Indigenous and indigenous organizations address the Rapporteur~

Indigenous and indigenous organizations speak out against mining project in TIs

[10/24/2012 15:39]


Network which brings together ten organizations, including the ISA, cobra consultations with indigenous peoples and that theme is discussed within the framework of the debate on the status of indigenous peoples

RCA (Alternative cooperation network) released a statement in which manifests against the adoption of the report by deputado Édio Lopes (PMDB-RR) about the Bill that regulates mining in TIs (Indian lands). The BOARD is composed of ten indigenous organizations and indigenous institutions, among them the ISA.

The note criticized the fact that the report has been drawn up without consultation with indigenous organizations, in accordance with the Constitution and the Convention 169 of the ILO (International Labour Organization).

The document criticizes the fact that Lopes has ignored the positions on the matter raised in the series of consultations with indigenous peoples that resulted in the proposal for a Statute of indigenous peoples by National Commission of Indigenous Policy (read the full text of the note below).

The report is processed in a Special Commission of the Chamber. If approved, does not need to go to the plenary of the House. After that, back to the Senate.

The opinion of Lopes puts the query direct free, prior and informed of the indigenous peoples on any kind of action or endeavor that affect them and does not provide control mechanisms open to the participation of indigenous peoples on mining activity on their land, among other points.


Lopes published his opinion in the internet to receive suggestions to text until today (see here the document).

The information is of that Special Commission will hold public hearings to discuss the matter.



public statement on the Bill of mining in indigenous lands (PL

organizations and the indigenous cooperation network Alternative – RCA assembled
in Boa Vista, Roraima between 21 and October 22, 2012, come out to oppose the
adoption of the report of the Special Committee on mining in Indian lands, on
the grounds of:

the Commission has not carried out consultations with indigenous peoples through
their representative organizations, through appropriate procedures, as set forth
in the Convention 169 of the ILO, for the case of elaboration of legislative
measures that affect them directly. Internet
consultations, public hearings with the participation of some indigenous leaders
and informational seminars are not consultation processes.

the Commission’s report does not comply with what is laid down in the Federal
Constitution, articles 176 and 231, specifically as regards the manifestation of
national interest and to the hearing to the indigenous peoples in mineral
exploration on indigenous land, allowing mining in any

the Commission has ignored the discussion on the topic in several regional and
national seminars, which resulted in Title VI, Chapter I, of the proposal for
the Statute of indigenous peoples, discussed and adopted within the framework of
the National Commission of Indigenous Policy (CNPI) in 2010;

And, therefore,

That the National Congress proceed on approval of the draft Bill of the Statute
of indigenous peoples (PL 2057/91), which regulates the theme, in processing for
more than 20 years.

That the National Congress to develop appropriate mechanisms for compliance with
the obligation to consult the indigenous peoples on legislative measures that
affect them directly, as established in ILO Convention 169.

Roraima, October 22,

Associação Terra Indígena
Xingu – Atix
Wyty-Catë dos Povos Timbira do MA e TO
Centro de Trabalho
Indigenista – CTI
Pró-Índio do Acre – CPI-AC
Conselho das Aldeias Wajãpi –
das Organizações Indígenas do Rio Negro – Foirn
Hutukara Associação Yanomami –
Instituto de
Pesquisa e Formação Indígena – Iepé
Instituto Socioambiental –
dos Professores Indígenas do Acre – Opiac



ISA, Instituto





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