• Meet the First Generation of Awasqa Youth Scholars

    It is with great joy that we want to introduce the first eight young Awasqa Youth Scholarship recipients! The main objective of the Awasqa Youth Scholarship is to create networks across Latin America and to give visibility to the work of Black and indigenous youth who are leading in the fields of community journalism, communication…

  • To Migrate Is To Resist Colonialism

    Source: Originally Published by Revista Amazonas Translated by Awasqa Interview with Amarela Varela Huerta and Soledad Álvarez Velasco This text stems from an interview with Soledad Alvarez Velasco (Ecuadorian) and Amarela Varela Huerta (Mexican) Their words show a common sisterly fabric, an intellectual, feminist, transnational friendship and, above all, their activism for a dignified and…

  • No more Oil Spills Photo: Iván Castaneira

    Ecuador: Two Executive Orders Threatening the Amazon

    FUENTE: Publicado originalmente por la revista digital ecuatoriana GK La política petrolera y minera del gobierno ecuatoriano sigue afectando a las poblaciones indígenas, y están en contra de todas las recomendaciones para mitigar el cambio climático. Las políticas minera y petrolera del presidente Guillermo Lasso han sido rechazadas por organizaciones y nacionalidades indígenas. En octubre…

  • Los peligros del incremento de la minería “verde” en América para la transición energética del norte

    The dangers of more “green” mining in the Americas for the energy transition in the North

    SOURCE: Red Muqui. Translated by: Andrea Pisera The myths of “green,” “sustainable” and “climate smart” mining are gaining traction across the world. Companies are marketing these mines as “green,” and present them as the solution to the climate crisis in order to attract investors. They promote Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) criteria, and the…

  • Ecuador: CONAIE Rejects Government’s Neoliberal Policies

    FROM THE EDITORS: Below you will find a translation of CONAIE’s communiqué and resolutions taken after their assembly on November 27, which shows the tensions with Guillermo Lasso’s government and efforts to keep the movement together. SOURCE: https://twitter.com/CONAIE_Ecuador/status/1465541084818382851 Resolutions of the General Council of CONAIE The general council of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of…

    Looking Forward from COP26: An Interview with Andrés Tapia from Lanceros Digitales and CONFENIAE

    Awasqa: You participated in COP26. Tell us a little about your experience as a member of the organizations  Andrés Tapia: We participated as part of COICA (Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica) as part of the nine countries that represent the Amazon basin, that is, we were able to participate in COP26…

  • Bioregional Plan to Protect the Lungs of the Planet

    FROM THE EDITORS: A large alliance representing 30 indigenous nationalities, inhabitants and protectors of 35 million hectares of the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon, published the “Bioregional Plan: Sacred Headwaters 2030” to present a strategic plan for the protection and conservation of forests led by indigenous peoples. The plan includes concrete transition actions towards indigenous self-determination…

  • Mujeres celebran la despenalización del aborto

    Ecuador: Indigenous Women Speak Out on Abortion Rights

    FROM THE EDITORS: Patricia Yallico from ACAPANA hosts the show “Insurrectas,” a show posted regularly on their social media. We are featuring this conversation below with Paolina Vercoutere of the Otavalo people and Ana Cristina Vera of Surkuna, an organization that fights for women’s reproductive and access to abortion rights. In April of 2021, Ecuador’s…