Senator Introduces Legislation to Allow Indigenous Peoples to Wear Traditional Clothing at School Functions

Several weeks ago, we wrote a post about two Mapuche students who were not permitted to where their traditional clothing to their high school graduation. The incident occurred in Collipulli on November 21st. At the time, a leader from the Mapuche community spoke out against the discrimination and stated that legal action was a possibility. In response to this incident, on November 30th, Senator Alejandro Navarro (MAS) introduced legislation that would allow all Indigenous students to wear their ancestral dress to school functions.

Senator Navarro’s submission lays out the facts that occurred in November 21st and then cites Chilean law — including ILO Convention 169 — as reasons for why Indigenous peoples should be allowed to incorporate their customs and traditional clothing into school ceremonies. Ultimately, Navarro’s submission makes this explicit by proposing a legislative change — one that includes penalties for schools that do not comply. The entirety of Senator Navarro’s legislation (in Spanish) can be found here.

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