Pushing for peace in Colombia: Indigenous and Afro-Descendant Peoples join forces to uphold their rights, address mining-related conflict

Pushing for peace in Colombia: Indigenous and Afro-Descendant Peoples join forces to uphold their rights, address mining-related conflict

This report synthesizes the outcomes of Year 1 (2014-2015) of a two year inter-ethnic project between the Embera Chamí People of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta (Riosucio, Supía – Caldas) and Afro-Descendant Communities of the Palenke Alto Cauca – Proceso de Comunidades Negras (northern Cauca) aimed at organizational strengthening and territorial defense around extractives and ethnic rights, with technical support by the Forest Peoples Programme. The project is funded by the Embassy of Norway in Colombia, and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. A final synthesis report will be produced at the beginning of 2017.

Indigenous and Afro-Descendant Peoples Gather to Discuss Impacts of Mining on their Ancestral Territories

On April 16 and 17, 2015, over 180 Indigenous and Afro-Descendant participants gathered in Santander de Quilichao, Cauca, to discuss the impacts of mining in Colombia and to consider concrete strategies towards recognising ‘ancestral’ mining. The gathering, known as “Diálogos Interculturales Sobre Minería en Colombia: Propuestas desde el Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta y el Palenque Alto Cauca,” was financed by Swiss Cooperation, COSUDE. This document (available in Spanish only), summarizes the keynote presentations and discussions.