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INDIGENOUS SPRING: Permanent mobilisation for life and democracy

In memory of our ancestors, who gave their lives for us to exist. Of the enchanted ones who brought us here to continue their struggles in defence of our bodies, lands and territories, our identity and differentiated cultures, we say to the Brazilian and international society that we are in permanent mobilisation in defence of LIFE and DEMOCRACY.

Our struggle is not only to preserve the life of our peoples but of all humanity, today seriously threatened by the policy of extermination and devastation of Mother Nature promoted by economic elites – who inherited the greed of colonial, mercantilist and feudal expansionist power – and rulers such as the genocidal Jair Bolsonaro.

The Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib) began the Struggle for Life camp in Brasilia on 22 August and reinforces in this letter that we will continue to mobilise until 2 September 2021 to fight for our rights. Today, this is the largest mobilization in the history of indigenous peoples, in the Federal Capital, and reinforces our cry: Our history does not begin, in 1988!

Even putting our lives at risk, in the still seriously dangerous context of Covid-19, we are here to tell the invaders of our territories that they will not pass, even in the face of intense attacks on our fundamental rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution of 1988.

We occupy the networks, the streets, the villages and Brasilia to fight for democracy, against the racist and anti-indigenous agenda that is underway in the Federal Government and in the National Congress and to accompany the judgment in the Federal Supreme Court (STF), which will define the future of our peoples.

During the month of June 2021, we held the Rise for the Earth, initiating our first face-to-face activities, in Brasilia, to confront the worsening violence against indigenous lives. From then on, we began a new cycle of struggles that, since March 2020, have taken place virtually and within our territories, due to the pandemic.

Because we are facing many viruses, including Bolsonaro’s genocidal policy, we started our ‘Indigenous Spring’ that intends to occupy Brasilia constantly, in 2021, in addition to following in the social networks and in the mobilized territories.

MANIFESTO STRUGGLE FOR LIFE

We are children of the Earth! And the Earth is not Ours, it is we who are part of it. It is the womb that generates us and the lap that welcomes us. That is why we give our lives for her. In our tradition there has never been this story of regulating who is or is not the owner of the land, because our relationship with it has never been one of property. Our possession is collective, as is our usufruct. This is the basic foundation of our existence, which the ignorance of the culture of the so-called western civilisation does not understand, even after 521 years.

HEALTH PROTOCOLS

The Struggle for Life Camp has developed sanitary protocols dedicated to reinforcing all existing and recommended norms for combating Covid19. The camp’s health team includes indigenous professionals and count on the support of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (Abrasco), the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, the Indigenous Health Clinic of the University of Brasília (Asi/UNB) and the University Hospital of Brasília (HUB).

The health recommendations begin from the moment the delegations organize themselves to leave their territories. Apib proposes the invitation of people who already have their full vaccination coverage.

Dinaman Tuxá

Executive Coordinator, APIB

The first day of the camp (22) is dedicated to the arrival of the delegations and to carry out mass testing for Covid-19 as one of the sanitary protocols for the mobilization.

On Monday (23) the activities are dedicated to political updates with leaders across the country. ‘The Five Powers’ is the name of the plenary that will be held to promote an analysis of the current situation on the legislative, executive, judiciary, popular and spiritual powers. On this day, rituals and audiovisual exhibitions are also planned.

FUTURE

The most central agenda of the Struggle for Life mobilisation is related to the trial by the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court (STF), which is expected to be the most important process of the century for the lives of indigenous peoples. The Court will analyze the repossession action filed by the government of Santa Catarina against the Xokleng people, referring to the Ibirama-Laklãnõ Indigenous Land (TI), where the Guarani and Kaingang peoples also live. Under the status of “general repercussion”, the final decision made by the trial will serve as a guideline for the federal government and all instances of Brazilian justice system, as well as a reference to all processes, administrative procedures and legislative projects regarding the indigenous land demarcation procedures.

