$20,000 to support production of a series of radio episodes that will be aired across the major Amazonian Indigenous radio stations in Ecuador that will shed light on the context and community-led processes that have resulted in several landmark legal wins advancing the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and territorial defense in Ecuador. The project is being done in collaboration with an Indigenous communications team, including youth, that are receiving training in running and producing radio shows to be able to continue producing Indigenous-run radio programs.
$40,000 to support using the Waorani’s legal precedent against the Ecuadorian government’s proposed auction of their ancestral territory to the international oil industry to defend 7 million additional acres of rainforest threatened by oil auction. The project is also supporting efforts to: strengthen women’s leadership through capacity building and real-world experience in implementation of projects in support of their communities and development of women-led microenterprises; implement alternative education pilot projects across 12 Waorani communities; carry out territorial demarcation and patrolling; and build alliances with Indigenous Nations of the southern Ecuadorian Amazon and Indigenous organizations.
$5,000 to support COICA (The Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin) and OPIAC (the National Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon) co-hosting the first annual Women’s Summit in Colombia with 130 Indigenous women participants from across the Amazon basin and including panels, workshops and other exchanges sharing experiences focused on topics such as women’s livelihoods, community activism and territorial defense, women’s rights, Covid-19, climate impacts on the Amazon, and community resilience.
$15,000 to support delegations of Indigenous women to participate in the 2nd Indigenous Women’s March in Brasilia to mobilize against the attacks on Indigenous land rights that are being pushed through Congress and the judiciary in Brazil. This grant provided support for a major delegation of women from the Xokleng, Kaingang, and Guarani communities that are at the center of a land rights legal case being considered by the Brazilian Supreme Court, as well as for women delegates form Munduruku territory in Brazil and from Sarayaku, Shuar and Shiwiar communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
$10,000 to support work with 6 Indigenous Tano Bata communities in the Lake Toba region in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, impacted by Toba Pulp Lestari – a notorious company which stole their land. The communities, including the Pargamanan Bintang Maria-Parlilitan community, are being supported with documentation, including mapping and aerial photos of forest cover in their customary areas, as well as through networking and advocacy work as part of a multi-year effort to secure land rights to more than 50,000 acres for Batak Toba communities.
$5,000 to support a 10-day storytelling/filmmaking workshop for women and youth in the community of San José de Piatua, a Kichwa community in the Ecuadorian Amazon engaged in a successful anti-mining struggle. The workshop is run by TinkasTawna, an Indigenous-run communications school based in Ecuador that seeks to not only train Indigenous youth in audiovisual communications, but also to establish the infrastructure in communities for the ongoing production of Indigenous-made audiovisual content to help amplify their own visions and solutions.
$5,000 to support Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana (CONFENIAE)’s annual assembly bringing together 600 Indigenous delegates from across the Ecuadorian Amazon to define joint strategies for the defense of Indigenous rights and territories and plans for scaling up and implementing their own visions and solutions.
$5,000 to support relaunching Pueblo Shuar Arutam’s School of Communications, including securing equipment and holding a series of 6 2-day workshops to be held at each of the PSHA community associations across almost 600,000 acres of Shuar territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon with participation from at least 1 representative of all 47 communities and with youth participation prioritized as well. This has been a long-term goal of PSHA to enhance their capacity for reporting, documenting and overall communications work as the Shuar continue their efforts to protect their traditional territory from a number of threats, including the controversial San Carlos-Panantza open-pit copper mine.
$5,000 to support 3 Sapara communities in establishing traditional medicinal garden plots and sharing knowledge regarding use of medicinal plants, with a special focus on the techniques that have been used in the prevention and treatment of Covid-19. Training participants and teachers from each of the communities’ education centers will continue the process of sharing this knowledge and maintenance of the medicinal gardens together with local youth as part of overall programs supporting Sapara health, rights and protection of traditional territories.
$5,000 to support installing solar and shortwave radio communications systems in 2 Sapara communities in their territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon covering an area of over 500,000 acres of intact roadless rainforest that has been defended from being opened up to oil development. The first phase of the project was initiated in 2020 to help address the Covid crisis and territorial defense initiatives and was initially supported by partner NGOs – in this phase the Sapara are now taking the radio program into their own hands and expanding it to additional communities supported by their own trained technicians.