DECLARATION OF ANTI-COLONIAL BLACK AND INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE
OCTOBER 12th 2022
We, members of the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala, Black and Afro-descendant Peoples on behalf of the peoples, communities, and diasporas of Canada, United States, Mexico, Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, Haiti, Argentina, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Suriname, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Uganda, Cuba, Venezuela, gathered together under the protection of our ancestors in the “Blacki indigenous Liberation Congress Against Exclusion, Discrimination, and the Defense of the Territory” hosted by the Black and Indigenous Liberation Movement (BILM).
Our movement is anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-xenophobic, anti-patriarchal, anti-homophobic, anti-lesbophobic, and anti-transphobic.
As the Black and Indigenous Liberation Movement, our struggle is intersectional, transectional, anti-racist, communitarian feminist, Afrofeminist, African womanist, with diverse political dentities in commonality. We seek to highlight and question the undeniable relationship between colonialism, capitalism, patriarchy, and racism. Therefore, we claim the autonomy of our bodies and recognize the complementarity of those who inhabit the territories, as well as the participation of women and dissidents in defense of life, territory, and the preservation of ancestral knowledge and wisdom. We seek the formation of a platform supported by solid community networks, integrated by indigenous, Black, and Afro-descendant organizations and social collectives of the continent, so as to favor collective, solidarity, coordinated, and organized action. Within the context of the commemoration of the 530 years of resistance of Indigenous, Black and Afro-descendant Peoples, we declare, demand, and propose that:
October 12 must be declared as the day of resistance to the extermination of the indigenous, Black, and Afro-descendant Peoples of Abya Yala.
● The land is the basis of freedom. All Indigenous lands and territories must be returned to their rightful owners, such as communes, communities, peoples, and nationalities. We claim our right to live in our territories with our cosmogony and spirituality. We claim our right to live in our territories with our cosmogony and spirituality. The lands must be returned to their respective peoples. All Black and Afro-descendant communities must have self-determination over the lands they inhabit. In addition to free access to their natural resources such as beaches, jungles, wetlands, Andean forests, plains, basins, rivers, glaciers, inter-Andean valleys, wetlands, lakes, prairies, mangroves, bays, slopes, streams, and moors, which should not be privatized or exploited for any reason.
● There can be no climate justice without racial justice. Understanding that climate justice recognizes that climate change has different impacts according to economic, social, racial and gender conditions. And that racial justice is a fundamental axis in the struggle against inequalities resulting from the colonial, capitalist, extractivist and agro-export systems.
● Our movement declares that climate justice attaches the environmental crisis to the effects of colonialism and to the historical victims we are, the Indigenous, Black and Afro-descendant Peoples. We also define that climate justice means not delaying the problem of the climate crisis any longer and changing the development model that has been historically imposed on us.
● We understand that racial justice implies the recognition of the structural and systemic racism that Indigenous, Black, and Afro-descendant Peoples experience. We demand that all historical and current damages caused by systemic violence be repaired in terms of rights to territory, identity, self-determination, and management of all resources
contained in our lands.
● We reject colonial policies based on the death and destruction of nature, Indigenous, Black and Afro-descendant Peoples and cultures. We express our solidarity with the demands of the Haitian people regarding the genocidal, colonial and extractive interventions they are currently experiencing. And we demand the fulfillment of the right
to human mobility of our Haitian brothers and sisters.
● The Afro-descendant and Indigenous Peoples and Nations of Abya Yala, recognizing the free ancestral migration of this continent, considering the forced migration due to climate change, armed conflicts and economic causes, acknowledge the rights of migrants in our territories in terms of culture, work, education, health and all means of
● We also demand the decriminalization of migrants. We demand our rights as migrants for legalization and fight together with all movements that are fighting xenophobia, racism and discrimination that increase fascist forces.
● We reject contemporary colonialism on the territories of our region.
● We propose to confront the major crises facing humanity from a plural, spiritual, dignified, solidarity, sorority and anti-colonial approach.
