|Council of Indigenous Nations and Organizations of the Continent|
It has been a long struggle and continues to be so for the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala to push for ratification by the states of ILO Convention 169. To date in the Americas only 15 of the 35 OAS member states have ratified the Convention. However, ratification alone is not enough to realize the full exercise of our rights and so the implementation of ILO 169 is one of the major challenges we continue to face. For example, the implementation and application of the consultation process has both has light and dark histories in the region. Experience shows that despite having the force of law, as in Peru, its application is still elusive.
In the second summit it was agreed to strengthen the process of articulation and alliances with other movements. Since 2005, the indigenous peoples have developed strategies to achieve greater exchange, visibility and support for proposals with other social movements of the continent and the world. These processes have enabled us to disseminate our political proposals and contribute to collective actions for a world in balance with Mother Earth inspired by the principle of Living with Wellness.
Indigenous Peoples have woven together these joint convergences and the result has brought about the creation of common regional-global agendas in recent years. One of the milestones along the way was made evident at the continental level by the contributions and proposals of indigenous women of Abya Yala from the First Continental Summit of Indigenous Women (Puno, 2009).
Another very important collective space has been the organization of the First Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication (Cauca, 2011). As a result of mobilizations of indigenous Quechua, Aymara and Kichwas, progress has been made in the advancing the proposal of Sumac Kawsay, Living with Wellness as an alternative to crisis of civilization affecting humanity.
The Indigenous Peoples bring to the modern world a global proposal based on our ancestral lifestyles and daily life of respect, harmony and balance with all that exists on Mother Earth. We believe that the western way of life with it’s projections of unconstrained economic growth has reached its limit and to heal Mother Earth is necessary to return to the culture of life, the Indigenous Peoples principle of Sumac Kawsay, Living with Wellness. However, in the present context we are witnessing the deepening of actions of state repression and criminalization targeting us as Indigenous Peoples standing in defense of our territories and rights. Without our free, prior and informed consent and in the name of supposed national development our territories are granted in concessions to companies who implement mega-development projects that threaten our cultural survival as Indigenous Peoples.
The predatory economics of extractivism that causes displacement and pollution of Mother Earth is the model that prevails on the continent and we Indigenous Peoples are considered an obstacle to this development. Therefore, it is necessary to continue to articulate our demands and proposals, define strategies to enhance the processes towards completion of a new civilizational paradigm supported by the principle of Living with Wellness, strengthening the implementation of indigenous rights to be recognized by the states, and to promote recognition of the Rights of Mother Earth.
Thus as the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala we self convene to gather at the V Continental Summit of Indigenous Peoples and Nations of Abya Yala, the Second Continental Summit of Indigenous Women and the III Continental Meeting of Indigenous Children and Youth to be hosted at the Indigenous Reserve of La Maria Piendamó, department of Cauca, Colombia, from November 10 -16, 2013. In this process we call upon the Indigenous Peoples of the continent to convene in Preparatory Meetings to discuss and agree on proposals to be integrated into the agenda of the continental summit.
At the V Summit of Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala, both men and women, we will gather and exchange, we will discuss and agree on actions on issues such as:
Location and Date
Events that compose the V Summit
Thematic Working Groups
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First Continental Encounter of Indigenous Nations, Pueblos and Organizations - Quito, Ecuador 1990
Declaration of Quito, 1990
Temoaya Declaration 1993
Pachacutic Kundur Anka 2010
The Doctrine of Discovery
Abya Yala Declaration 2013