Several organizations met in Brasília and presented their demands

Considered the largest mobilization of indigenous peoples in Brazil, the Acampamento Terra Livre [Free Land Camp] (ATL) completed 20 years in April in a context of climate emergency and the constant struggle for the survival of indigenous peoples.

In the light of this scenario, in its 20th edition, the ATL sent a letter to the three branches of the State (Executive, Legislative and Judiciary) with demands from the movement of the indigenous peoples. Among the demands are the demarcation of land, the strengthening of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples, FUNAI and Sesai with a budget that is compatible with the challenges of strengthening the policies and actions aimed at indigenous peoples, and the expansion of quotas for indigenous peoples in all public/civil service examinations, among others.

President Lula received the letter in a meeting with a delegation of 40 indigenous leaders at the Palácio do Planalto after the March of the Coordination of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib). With the motto “Our Landmark is Ancestral: We Have Always Been Here!,” the demonstration involved 9,000 people, on April 25, at the Esplanada dos Ministérios in Brasília to mark the struggle for access to land and territory.

The letter was signed by the Coordination of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), together with all the regional grassroots organizations Coordination of the Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of the Northeast, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo (Apoinme), the Coordination of the Indigenous Peoples of the Southern Region (Arpinsul), the Coordination of the Indigenous Peoples of the Southeast Region (Arpinsudeste), the General Assembly of the Kaiowá and Guarani People (Aty Guasu), the Guarani Yvyrupa Commission, the Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (Coiab) and the Council of the Terena People.

The contribution of iCS to the Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (Coiab) was fundamental in the realization of the programming of the Coiab Tent in the Funarte space at the demonstration. On its 35th anniversary, the organization provided round-table discussions, classes, lectures, cultural presentations and film screenings throughout the days and nights of the event in the federal capital. iCS supported a network of partners present at ATL who have contributed to the indigenous agenda, such as Opan, Cti, Rca, Iieb, Coiab, Apib, Conaq and Mst.

Read the letter here.

Apib mobilizes a large march, in Brasília, to fight for land. Photo: Thiago Walker/Taken from the Apib website

Historic march on the Esplanada dos Ministérios, in Brasília. Photo: Thiago Walker/Taken from the Apib website

Demonstration brings together 9 thousand people in Brasília. Credit: Maíra Borges/iCS.

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