International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
The Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Ecuador, as part of the International Program “Children of Mother Earth", carried out, in union with the indigenous leaders in the country, different activities to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous peoples.
In Quito, the event began with a ceremony at the Itchimbía (sacred hill of the radiant sun) whose central theme was the revaluation of indigenous culture, the rescue of its cosmogony and the return to its roots.
The event was attended by Yaku Pérez, President of Ecuador Runacunapac Riccharimui, "Peasant Movement of Ecuador" (Ecuarunari), personalities of the region and activists for peace. (List of personalities present)
The act of epistemological coloniality was part of the act that consists in the substitution of Hispanic-colonial names for original Kichwa-Opreinika names, representing the connection that each human being has with Pachamama (Mother Earth).
Fair for peace
In Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, 12 representatives of the tsáchila and chachi peoples, together with the GEAP, developed a Peace for Mother Earth Fair that covered the following topics:
- International Day of the Indigenous Peoples.
- International Program Children of Mother Earth.
- Indigenous peoples, cosmogony and ancestral customs.
- Results of the Encounters of the Children of Mother Earth, promoted by the GEAP.
The exhibitions were given by the Guardians for the Peace of Mother Earth, who highlighted the importance of the knowledge and practices of indigenous peoples for the sustainability of the planet's natural resources.
The activity was attended by the governor of the province, Luis Aguavil, as well as Zaracay TV, Majestad TV and Radio Sombapamin.
Ritual of indigenous peoples
In Francisco de Orellana, Ecuadorian Amazon, they met in the Coliseum of the Indigenous Federation of Kichwa Communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (FICKAE), in addition, 110 Indians from the Kichwa, Shuara and Huaorani peoples to celebrate this anniversary. (List of personalities present)
In the development of the activity, the importance of indigenous peoples having inherited cultures and unique ways of relating to the environment was highlighted.
The United Nations Organization (UN), during the meeting, awarded Mrs. Alicia Illanes, giving her a fully equipped restaurant in recognition of her effort to rescue ancestral food.
The event was covered by the media Coca Visión and Radio Cumandá.
Respect the rights
In order to promote the celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, peace activists from the city of Quevedo visited the 3rd News broadcast of Canal Rey TV, Radio Rey, and El Rio newspaper.
For his part, John Cárdenas, local coordinator of the GEAP during the interview, stressed the importance of recognizing, respecting and defending the rights of indigenous peoples, as well as safeguarding their cultural identity.