Activism, refugee policies, corporations & social awareness - Book launch of Canada-Chile Solidarity

Activism, refugee policies, corporations and social awareness: Canadian reactions to the 1973 overthrow of democracy in Chile

Canada-Chile Solidarity, 1973-1990. Testimonies of Civil Society Action, has just been published by Novalis Press. Based on original documents from that period, it analyses the role of civil society activism in influencing refugee policies, corporate investments and social awareness. It is a must-read for all those interested in Canada-Latin America relations and for those studying solidarity as a crucial practice in this era of massive forced displacement.

Our speakers

John Packer | Welcome remarks
Neuberger Jesin Professor & Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), University of Ottawa

Stephen Baranyi | Moderator
Full Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa

Joe Gunn | Why Canadians cared and how they reacted
Executive Director, Centre Oblat, St. Paul University U St. Paul

John Foster | Churches and refugee policies
Lecturer, University of Regina

Laura Macdonald | The task force on churches and corporate responsibility
Professor, Department of political Science, Carleton University

Liisa North, Editor of the book | General reflections
Professor Emeritus, York University

Andrea Droppelmann | Closing remarks
Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Chile in Canada

Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)


Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)

Refreshments for this event are generously provided by the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC).

CERLAC is a York University-based hub for inter- and multidisciplinary research on Latin America and the Caribbean, their diasporas, and their relations with Canada and the rest of the world. It provides a meeting space for faculty, students, and visitors to discover common interests; supports their projects by facilitating grant administration, partnership formation, and the co-production and sharing of knowledge; and trains new generations of regional scholars.

Latin American & Carribean Studies (LACS) at Carleton University


Latin American & Carribean Studies (LACS) at Carleton University

Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) at Carleton University is an exciting interdisciplinary academic program that brings together a network of university professors and students who share common interests in the study of the region and its diasporas. It provides an intellectual home to discuss shared interests, participate in debate, as well as produce and share knowledge about the region.

Book - Canada-Chile Solidarity 1973-1990: Testimonies of Civisociety Action

About the book

Canada-Chile Solidarity 1973-1990

The stories and documents presented here relate key facets of the history of Canadian civil society solidarity with Chile after the September 1973 military coup d’etat. It is a history that speaks to the importance of well-organized and coordinated civic action in the formulation of public policy, especially with regard to refugees and dealing with dictatorships; it also speaks to the significance of refugee and exile community contributions to Canadian society. In addition to retrospective interpretations by activists, through the documents that are reproduced here, we hear the voices of the churches, unions, civic organizations, government officials, corporate leaders, and others as events were unfolding, as they tried to convince each other about the directions that Canadian policy toward Chile and Latin America should take.

Date and time
Sep 14, 2023
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Open to all. | RSVP required.
Format and location
In person
Fauteux Hall (FTX)
FTX570 (57 Louis-Pasteur private, uOttawa)
General public