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525 Years of Indigenous Resistance

Organized by Mapuche Foundation FOLIL, Stichting Kaikoesie, HIJOS and Masterpeace.

While for many, October 12th symbolizes the ‘discovery’ of the New World by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus who landed ashore the Americas in 1492, this date epitomizes the historic turning point marking the beginning of an era of oppression for all indigenous peoples in the Americas. However, October 12th has also been the beginning of Indigenous Resistance against this invasion.

For 525 years indigenous peoples have been defending their land, culture, language and their People

Nowadays transnational corporations and governments develop big infrastructure projects, agroexport activities and raw material extraction on indigenous people territories. Not only by ignoring their rights as indigenous peoples, they persecute, imprison and kill those who stand up against these injustice.

In southern Argentina, a land conflict has recently led to the ‘disappearance’ of a young activist from the province of Buenos Aires. Santiago Maldonado, was supporting the claim of land of a Mapuche community occupied by the Italian clothing corporation Benetton.

In Chile, 4 political Mapuche prisoners recently held a hunger strike of 118 days to protest against their imprisonment in the Temuco prison. In a operation called «Huracán», another 8 Mapuche leaders were arrested.

At Maho in Surinam, the Indigenous Peoples have been haunted on their territories since 2005, by the landowner Abdoelrahman, who has false property papers and sells sand excavations.

On Saturday 14 October 2017 we will meet each other in Amsterdam, the Netherlands to celebrate The Indigenous Resistance and support their struggle around the world.

For more information:

Date: Saturday, October 14th of 2017
Location: Casa Migrante, at the  Ostadestraat 268, 1073 TV, Amsterdam
Time: From 5:00 pm. till 9:00 pm.


Tuesday 19th of September 2017
Practices of Consultation with Indigenous Peoples in Indigenous /Latin America
At Guovssu (TEO-H2 2.228), Centre for Sami Studies, University of Tromsø
The Arctic University of Norway.


09:30 hrs – Welcome (Bjørn Ola Tafjord and May-Lisbeth Brew)
09:45 hrs – Practices of consultation with indigenous peoples in Argentina (Mrs. Relmu Ñamku)
10:45 hrs – Practices of consultation with indigenous peoples in Chile (Mr. Rafael Railaf)
11:45 hrs – Lunch
13:00 hrs – Practices of consultation with indigenous peoples in Costa Rica (Geyner Blanco & William Vega)
14:00 hrs – Practices of consultation with indigenous peoples in Guatemala (Mariel Aguilar Støen)
15:00 hrs – Discussion

About the speakers

Mrs. Relmu Ñamku is a Mapuche leader and the general secretary of the Consultative Council of Indigenous Peoples in Argentina.

Mr. Rafael Railaf is a Mapuche and member of the NGO, Mapuche Foundation FOLIL in The Netherlands. Founded in 2000, one of the first Mapuche organizations in Europe and most of its members are first and second generation Mapuche

Geyner Blanco is Maleku and advisor in indigenous affairs for the Costa Rican president. With William Vega, he has co-supervised the development of a new protocol for consultations with indigenous peoples in Costa Rica.

William Vega is a lawyer and former advisor in indigenous affairs for the Costa Rican president. With Geyner Blanco, he has co-supervised the development of a new protocol for consultations with indigenous peoples in Costa Rica.

Mariel Støen is associate professor at the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Oslo, and has studied practices of consultation in Guatemala.

About the seminar

The obligation to consult and get the consent of indigenous peoples, before interfering in their lives and territories, is increasingly recognized in international fora and different national contexts. In many places, formal protocols and bodies are being proposed or put in place in order to facilitate such consultations. However, there are still many actors – state agencies as well as private corporations – who keep rejecting, ignoring or paying only superficial attention to the demands for consultations and the relevant procedures.In this seminar, we will learn more about how consultation processes are carried out, or not, in different countries in Indigenous/Latin America.

How can consultations become events that lead to mutual understanding and binding agreements?
Why can consultations by one or more parties end up being considered as theater only?
What are the main challenges of consultation processes today?
What do successful consultations look like?
These topics and questions are highly relevant also beyond Indigenous/Latin America as they resonate strongly also in Sami/Nordic contexts.


Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies, and Theology / Centre for Sami Studies / the research group “Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks / the research group “Politics of Culture in Latin America” University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway.

For more information, please contact;
PhD candidate May-Lisbeth Brew ( / +47 77644215)
or professor Bjørn Ola Tafjord ( / +47 77645289)

The seminar is sponsored by NorLARNet (the Norwegian Latin America Research Network)

De oorspronkelijk bewoners van Argentinië, de Mapuche houden een optocht van 800 kilometers, vanaf de Andes gebergte tot aan de kust. De optocht begint in Bariloche en zal eindigen in Viedma op maandag 24 april.

Met deze optocht willen zij aandacht vragen voor het land verlies en de invoering van een nieuwe land wet: «Nuevo código de tierras». De Mapuche vrezen dat hierdoor hun land en omgeving wordt vernietigd.

No al nuevo codigo de tierras

Hugo Aranea van het Consejo Asesor Indígena (CAI):
«Deze nieuwe wet bedreigt niet alleen de gebieden van de Mapuche en de Tehuelche maar ook de samenleving als geheel». Hier wordt gedacht aan fracking, mijnbouw en olieprojecten, evenals de bouw van faciliteiten voor massatoerisme volgens Aranea.

Onder het motto «We zijn Levend, daarom marcheren wij» willen de Mapuche bij aankomst een petitie aanbieden aan de regionale overheid waarbij de volledige erkenning van het Mapuche-volk wordt geëist, tevens het terug draaien van de wetgeving die de regering net naar het Congres heeft gestuurd zonder de Mapuche hierbij te betrekken of te informeren.

Mapuche optocht van +800 Km.




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