International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Through the installation of the Fairs for the Mother Earth Peace and the socialization in different media of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace (GEAP) in Colombia, honored the peoples who they live in the country.
The GEAP volunteers presented the proposals established in the Encounters of the Children of Mother Earth that were presented at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2017.
The narrative of the history of the different indigenous communities in Colombia, the presentation of the Inter-American Environmental Charter and the International Program of Children of Mother Earth were presented in each region.
Conversation in Bogotá
In the event, the participants pointed out that in Colombia there are 102 indigenous communities of the 5,000 that exist in the world. For its part, the GEAP presented the work it carries out through the social program Children of Mother Earth, before the ONIC Secretary-General, Higinio Obispo González.
Meeting of leaders
Also in attendance, the Secretary of Rural Development and Environment, César Picón; the secretary of Ethnic Affairs of the municipality, Luz Dary Tapiero; and representatives of the Municipal Institute of Sports and Recreation of Ibagué (IMDRI).
The Guardians for the Peace of Mother Earth spoke on "The indigenous peoples in Colombia", and read the Declaration of the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples.
To conclude the event, the indigenous governors touched on topics of social interest in the area of health, education, land, among others. The cultural part was in charge of the musical group Amerindios, who presented dances and traditional music of its authorship and the IMDRI interacted dynamically with the audience.
200 cartagüeños visit the exhibition
With exhibitions in the Bolivar Park, on the importance of indigenous peoples, their rights, their ancestral knowledge and a brief overview of the communities that inhabit the region, the GEAP volunteers from Cartago joined the celebration.
Around 200 Cartagüeños visited the photographic exhibition of the Encounters of the Children of Mother Earth, which took place from July 2015 to April 2017. This activity was supported by the CNC and NotiRegión media.
Volunteers spread the celebration
In defense of your rights
In order to strengthen and defend the rights of indigenous peoples, members of the Wayúu, Arhuaco, Kogi, Mokaná, Embera Katio and Kankuamo communities, together with students, representatives of mayors, the National Army and deputies, joined this celebration in the Atlantic Coast.
In the Córdoba Battalion in Santa Marta, through a conversation about the artisan culture of the indigenous peoples, leaders of different communities met, who made known the ways in which they relate to the environment.
The Governor of the Inga people, Fernando Cachasoy, participated in the activity; Governor Felix Mendinueta de Chimila; the leader of Kogui, Vangelio Sauna Zarabata; Alcira Villafaña, leader of Arhuaco; and Angélica María Melgarejo, leader of the Wayúu community.
Captain John Beltrán Quintero, in charge of Indigenous Affairs of Magdalena, also attended; and the national coordinator of the Children of Mother Earth Program, David Peluffo.
The GEAP, the Governorate of the Atlantic and the City Hall of Galapa organized a parade and gathering that included the participation of the six peoples of the Mokaná ethnic group.
More than 1,000 members of these towns of Puerto Colombia, Malambo, Tubará, Usiacurí, Baranoa and Galapa attended the event that had the support of Governor Edison Martínez.
For his part, the deputy of the Assembly of the Atlantic, Gelser Perez, added that with the creation of the Ethnic Affairs Management, the rights of all the ethnic peoples of this region will be strengthened.
Fair for the Peace of Mother Earth
In the village of Los Pollos, a Fair for the Peace of Mother Earth was installed, where the results of the meetings held with the indigenous peoples were shown. The activity was attended by 50 members of the Embera Katío, a town that represents 2.7% of the indigenous population in Colombia.
Students of Cartagena
454 students from the Flor del Campo Educational Institution, from La Heroica and Galevis Alvarado Maestre, representing the Kankuamo ethnic group, participated in the Mother Earth Peace Fair that highlighted the indigenous populations, and the effort to recognize their identity, the right over their territories, among others.
Entities support indigenous peoples
Authorities of the Ombudsman's Office, officials of the National Police, representatives of the Municipal Cultural Corporation of Villavicencio (Corcumvi), as well as educational institutions also made an appearance.
The opening was in charge of the Inga people with a ritual of harmonization. In the same way, they presented musical performances and dances. The Inga governor, Jaime Jajoy, socialized the resolution in which the Ministry of the Interior gives the Inga people the right to live as a settlement in an urban area.
In their speech, the GEAP presented the work they carry out with indigenous peoples, as well as the programs, projects, and campaigns they carry out in the country.
Harmony with Mother Earth
Through the module "Indigenous peoples of Colombia", the volunteers and a student talked about the places where these communities live and presented a historical review.
The activity began with the intonation of the anthem of the Indigenous Guard interpreted by the Yanakuna ethnic group. This event was attended by 110 students from pre-school through 11th grade, along with their teachers.
For its part, the GEAP was invited by the rector of the Ethno Educational Institution Yachay Wasi Runa Yanakuna, Alirio Córdoba. During the event, they socialized the International Children of Mother Earth Program.
The activity ended with the presentation of plays and traditional indigenous music.
Welcome to Armenia
Allilla, shamuscagui huaha kuna hashpaman (welcome, children of mother earth), with this message in the Quichua language they received the representatives of the indigenous communities who attended the Peace for Mother Earth Fair, installed in Armenia's Plaza Bolívar.
This event was supported by Bibiana del Pilar Cruz, advisor for Ethnic Issues of the Family Secretariat, Population Directorate of the Governorate of Quindío.
The governors Sabulón Burucuara, Milena Siagama and Rodrigo Arce, belonging to the Embera Chami community, participated in the celebration; also, Reimundo Congacha, Quichua governor; Margori Bueno, Inga governor; and Carlos Osorio, governor of the department of Quindío, who arrived in the company of 80 members of their villages.
The coordinator of health and ancestral medicine, José Bayardo Jiménez of the Yanacona community, made a symbolic act of the representation of the Pachamama and its four spaces; using elements of the worldview of the Yanacona people, such as the figure Kylla Chakana.
The activists visited several media with the purpose of promoting the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. In this media tour, they visited RCN Radio, the Noticiero Telecafé, Magazine El Yipao, the newspaper La Crónica del Quindío and the Office of Communications of the Government.