Friday, July 28, 2017

Communiqué from the Mapuche Nation to the Vatican State

Your Holiness Pope Francis,

The Mapuche organizations in Chile met today on Wednesday July 19 in the city of Temuco, Mapuche Territory of Wallmapuche on the occasion of your visit to will be realized here in our territory in January of 2018.

We express hope for your visit to our ancestral territory, considering that you are cognizant of an important part of our history as the Mapuche Nation of Indigenous Peoples living under the jurisdiction of both the states of Chile and Argentina.

We would like you, as head of the Vatican State, to become aware of our firm desire for dialogue on the occasion of your visit to our Mapuche Wallmapuche territory. A dialogue, which we hope to be based on the principle and right of self-determination as Indigenous Peoples, deposing once and for all the historical regimes of paternalism, indigenism, domestication and colonialism that we have been subjected to until today.

We recall that Pope John Paul II, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Europeans in the continent of the Abya Yala [Americas], asked for Forgiveness from the Indigenous Peoples. That petition for forgiveness had its meaning, however, the reality of life of the Indigenous Peoples did not change, on the contrary, the situation for we Mapuche became even more aggravated and not only did the policies of domestication and colonialism continue in full effect, but, the institutionalized repressive actions of the state have been deployed with greater intensity in order to hide truth and justice for the Mapuche.

As you are aware, the facts concerning the military coercive acts in Chile called "Pacification of the Araucania", the "German Colonization" and in Argentina known as "Conquest of the Desert", constituted a crime against humanity evidenced by the forceful taking, confiscation and occupation of Mapuche territory and resources. These are the fundamental causes of the current tensions and controversies that persists in the country lives regarding the Mapuche people. In this regard, we expect an urgent pronouncement aimed at compensation and reparations for the damage caused to the Mapuche people, our territorial and cultural heritage, and in this way to establish a firm and lasting peace based on truth, justice and reparation.

On the occasion of your visit, we hope that there will be a statement on the "Doctrine of Discovery" considering that these were the institutional means to materialize the conquest and the dispossession of the territories of the Indigenous Peoples.

We celebrate your Encyclical titled "Laudato Si", referring to the climate policies of blatant depredation of the land and its resources, that is, the depredation of our "common house." This conception of the commons and its vital importance in terms of biodiversity constitutes the foundation of the cultures of the Indigenous Peoples, including the Mapuche in particular and due to its great value in the contemporary world represents a contribution to the present ecological crisis and the future destiny of humanity as a way to safeguard the life of all Peoples and cultures of Mother Earth.

We formally communicate that the Mapuche have taken the decision to act in exercise of the principle of self-determination as Indigenous Peoples, and in this regard in the month of October 2017, a delegation of Mapuche diplomats will travel to the Vatican to deliver a formal and solemn communication that condenses all our expectations on your visit to Wallmapuche and the manner of protocols via which we would to hope to dialogue.

Best regards.

Aucan Huilcaman Paillama, International Relations Representative

Nibaldo Romero, Lonko Lonquimay
Wallmapuche, Temuco, Chile 19 July 2017


Aucan Huilcaman

UN Preliminary Study on the Doctrine of Discovery 
This preliminary study establishes that the Doctrine of Discovery has been institutionalized in law and policy, on national and international levels, and lies at the root of the violations of indigenous peoples’ human rights, both individual and collective. This has resulted in State claims to and the mass appropriation of the lands, territories and resources of indigenous peoples. Both the Doctrine of Discovery and a holistic structure that we term the Framework of Dominance have resulted in centuries of virtually unlimited resource extraction from the traditional territories of indigenous peoples. This, in turn, has resulted in the dispossession and impoverishment of indigenous peoples, and the host of problems that they face today on a daily basis.

Fall Equinox 2015
Declaration of the Continental Commission Abya Yala

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