The Women of Lote Ocho
This mini-doc produced for Macleans Magazine, profiles a small group of Indigenous women from Guatemala who are suing a Canadian mining company. They allege that they were raped by company security personnel during evictions from their traditional Mayan Q'eqchi lands in 2007. The parcel of land known as Lote Ocho was leased to INCO, one of Canada's early trans-national mining companies in the 1970's. The land was then passed on in various deals, none of which included the Q'eqchi or considered their rights. A Toronto law firm brought the case to the Ontario Superior court, where it should go to trial in 2015. Thanks to the Michener -Deacon Fellowship Foundation for making it possible.