Latin American Heritage Month

Latin American Heritage Month

Latin American immigrants and their communities play and have played a key role in the social, economic, political, and cultural fabric of Canada. In recognition of this significant contribution to Canadian life, Parliament designated the month of October as Latin American Heritage Month in 2018. This is an occasion for us to honour the contributions and share the achievements of Latin Americans in Canada. But it also an opportunity to explore the shared legacy of colonialism in Canada and Latin America, reflect on the common challenges posed by coloniality today, and foster productive Inter-American dialogues for reciprocal solidarity.  

The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies celebrates Latin American Heritage Month and invites you to learn more about innovative forms of equity and inclusivity borne out of the pluricultural and multilingual experiences in the territory that is often referred to as Latin America, but that many call Abya Yala. We are committed to showcasing and promoting the vibrant diversity of Latin American cultures and experiences on campus and to the broader community through programs like the Annual Latin American Film Festival, organized in collaboration with Kitchener Public Library, and the Spanish Conversation Circle offered through the Waterloo Public Library (at the John M. Harper Branch). We also create spaces to promote interdisciplinary collaborations that recognize multiple ways of thinking. 

Madelaine Cahuas

This year, Dr. Madelaine Cahuas will deliver a lecture titled “Unsettling Latinx Senses of Place: Stories from Tkaronto,” on the fight for environmental justice undertaken by Latin American immigrant women in Toronto. Doctor Cahuas is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, and a Latina feminist urban scholar. She holds a PhD (2018) from the University of Toronto, where she focused on Latinx urban life and politics, specifically in Toronto. 

Last year’s celebration of Latin American Heritage Month included an event with sociologist Dolores Figueroa Romero and Indigenous activist Norma Don Juan Pérez, who shared their work on violence against Indigenous women in Mexico and Canada in a presentation titled Binational Dialogues on the Challenges to Document Violence Against Indigenous Women in Mexico and Canada.”  

We would also like to acknowledge the help and support received by our colleagues from the Equtiy, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Office in organizing LAHM activities, namely Dr. Cahuas’s lecture. 

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Dr. Abrams Ansari Presents "Salvadorian revolutionary music and its infuence on the development of social and political movements"

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