Below, an urgent message from Tupac Enrique Acosta, who relays a May 4th communique discussing Ecuador President Correa’s recent invitation of the Assembly of First Nations to Ecuador, in what is being viewed as a clear attempt to undermine Indigenous Peoples in Ecuador who are opposed to mining on their lands.
The communique asks for “interventions of solidarity to the effect that the Assembly of First Nations of Canada not act as an undermining agent against our Indigenous relatives of Ecuador, but stand in solidarity instead with the Indigenous movement and organizations.”
For more information on follow through actions of solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador on this issue, contact: Tupac Enrique Acosta, by email: email@example.com Telephone: (602) 254-5230
It has been brought to our attention that President Correa of Ecuador has announced a visit soon by a group of native Canadians to Ecuador who represent the pro-mining interests, in an attempt to undermine the position of the Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador who are in opposition.
We have received the following communique from Ecuador, asking interventions of solidarity to the effect that the Assembly of First Nations of Canada **not act as an undermining agent** against our Indigenous relatives of Ecuador, but stand in solidarity instead with the Indigenous movement and organizations.
More to follow soon, please contact the email address at the end of the message to become engaged in solidarity actions from Abya Yala North.
Dear Brother Tupac,
Greetings of brotherhood in the struggle of the Indigenous Peoples in Ecuador in defense of Pacha Mama, Mother Nature. Well, there is an event which is directed against our Pueblos who are in the fight against mining.
This event will bring our country to the brethren of the Assembly of First Nations of Canada with the goal of wanting convince us that mining is good and that it brings many benefits for Indigenous Peoples.
For us, mining is the most destructive of industries, not only to the campesinos and indigenous territories, but because it pollutes and destroys Mother Nature and brings death to all living beings.
For this reason we ask of you to intervene with the indigenous brothers of Canada that they should not act as agents in support of the mining solution to our economic problems in Ecuador.
It is not a solution but instead it is an attack against our peoples, against humanity and Mother Nature. Thus we hope that all the indigenous brothers who are natives of Canada will stand in solidarity with this, our position on mining as Indigenous Peoples of the southern continent.
Luis Macas, ICCI
Insitutute of Indigenous Science and Culture
For more information on follow through actions of solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador on this issue contact:
Tupac Enrique Acosta, Yaotachcauh
Embassy of the Indigenous Peoples
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (602) 254-5230
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