INDIGENOUS CONFERENCE In the face of environmental crisis in the amazon
THE THIRD ANNUAL INDIGENOUS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN ASHANINKA LEADER BENKI PIYAKO’S REFORESTATION AND HEALING CENTER, YORENKA TASORENTSI, IN ACRE, BRAZIL ON OCTOBER 10-13 2019.
THE CONFERENCE WILL HAVE OVER 200 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE, INCLUDING INDIGENOUS SPIRITUAL LEADERS FROM VARIOUS TRIBES ACROSS THE AMAZON AND GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS FUNAI, WHICH IS IN CHARGE OF INDIGENOUS LAND PROTECTION IN BRAZIL.
WE ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING DONATIONS
Benki Piyanko on the Indigenous Conference
why is this project important?
The entire world is on high alert and wondering how they can help with the present tragedy in the Amazon.
It is of the utmost importance that indigenous leaders from all tribes in the region get together to discuss and develop a plan of action to appease the environmental crisis in the rainforest, including the preservation of native lands where ayahuasca grows.
There are many ayahuasca conferences held throughout the world where the majority of the panel speakers are not indigenous and focus on science, as opposed to the spiritual and cultural aspects of the medicine.
Here the indigenous will be discussing all aspects pertaining to the use of the sacred medicine, including westerners use, legal aspects, and how to safeguard their culture. Additionally they will have the presence of IBAMA ( Brazilian institute of environment of renewable natural resources ) coming to discuss the rights of medicinal plants used by different tribes to avoid the sought pharmaceutical patents, including ayahuasca itself.
We will be joined by select federal judges , the director of FUNAI and other indigenous rights based institutions. All of this will be recorded on film and written so that this info can be discussed and shared with the world.
core discussion points
•Land preservation, reforesting, and regenerating the ecosystem.
•Protecting the rights of indigenous peoples, including rights to use plant medicines and practice their culture.
•Sharing the messages of indigenous people with the world
•The use of Ayahuasca in the western world, and legalities surrounding that.
•Strengthening diversity of indigenous cultures and educating the young.
•What the future looks like in the Amazon.
How much does this project cost ?
We have raised $35,000 USD which will cover organizing and travel expenses for the indigenous, food and water during the event, and the written and video documenting of all discussions.
We need a further $50,000 to build the structure to host this conference, and will remain as educational building at the Yorenka Tassorentsi project.