● We declare that the struggle of our peoples is articulated, diverse, continental, inclusive and plural. We demand to be considered equal protagonists in any process or project that affects our communities and territories.
● We demand the design and implementation of direct actions, public policies, affirmative actions and intercultural and intersectional reparations that guarantee the fair and equitable distribution of wealth, access to health, ethno-education, food sovereignty, potable and quality water so that we can live in safe and dignified environments.
● We recognize the importance of C169 for the defense and advancement of the rights of ethnic peoples. We urge those countries that have not yet ratified it to do so, such as Uruguay, Suriname, and the United States. We urge those countries that already have ratified it to respect C169 and to implement it correctly.
● We demand recognition and historical reparations to Indigenous and Afro-descendant Peoples for the genocides and crimes against humanity they have suffered. We demand reparations for the policies of classic international colonialism as well as the internal colonialism exercised by the Nation States. Symbolic, economic, territorial, and spiritual reparation.
We demand an end to the criminalization, forced exile and political imprisonment of defenders of nature, human and territorial rights.
● We demand the elimination of symbols and monuments representing colonialism, genocide, and white supremacy from public spaces. We propose that our liberating figures be visible in public spaces.
● We demand representation, a voice and vote in all local, national, regional, and international spaces linked to the defense of human and climate rights.
● We demand that the eradication of racial discrimination, racism and xenophobia be included and fulfilled in the framework of the 2030 agenda.
● We work for the abolition of prisons, and police and seek to rebuild transformative and indigenous justice and recognize our family right. We demand racial justice to build abolitionist democracy against necropolitics.
Declaration signed in 22 countries of Abya Yala, October 12, 2022.
1. AfroCaracolas Saberes Itinerantes (México)
2. AfrosRED (República Dominicana)
3. Apib (Brasil)
4. Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de la Amazonia Ecuatoriana (CONFENIAE)
5. Yuturi Warmi (Ecuador)
6. Comunidad Kichwa de Serena (Ecuador)
7. Federación de Organizaciones Kichwas de Napo (Ecuador)
8. Coordinadora Nacional de Mujeres Negras (CONAMUNE, Ecuador)
9. Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas (CAOI)
10. Consejo Indígena Andino de Perú (CIAP, Perú)
11. Consejo Regional Indígena del Cauca (Colombia)
12. Consejo de Gobierno del Pueblo Wankavilka
13. Federación de Comunidades Indígenas del Napo
14. Pueblo Ancestral de Pakayaku
15. Agrupación Shangó
16. Organización Festivales Solidarios
17. DERECHOS HUMANOS ECUADOR
18. BLACK ALLIANCE FOR PEACE
19. RED DE JÓVENES DEL TERRITORIO ANCESTRAL
20. YUTURI WARMI
21. RUNA YACHAY
22. Mujeres de Asfalto (Ecuador)
23. Amandla Medio (Ecuador)
24. Ecuarunari (Ecuador)
25. CONAMQ (Bolivia)
26. Consejo de Gobierno Wankavilka (Ecuador)
27. Juventud Wankavilka (Ecuador)
28. NYC Shut It Down (Estados Unidos)
29. Sinchi Warmikuna (Ecuador)