“Indigenous peoples experience a deeply adverse political context under Bolsonaro’s administration, the first president elected with a declared position against the indigenous peoples. As soon as he started his government, he signed several acts that hurt the Constitution and International Treaties that protect indigenous communities and their territories. It is important to note that, in this context of pandemic, it is essential to reflect on the relevant role the traditional territories play to keep humanity’s equilibrium. So, the indigenous lands, besides protecting the indigenous peoples’s ways of life, are a national and public heritage, which contributes to keep the climatic balance”, emphasizes Eloy Terena, Apib’s juridic coordinator in his article on the Supreme Court judgment (read the full text here

In this sense, the schedule for the Struggle for Life camp on August 24th and 25th is dedicated to discussions, acts and manifestations related to the trial, in support of the Supreme Court justices and against the Milestone Thesis (Marco Temporal).

The days following the trial will give space to debates related to the 2022 elections and the strengthening of the support networks for the struggles of indigenous peoples. The departure of all delegations is scheduled for the 28th of August.

SCHEDULE

From 29 August to 1 September

29 August | Sunday

Moving the camp from Praça da Cidadania to FUNARTE

30 August | Monday

Morning
Greetings by the Executive and Regional Coordination
Speech of the leadership

Afternoon
Indigenous Students’ debate about the permanence scholarship

Evening
March Guarani Ywyrupa Commission

31 August | Tuesday

Morning
ISA – Pl 191 , garimpo and mining

Afternoon
2 pm to 4 pm
Inesc – Orcamoda Funai

4pm to 6pm
Cimi – Extraordinary Appeal and Temporary Framework

Evening
Video / Documentary

01 September | Wednesday

Morning
General information on all the anti-indigenous measures in the National Congress, STF and Executive

Afternoon
Accompaniment of the trial in the Praça dos 3 Poderes

Evening
General information

From 22 to 28 August

22rd August | Sunday

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Delegations arrival

23rd August | Monday

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Welcome and talk about coordination with guidance.

12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Address by delegations from APIB regional grassroots organizations.

3.30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Plenary: THE FIVE POWERS – Analysis of the situation on: Executive, Legislative, Judicial, Popular and Spiritual Power.

6:00 p. M. – 8:30 p. M.
PAJELANCE – Spiritual Ritual of the Pact of the Peoples

8:30 p. M. – 10 p. M.
MEMORY AND STRUGGLE – Indigenous Audiovisual Performance

August 24th | Tuesday

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Health guidelines and schedule for the day

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Plenary: OUR LIFE – Guaranteeing the territories, ways of life and production of the indigenous peoples

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Plenary: OUR FIGHT – Political and Legal Level: PLs, PECs, s, Deadlines, Restrictions of Raposa Serra do Sol and Isolated Peoples

5.00 – 10.00 p.m.
INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE – Vigil at the Supreme Court

August 25 | Wednesday

8AM – 8.30AM
Health Orientations and Daily Schedule Review

8.30AM – 10AM
Plenary: FUTURE OF THE PEOPLE – Youth in struggle today to build tomorrow

10.30AM – 12 PM
Plenary: HEALING THE LAND – Indigenous Women in the struggle for life

1:30pm – 1:30pm
Departure of the March to the STF

2PM – 6PM
STRUGGLE FOR LIFE – Accompaniment of the SR Judgement in the Praça dos 3 poderes

7PM – 10PM
Vigil STRUGGLE FOR LIFE at the Supreme Court

26th August | Thursday

8am – 8.30am
Health orientations and Daily Schedule Review

8:30am – 11:30am
Plenary: OUR POLICY – public policies for indigenous peoples

2 pm – 6 pm
Plenary: INDIGENOUS CAMPAIGN – Brazilian Political System, Indigenous Candidacies, Parliament and Election 2022

7pm – 9pm
Alliance with supporters, artists, notorious figures

27 August | Friday

8am – 8.30am
Health Orientation and Daily Schedule Review

8h30am – 11h30am
Plenary: ALLIANCE FOR LIFE – Pact with social movements, indigenous organizations and allies of the indigenous cause

2 pm – 6 pm
Plenary: LIFE IS FIGHT – reading of the final document of the camp, pact for life

7pm – 9pm
UNION OF THE PEOPLES

28 August | Saturday

8am – 11pm
Return of delegations