Unveiling of the Berta Cáceres Memorial at Hayes Farm in Fredericton
All are invited to the unveiling of the Berta Cáceres Memorial at Hayes Farm in Fredericton (577 Hillcrest Dr.) on Wednesday, August 25 at 12 noon. With a welcome by Wolastoqewi Kci-Sakom spasaqsit possesom – Ron Tremblay.
Space is limited. Please RSVP with Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berta Cáceres was an Indigenous Lenca activist from Honduras assassinated for her activism against a dam that would have destroyed the sacred Gualcarque River. Several resource extraction projects that Berta opposed were Canadian-owned, which is why Central American solidarity groups in Canada are working with Berta’s family and colleagues to support justice for Berta. She also opposed the 2009 Canadian/American-backed coup in Honduras. When Berta, a high-profiled activist who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, was murdered, it signaled that no activist in Honduras was safe.
Responding to calls from Berta’ family to plant a tree in her memory on the 5th anniversary of her assassination and what would have been her 50th birthday, Fredericton residents have come together to plant two apple trees at Hayes Farm. A bench inspired by Berta’s life and activism crafted by local artist Bruce Gray will be installed between the two trees. The bench will have a plaque made by Aitkens Pewter.
Why Hayes Farm? Hayes Farm is an urban teaching farm in Fredericton’s Devon neighbourhood. Teaching regenerative agriculture and respecting Indigenous culture and food ways, Hayes Farm embodies the vision, principles and practices that were also Berta’s. Berta was a teacher who gave her life protecting the water, food and medicine of the Lenca people.
Berta didn’t die! She multiplied!