Monthly Archives: March 2011

Senate Constitution Commission Considers Consultation Procedures

Last week, the Senate Constitution Commission held a session during which the Commission’s members discussed procedures that the Senate will use to consult Indigenous peoples on matters that affect them.   Continue reading

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Chilean Deputies Reject Report on Corruption within Indigenous Programs

On Thursday, March 10th, the Chilean House of Deputies (the lower branch of Congress) voted to reject a Special Commission’s report that concluded, among other things, that there had been widespread irregularities in the operations of Chile’s Origins Program. The final vote was 35 in favor, 32 opposed, and four abstentions. Continue reading

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Chilean Government Announces Consultation on Indigenous Constitutional Recognition

On Tuesday, March 8th, the Chilean Government announced that it is going to begin a series of consultations with Indigenous peoples to get their feedback and input on a piece of legislation that would, ultimately, result in the constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples in Chile. The announcement was made by the Minister of Planning, Felipe Kast, who was accompanied by Sebastián Donoso, the Presidential Advisor on Indigenous Issues, as well as Jorge Retamal, the Director of the National Indigenous Development Corporation (CONADI). Continue reading

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