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We, the representatives of the peoples, nations and Indigenous Nationalities of Abya Yala, in the framework and implementation of the right to self-determination, and in defense of Mother Earth, we present our position on the Seventh Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the Americas to be held in Panama from 10 to April 11, 2015.


That all doctrines, policies and practices based on the superiority of certain practices
peoples or individuals, or which are advocated citing reasons of national origin or
racial, religious, ethnic or cultural differences are racist, scientifically false,
legally invalid, morally condemnable and socially unjust.


That Indigenous Peoples have been systematically discriminated against since the invasion of Europeans to Abya Yala, who, supported by the Papal Bulls of 1455 and 1493, justified the doctrine of discovery to, that way, commit genocide of more than 90 million indigenous and dispossession of our lands, territories and natural resources. Republics mean that current continuing injustices imposed by the legal system to the indigenous peoples of Abya Yala.

States that current American eradicate inequality, discrimination and colonization of Indigenous Peoples, established by Resolution 1514 of December 14, 1960; Convention 169 of 1989; the Vienna Declaration of 2003; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of 2007, and the document so the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples of the UN General Assembly in September 2014, among others.

Mining, hydroelectric and hydrocarbons in Abya Yala, murder, physical disappearance and prosecution of leaders and leaders of indigenous peoples to defend their lands, territories and resources, aimed at imposing megaprojects such as programs and persists in the name of development and the common interest, running without the free, prior and informed consent.

The Six Summits of the Americas have not contributed their goals to eradicate poverty, exclusion and inequality, but have allowed the development of new forms of colonization, sometimes through electoral democracy, sometimes with mirage of economic development and trade of wild common resources of humanity. These declarations were mere intentions, as the situation of the 50 million indigenous people has not changed at all, on the contrary, it intensifies the violation of our human collective rights.


Given the considerations of the V Summit of Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala, "Defending the future of our nations," We demand that the Heads of State and Government of the Americas the following:


  1. Constitutional, legal and administrative reforms to facilitate the effective exercise States of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

  2. Fulfill the right of free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing any program or megaproject affecting our territories.

  3. Develop and implement the Good Vivi r in social, cultural, economic, indigenous peoples, as a guiding principle of collective human rights policies.

  4. Eliminate discrimination in all educational systems and include the contribution of our knowledge in the history, science, arts, philosophy and identity.

  5. Implement intercultural bilingual education to reflect the cultural identity, ensuring active participation in national life, recognizing linguistic diversity.

  6. Protect and restore sacred sites, including the repatriation of cultural and ceremonial effects belonging to the Indigenous Peoples full support to educate and ensure unified expressions of art and culture activities.

  7. Adopt health policies, holistic vision of indigenous peoples, so that no development projects are approved in territories that may affect the health of the people, whether or not indigenous.

  8. Reject all energy projects involving the violation of collective human rights, especially those involving forced displacement.

  9. Titling, demarcation, sanitation and protection of our lands, territories and resources.

  10. Reject the use of our lands, territories and water resources and forests in climate change projects that allow, developed countries evade responsibility for reducing emissions.

  11. Promote and adopt the right of self-determination of Indigenous Peoples, and in this sense, developing autonomous arrangements necessary to enable children, women, youth and organization of the Peoples of Abya Yala, be the subject of development, democratization and governance over our lands, territories and natural resources, recognizing Indigenous jurisdiction.

  12. We urge all heads of state gathered at the Seventh Summit of the Americas meeting all our requirements contained in this statement, compliance with human rights standards laid down in international conventions and treaties to which all States are party.

  13. Communication rights, community networks and the use and access to communication technologies in our own languages ​​and languages.


  1. The voice of the Indigenous Youth Abya Yala is incorporated into the different processes of debate in order to give our contributions and views as young as well as to children and women of our indigenous territories for the welfare of our worldview.


To strengthen peace among all peoples of our Abya Yala is necessary to abolish laws that advocate racism, disrespect, discrimination and violation of all the rights of indigenous peoples and to recognize and comply with the various treaties and International agreements that recognize the rights of indigenous peoples.

Given in Panama City on 9 and April 10, 2015.

Approved unanimously by a vote of more than 300 indigenous delegates

South, Central and North America.


Indigenous Summit of the Americas March 10, 2015


Panama City, Panama


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