Building Structures for Indigenous Advocacy
Of all the work we do with our indigenous partners, among the most fundamental and effective is supporting the federations representing the indigenous nationalities of the Amazon basin. Our role is not to influence or direct the federations, but to support their alliances, networks, and efforts to gain self-determination and autonomy for the indigenous nations they represent.
Federations for indigenous nationalities provide a foundation for effective political, economic, and social advocacy by indigenous communities, consolidating their efforts into a powerful force defending all of the living communities of the region.
Strengthening Cross-Border and Local Alliances
Though the Amazon’s indigenous peoples have their own ancestral governance structures, the realities of defending their territories and cultures from development for extractive industry require strategic use of governance structures and protocols to ensure recognition of collective rights in modern legal and political systems.
Our work in the Amazon region specializes in supporting both federations of indigenous nationalities whose ancestral territories span the modern borders of multiple nations, and those in different regions inside Ecuador’s borders.
It provides training for local, national, and regional federations to empower them to make legitimate decisions, including:
- Logistical support for meetings, congresses, and assemblies
- Accounting and budgeting
- Planning and management
- Intercultural education
- Alternative economic opportunities
- Public awareness of collective rights