Archive for Indigenous people

XII Meeting of the Indigenous Solidarity Network

Between August 9th and 12th, the XII Meeting of the Indigenous Solidarity Network (RSI) of the Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America was held in Charagua, in the Bolivian Chaco.

In this meeting –that takes place every two years–, about 80 people participated, and a good number of them (20 jesuits and at least 40 indigenous people) arrived from Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Chile, Brazil, and Guyana. For the most part the attendees were young people; there were Rarámuris, Tzeltales, Quechuas, Aymaras, Mayas, Wapixana, Mapuches, and Miskitos representatives from all over the continent, learning about the processes of Indigenous Territorial Autonomy advanced by the Guaranies in the territory of Charagua, and reflecting on issues such as Migration, Identity, and Leadership of young people in their communities of origin.

Why the Amazon is so important: Joining its Indigenous Peoples in re-thinking our relationship with Earth (video)

Why the Amazon is so important is a nine-minute video that Gaia Amazonas shared during the dialogue with the Ecojesuit team at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana on 1 August 2018. The dialogue involved key faculty and officials of the university, members of the Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina y el Caribe (CPAL), and other organizations working on the Amazon’s environmental and social concerns.  Ecojesuit shares the text that accompanies this video. This is the Earth, and this portion here is the Amazon. As small as it may look when compared to the rest of the planet, it actually has a huge importance for life due to the part it plays in the water cycle and temperature regulation. We’ll talk about this and also about the role of animal life to illustrate how important it is to safeguard the connections between the Andes, the Amazon rainforest, and the Atlantic Ocean.

NAIDOC Week – time to celebrate the strong women who have spoken truth to power in Australia

The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week – Because of her, we can – is timely for all Australians and gives us an opportunity to celebrate the strong women who have spoken truth to power in Australia, writes ANDY HAMILTON SJ. The origins of NAIDOC Week came out of a Day of Mourning for the destruction and despoliation of Indigenous Australians which followed the arrival of the first fleet. It later became also a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Islander culture. Each year it offers a theme that points to a key part of Indigenous culture.

Setting Our Sights on the Amazon

The following is a network case from the Jesuits in Latin America and the Caribbean for the Amazon through the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM). It is a letter from the Colombian Provincial Carlos E. Correa, S.J and it is entitled “Setting our sights on the Amazon.”

Documento sobre la Amazonía: “Nuevos caminos para la Iglesia y para una ecología integral”

Esta mañana en Roma, se dio a conocer el Documento Preparatorio para el Sínodo de la Amazonía. Este documento fue preparado en un diálogo cercano la Iglesia Amazónica y será el instrumento de consulta para que muchas voces, muchos actores diversos puedan aportar para lo que será una potente reflexión de la Iglesia Universal.

Red de Ambiente y Sustentabilidad de AUSJAL refuerza sus líneas de acción

Del 17 al 19 de abril los homólogos de la Red de Ambiente y Sustentabilidad de AUSJAL sostuvieron un encuentro presencial en la Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, Brasil).