Kofan, the people

Grassroots indigenous activism in Ecuador

Ecuador

Duration: 11:46


Available in 2 languages


Released: August 2015

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Emergildo Criollo (Kofan nation) was just a child when the oil company Texaco arrived by helicopter in his peoples’ ancestral territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The ensuing decades of oil extraction and deliberate contamination dramatically altered the landscape of the region, impacting the Kofan people’s culture and resulting in a public health crisis. Emergildo fought the company, now Chevron, in court for decades, before deciding to return to his homeland to build rainwater catchment systems that would provide his people and other affected peoples with access to clean drinking water. His work brought together diverse indigenous communities and gave birth to a movement for indigenous health, cultural survival, and territorial protection in the Upper Amazon.

Learn more about Emergildo and this project at https://www.giveclearwater.org/.

Ceibo Alliance website: www.alianzaceibo.org

Amazon Frontlines: www.amazonfrontlines.org

Recognition to Land, Territories and Resources

Communities need ownership over their ancestral land in order to protect forests. With no formal land title traditional communities often face serious conflict when trying to evict illegal loggers, poachers and land grabbers. Who will believe their claims without precise maps and legal title deeds?

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