the Connective Project are excited to invite you to join us on September 21 & 22, 2012 to a dialogue about the Colombian conflict, Canada-Colombia relations and our role as Canadians.

The conference will bring local Colombians and Canadians together to learn about the current Colombian context, to analyze Canadian policy towards Colombia and to consider future areas of work. It will provide a space for learning, reflection and sharing to advance solidarity work with the Colombian people, particularly with the indigenous people of Northern Cauca.

Keynote Speakers

Claudia Lopez, a political researcher and analyst and one of Colombia’s key contributors to democratic development for her dedication to rule of law, particularly in her work to expose the links between members of Colombia’s Congress and the paramilitary forces. Watch Claudia’s TEDx presentation.

Jorge Palomino, a leader with the Indigenous Youth Movement in Northern Cauca. The Nasa people and their organization (ACIN), are an icon of non-violent resistance in the face of Colombia’s ongoing conflict. They recently gave notice to all armed groups that they will not tolerate any more armed violence in their territory.

Conference Times & Venues

There are two sessions: Fri, Sept 21, 7pm – 9:30pm & Sat, Sept 22, 9:30am – 4:30pm. Both sessions are free of charge.  Note that the sessions are in two different locations, although both in downtown Vancouver. Friday evening will be at SFU Harbour Centre in the Fletcher Room 1900 (515 West Hastings St)  & the Saturday session will be at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue (580 West Hastings St).

Conference Program

*DRAFT Program (PDF) – full program will be available at the conference


While there is no cost to attend either of the conference sessions we do require you to register so we can be prepared for your presence! To register please visit: NOTE: Please be sure to select the appropriate option depending on if you are planning on attending Fri only, Sat only or both Fri & Sat.

2 Responses to Land, Trade & Democracy

  1. Larry Kuehn says:

    When I tried to register a message came up saying that page did not exist.

  2. Kyla says:

    Thanks Larry for finding the link problem – there was a missing letter! Should be fixed now.

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