October 18, 2007

Intercontinental Indigenous Encounter in Mexico

I had a number of friends attend this gathering. I unfortunately could not attend, but as another blogging ally said, "There will be more Encuentros in the future. And they will be bigger." More to come following this important gathering for indigenous resistance across the America's.

“They’ve Relegated Us to Authentic Concentration Camps:”
Indigenous Woman from British Columbia

From Narco News, http://www.narconews.com/Issue47/article2834.html

Vicam, Sonora, Mexico, October 11-12, 2007 - The First American Indigenous Peoples’ Encuentro, in the Yaqui tribe’s territory, began yesterday morning—after a traditional ritual celebrated in the ceremonial center of this community—with the participation of a little more than 547 delegates of native peoples and 800 observers, amongst whom were journalists and national and international civil society members who are adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle.

The ritual began in the sacred heart, were the Yaqui governors speak in their language, communicate with each other, and make decisions. In the ceremony a member of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI in its Spanish initials) and Subcomandante Marcos, representing the Sixth Commission and the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN in its Spanish initials) were also present. While some listen, others observe the Encuentro of the delegations of those peoples in resistance that in the coming days will speak and listen to each other.

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