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Published on Oct 13, 2015
Gualinga (Kichwa) tells the story of the resistance of her Sarayaku village of 1,200 against oil concessions that have been trespassing on Native lands in the Ecuadorian Amazon, illegally claiming subsurface rights. Soltani, Executive Director of Amazon Watch, interprets from Spanish to English. With help from Amazon Watch and Fundación Pachamama, Gualinga and her neighbors have triumphed against the oil companies by receiving legal assistance from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Tiny Sarayaku holds a bright torch for justice, not just for neighboring tribes – but for the health of the entire planet.
This panel took place at the 2014 Indigenous Forum, co-produced with the Cultural Conservatory, at the National Bioneers Conference.
Since 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges.
To experience talks like this, please join us at the Bioneers National Conference each October, and regional Bioneers Resilient Community Network gatherings held nationwide throughout the year.