EVENT DATE: Jul 05, 2011
Unification of the Indigenous Tribes of the Amazon against Oil Exploitation.
After suffering decades of division, disorder and destruction driven by multinational oil companies plundering the Amazon Rainforest, twelve distinct local indigenous groups from the eight different major tributaries that become the Amazon River are setting aside their differences to stand together against the forces that have thus far marginalized them. Upriver from Iquitos, more than five hundred Indigenous and Mestizo communities survive in a rainforest world with few wires or roads, still close to nature and their ancient roots. While far from idyllic or utopian, these communities could otherwise choose the pace and course of their development if not for the invasive and destructive scourge of oil.
In an unprecedented move to unify their efforts to stop oil contamination in the Amazon, over 150 leaders from the following Indigenous Federations of Loreto will gather in Iquitos on July 5th and 6th. Answering their call, The Arkana Alliance / Alianza Arkana is helping them make this event possible, covering the costs to transport the leaders downriver and providing them with accommodations and a venue in Iquitos to develop a solid political platform to present to newly elected President Ollanta Humala when he takes office on July 28.
They are asking our help to make it all happen - we need to raise a further $5,000 to sponsor this forum and we have 2 days to do it!!!
The following federations will be attending:
* AIDESEP – National Organization of Indigenous People of the Amazon
* ACODECOSPAT – Kukama-Kukamilla from the Maranon river
* FEDIQUEP – Quechua from the Pastaza river
* FECONACO – Achuar from the Corrientes river
* FECONOBAT – Achuar and Quechua from the Tigre river
* FECONAT – Achuar and Quechua from the Tigre river
* OISPE – Secoya form the Putomayo river
* MATSES – Matses from the Yavari river
* AIDECOS – Kukama-Kukamilla from the Maranon river
* ORKIWAN – Kichua from the Napo River
* CURCHA – Urarinas and Arabela from the Napo river
* AKUBANA – Kukama-Kukamilla from the Maranon river
* FECONARINA – Bora, Huitotos and Yahua from the Nanay river
They will be joined by representatives from the following: IIAP, IBC, FORMABIAP, PDDI, UNAP, UCP, OENIAP, Alianza Arkana, Regional Government of Loreto, local municipalities of Iquitos, students, regional, national & international media, and the general public.
Never before has an event such as this taken place amongst the Indigenous tribes of the Peruvian Amazon.
We issue this urgent call for financial support. The forum is the idea of the Indigenous people and we have been asked to support them. While it represents their agenda, the struggle includes us all; we all live on the same planet and all our lives depend on the protection of the Amazon Rainforest. Please consider the significance of this event and the potential impact it will have, not just here in the Amazon, but stoking the growing flames of resistance against oil companies across the planet.
We have a duty as a species to care for our planet and now is the time to help these warriors defend the most important Rainforest left on our planet.
Thank you sincerely for reading this appeal and for supporting this important cause.
Please note: The Arkana Alliance is a project sponsored by SEE