Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication Yala Abya
The second edition of the Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication Yala Abya ended the 13th of October with an official statement and declaration of indigenous peoples.
After six days at the headquarters of Santa Maria de Tehuitoltepec, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, indigenous communicators declared that “they are an essential part in the communication landscape of their own communities.”
They therefore request to the national States of the continent a full acknowledgement, which in turn would provide autonomy in the communication process. Following this statement, community and indigenous broadcasters claim 33% of the electromagnetic spectrum in each country in order to develop indigenous peoples communication projects. They also call upon all public and private media to highlight and to assist in the process of reclaiming indigenous peoples rights.
The Summit, held from 7 to 13 October was attended by journalists from Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Canada .