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200 Mapuche Leaders Met with President Piñera, Presented Report

On Friday, June 24th, approximately 200 Mapuche leaders met with President Sebastián Piñera at La Moneda (the presidential palace) to present the President with the official report from a series of roundtable discussions that began last September. The report covered several topics, but focused largely on the issue of constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples and on institutional steps that are necessary to improve economic development and consultation. Piñera acknowledged that all of Chile is indebted to the Mapuche people and that “the identity of the Mapuche people is a fundamental part of the heritage of our country, their customs, their traditions, their language, and their culture make us proud.” Continue reading

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Piñera Announces Roundtable with Mapuche

On Friday, President Piñera announced to the country that a roundtable discussion with the Mapuche will commence in Temuco next week, specifically on the hill of Ñielol. The announcement came as a surprise to most and occurred on a grand stage–during the raising of Chile’s flag at the start of the Bicentennial celebrations. Continue reading

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