Latin American Mission Program

Publisher:  Sr. Marie Berge, Voluntary Resource Council
Year Published:  1981  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2318

The Latin American Mission Program (L.A.M.P.) was established in the late sixties by the Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown.

Abstract:  The Latin American Mission Program (L.A.M.P.) was established in the late sixties by the Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown. Its basic mandate is twofold: 1) to send missionaries to its mission in the Dominican Republic to learn of the life of the Dominican people, their struggles and the causes of the oppression and poverty of the people and 2) to bring this third world awareness home to P.E.I. people and local struggling groups. L.A.M.P. is preseently involved in a mission education program throughout the diocese; this year's theme is "Living in an Age of Martyrs."

L.A.M.P. has produced briefs dealing with local issues. One of these was presented to the Inquiry on the Fishery in 1980. The brief draws parallels between the struggles in Atlantic Canada and in the Dominican Republic. In both cases, the renewable resources are controlled by transnationals - "Our experience in Third World countries and here in Canada has shown us that people who work in the primary industries must be able to control their product right through to the market place and into the hands of the consumers. Otherwise those who control the industry are always all-powerful and merciless corporations whose only end is profit for the few....Just as Gulf and Western controls much of the producing land in the Dominican Republic, so H.B. Nickerson & Sons Ltd. controls fisheries in the Maritimes. The voicelessness of the fishermen is comparable to the voicelessness of the struggling poor in Latin America. Fishermen here are at the mercy of the corporations." The brief goes on to recommend that the P.E.I. government provide legislation which will enable fishermen to use collective bargaining as a means of exerting at least minimum control on the industry. L.A.M.P. also presented a brief to the National Farm Products Marketing Council; it deals with the Eastern Canada Potato Producers Council Proposal for a Potato Marketing Agency for Eastern Canada.


See also CX2370.
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