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Chile Announces Project to Restore Ancestral Gardens of the Rapa Nui People

From 500 to 1500 C.E., the Rapa Nui people utilized a type of gardening that relied on small, semi-circular stone structures known as “manavai” to protect plants from wind and other harmful elements. Now, a joint project involving the municipal government on Easter Island, the Chilean national forestry corporation (CONAF), and the Inter-American Development Bank, are seeking to restore a number of these ancestral gardens — the ruins of which many still exist. The long-term goal is to preserve Rapa Nui agriculture, promote cultural education, and increase ethno-tourism on the Island. Continue reading

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Government Helicopter Destroyed in Mapuche Conflict Zone

In the early morning hours of Friday, December 30th, a government helicopter used to fight forest fires was set on fire and destroyed in the Araucanía Region of Chile. No one has been arrested for this crime, but the individuals who caused the fire left several banners at the scene of the incident that directly referred to the Mapuche struggle for rights. No one was injured in the incident and the Chilean police are currently investigating who may be responsible. Continue reading

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Mapuche-Huilliche Community Rejects Government’s Tourism Plan; Cites ILO 169

The Huilliche Community of  Lago Todos los Santos rejected the Chilean government’s recent announcement that it is accepting private bids for tourism projects in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park located in southern Chile. The Community has publicly stated that the proposed projects are going to have a detrimental effect on their community, which means consultation should have occurred in accordance with ILO Convention 169, and that no such consultation process occurred. Continue reading

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Court Grants Protection to Mapuche Sacred Site on Pilmaiquen River

On Tuesday, August 16th, the Valdivia Court of Appeals upheld the request for protection brought by the Mapuche communities of Rio Bueno. The communities brought the claim to protect a State-recognized sacred site that has recently been subject to logging. Additionally, there is a proposed hydroelectric project in the area that threatens to flood the site entirely. The Court granted the request for protection and informed both the owner of the land, as well as CONAF (Chile’s forestry service) of the decision. CONAF has until next week to file a response if they so choose. Continue reading

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