Guatemala mission highlights CANADA 150 themes


The mission marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with the journey of the rainbow flag on the Avenue of the Americas

Guatemalans visiting the Central Park in front of the National Palace celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and play hockey.

Guatemala is embracing the themes of Canada’s 150 in a number of ways. All activities are designed to focus on youth, celebrate our diversity, establish a spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and strengthen our environmental awareness.

On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia May 17 Canada’s embassy in the City of Guatemala kicked off activities to promote diversity throughout Pride Month in June. The mission worked in collaboration with Guatemala’s umbrella organization on sexual diversity rights.

The mission marked the journey of the rainbow flag from the Canadian Embassy to the Canada Plaza, a well-known and highly transited location on Avenue of the Americas in Guatemala City, where it was flown.

Meanwhile, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales Cabrera visited the Canada booth at the Cultural Festival in Central Park in front of the National Palace. For most of May, Guatemalans, in particular school children and youth, could visit the booth to find information about Canada’s 150th anniversary and play hockey.

Also in May representatives of the mission in Guatemala participated in a Donor Group G13 field visit on Climate Change. They went on a field visit to Chiquimula and El Progreso, located within Guatemala’s ‘dry corridor’.  The visit was given special prominence due to the participation of Guatemala’s Vice President, the Ministers of Agriculture and Environment, two Environment Vice-Ministers, and local mayors.

Earlier in April the mission launched a pilot initiative called the Indigenous Peoples’ Professional Experience Program. The mission hopes this will provide the opportunity to strengthen daily decisions that relate to Indigenous populations, including program design and delivery.

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