Latin American Working Group
Organization profile published 1982

Year Published:  1982  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2523

Abstract:  The Latin American Working Group (LAWG) is an independent non-profit research and educational organization, which was founded in 1966 as a voluntary organization to encourage greater understanding by Canadians of Latin America. LAWG maintains an extensive resource centre, comprised of Spanish, Portugese, and English language publications. The centre also includes clipping-files on most Latin American, Central American and Caribbean countries, as well as on topics such as Canadian trade, investment, labour, church, and human rights. LAWG works with organizations in Toronto, across Canada, and internationally which are concerned with the major cultural,political, and economic issues of Latin America today. In particular, LAWG provides trade union, church, media, development education, and solidarity organizations with up-to-date information and analysis on Latin America and Canada's relationship to it. LAWG publishes several publications: the "LAWG Letter",which analyzes Canada's political, economic, and social relations with Latin America from a critical perspective; the "Latin America and Caribbean Labour Report", which provides an overview of major trade union struggles in Latin America; and "Central America Update", a joint publication of LAWG and the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice, which provides up-to-date analysis of developments in Central America on a bi-monthly basis. Major research initiatives have resulted in the publication of "Falconbridge: Portrait of a Multinational", "Population Target", and "Perpetuating Poverty: The Political Economy of Canadian Foreign Aid". LAWG has produced two slide shows, "Dependency by Design: Colonial Roots of Underdevelopment in Latin America", and "We Want Our Nickel Back- The Story of Falconbridge",which are available both for purchase and rental. LAWG also maintains an extensive slide catalogue and graphics file, and operates a mail-order bookstore of materials on Latin America in English and Spanish. For a free copy of LAWG's catalogue please write to the above address.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1982.
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