Protect Indigenous Rights in Colombian Mining Territory

Target: María Fernanda Suárez Londoño, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Colombia

Goal: End mining intrusions into Indigenous sacred sites.

Mining and infrastructure in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, home to four Indigenous peoples, has stripped trees, poisoned water, and polluted air, all without the consent of the peoples who call it home. The mountains form the core of a territory called the Black Line, a ring of sacred sites at their base. The Black Line is designated as a protected shared territory for the Kogui, Arhuaco, Wiwa, and Kankuamo peoples, in whose religion the Sierra Nevada forms the heart of the world.

Legal and illegal carbon and mineral mining, which has exploded in recent years, is a violation of the country’s 1991 constitution, which reserves the right for Indigenous groups to be consulted and have final say on industrial projects which could impact their territories. The Sierra Nevada is even more valuable because it has been recognized as one of the world’s most crucially important sites for endangered endemic species, such as the Guajira stubfoot toad (Atelopus carrikeri), which are threatened by industrial pollution and destructive infrastructure.

These violations of Indigenous rights and environmental protections are wrong both legally and morally, and it’s time to demand that they end. Sign the petition below to ask Colombia to put a stop to this injustice.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Suárez,

The invasion of mining, legal and illegal, into Indigenous lands in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a threat to the legal rights of four Indigenous peoples, as well as countless endangered species in the mountains. These mining projects are a violation of your country’s constitution and an insult to the dignity of all Colombians.

I demand that you use your authority as Minister of Mines and Energy to put an end to these mines and protect the Sierra Nevada.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Agencia Prensa Rural




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One Comment

  1. Justin Recht says:

    Many corporations consider indigenous people as inferior due to not sharing the same level of privileged education.
    No matter how they try to hide these views, their actions speak volumes!

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