30. OIS (Suriname)
31. Foro Do Eixo (Brasil)
32. Mídia Ninja (Brasil)
33. Midia India (Brasil)
34. Mizangas (Movimiento de Mujeres Afro, Uruguay)
35. Educate Tomorrow (Estados Unidos)
36. GFA (Estados Unidos)
37. OIS (Suriname)
38. Ukays Jaguar Berá (Uruguay)
39. FCT (Suriname)
40. ONILH (Honduras)
41. MAMA TORTUGA.ORG (Estados Unidos)
42. Asociación Cultural Brasileña Maloka (España)
43. Asamblea Plaza de los Pueblos (España)
44. ORPIAN-P (Perú)
45. Awana Colectiva (Ecuador)
46. Humana Arte - Dialogo e Convivencia (Brasil)
47. Rosa do infinito/nucleo bartolomeu de depoimentos (Brasil)
48. Asociación de jóvenes afrodescendientes del Guaviare (Colombia)
49. ASO. DE MUJERES AFROECUATORIANAS DE LA FRONTERA NORTE DAMAS DE ÉBANO - MOMUNE (Ecuador)
50. Common Defense (Ecuador)
51. Indigenous Climate Action (Canadá)
52. Hackeo Cultural (Guatemala)
53. Futuros Indígenas (Mesoamérica)
54. Asociación de mujeres del pueblo afroecuatoriano de la frontera norte Damas de Ébano (Ecuador)
55. FUNDACIÓN LIDERESAS DEL ECUADOR QUEVEDO, ASAMBLEA DE MUJERES QUEVEDO (Ecuador)
56. NIK (Canadá)
57. Hum pampa (Uruguay)
58. Fundación Étnica Integral (LAFEI) (República Dominicana)
59. RUPAI producciones (Ecuador)
60. Centro de Investigaciones Etnobiológicas - CHINANGO (Colombia)
61. III CUPA (Ecuador)
62. FRIDAY FOR FUTURE UGANDA
63. PROJECT CARIBBEAN FREEDOM
64. LAS TIERRAS PERDIDAS DE AMÉRICA LATINA
65. CULTURE STRIKE
68. RESISTENCIA ANTIRACISTA
69. MOVIMIENTO FUERZA DE MUJERES WAYUU
70. Athabasca Chipewayn First Nations (Canadá)
71. Runayachay Qichwa Amawtana (Ecuador)
72. Consejo de Mujeres Awajun Wampis Umukai Yawi (COMUAWUY) (Perú)
73. Cree (Canadá)
74. Tochtli Tlahtolli. Tanque pensante de Estudios Literarios Decoloniales (México)
75. Fundación Afrodescendiente Karibu (Ecuador)
76. WARMI MUYU (Ecuador)
77. PITAO BEZELAO (México)
78. Movimiento Wiphala España
79. LSSA (Ecuador)
80. União De Negras E Negros Pela Igualdade (Brasil)
81. UNME - Unión Nacional de Mujeres del Ecuador - Filial San Lorenzo (Ecuador)
82. EAMI (Paraguay)
83. AMUDEVA -Asociación de mujeres del Vaupes (Colombia)
84. Las Vegas DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) (USA)
85. Colectivo Reexistencias Cimarrunas (Quito)
86. Amazon Watch (USA)
87. Círculo de Palabra (Nicaragua)
88. Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia
89. If Not Then Who (USA)
90. Academia Kichwa de Humanidades (Ecuador)
91. Indigenous Youth Coalition (Canadá)
92. Chilis on Wheels (Estados Unidos)
93. Conscious care llc (Estados Unidos)
94. FCT (Suriname)
95. UNAM (México)
96. Consejo de Mujeres Awajun Wampis Umukai Yawi(COMUAWUY)
97. Victor García (Huérfano Étnico)
98. Kristan Pitts (Estados Unidos)
99. Aristides Alonso (NIcaragua)
100. Keegan Xavi (Estados Unidos)
101. Hung a Lel Ti (Estados Unidos)
102. Alicia Obermeier (Estados Unidos)
103. Ximena Fonseca Mancilla (México)
104. Almudena García García (España)
105. Tagüide Picanerai (Paraguay)
106. Nicole Camacho Arteaga (Ecuador)
107. Josie Zamora (Estados Unidos)
108. Reyna M. Ruiz (Bolivia)
109. Eva Marie Bonanno (Estados Unidos)
110. Sisa Quispe (Bolivia)
111. Nicole Orji (Canadá)
112. Onel Inanadinia Masardule Herrera Fundación para la Promoción del Conocimiento Indígena (FPCI)
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