Centro de Documentación Mapuche Documentation Center
PRESS RELEASE
GATHERING OF FIRST NATIONS’ PEOPLES OF THE AMERICAS:

CREATING AND ESTABLISHING ALLIANCES BETWEEN MAPUCHE PEOPLE AND FIRST NATIONS OF TURTLEISLAND



Press Conference and Photo Opportunity in front of City Hall, Churchill Square, 10:00 a.m.Tuesday, April 22, 2003.A presentation of the Mapuche view and Earth Treaty discussion will take place at the EdmontonCity Hall, Media Room, 12:00noon to 2:00 p.m.
 

We are proud to announce the visit of Armando Marileo Lefio (Ngenpin), a spiritual Mapuche authority in 46 Aboriginal Communities of Puerto Saavedra, 9th Region of Chile who will be in Edmonton from April 22 to 28, 2003. (Consult agenda for time and place of activities.)
 

“ Mapuche” means “people of the earth”. The Mapuche culture, custom, religion, social organization and Universal vision are based on interaction with Mother Earth.
 

Today there are approximately one million Mapuche living in Chile. In a country of nearly 11 million, they represent up to 10% of the population.Approximately 350,000 Mapuche live on reservations in the 8th, 9thand 10th Regions and about 400,000 Mapuche live in urban centers of whom the majority reside in Santiago.
 

During the colonial period, the Mapuche defiantly fought for their identity and their right to the land. The Spanish colonists were never able to penetrate any further south than the Bio-BioRiver that became the northern boundary of the Mapuche territory.
 

Toward the end of the 19th century, the ChileanState occupied Mapuche territory. A system of Reserves or “Reducciones” were established where reserve lands were scattered and of poor quality. The multinational corporations for forestry exploitation targeted the Mapuche Peoples, particularly Pine tree and Eucalyptus plantations in their territory. During the last two decades the situation has resulted in many conflicts that have led to the intervention of Chilean government and their military police.Police have arrested, detained and imprisoned many Mapuche leaders.
 

The Mapuche Peoples of Chile were the last Indigenous Peoples of the Americas to be invaded.They are tired of eking out a living on small plots of land that have been depleted of nutrients.The environment around them continues to be exploited by multinationals. Their territory, which once occupied a quarter of Chile, has declined to about 4 % of their ancestral land.
 

Brother Armando Marileo will discuss the Mapuche struggle for the land and territory, the constitutional rights and recognition for self-determination as an Indigenous Nation.He also will explain the Mapuche philosophy and universal views of the science of the Aboriginal Peoples of Chile. Thomas Sullivan, a Mohawk and Linda Bull, a Nehiyaw/Cree will do likewise and share their perspectives of the First Nations’ Peoples of North America.
 

In Edmonton, different Latin American organizations such as the Committee in Support of Mapuche People, Latin American Forum, Sombrilla Refugee Support Society are sponsoring Mr. Marileo’s visit as well as other known Indigenous representatives/individuals from First Nations’ Peoples of Canada.
 

We have prepared Earth Treaty activities for our guest and the public is invited to attend.A further discussion will take place at the City Hall Media Room, from 12 noon – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2003.
 

For more information, call: Dionicio Barrales, Coordinator, Ph. (780) 462-5295. mbarrale@epsb.netor :EarthTreaty@yahoo.ca or see www.Earth-Treaty.comor www.Earth-Treaty.org
 
 

MAPUCHE TOUR - GIRA MAPUCHE

SHARING AND DEVELOPING ALL OUR RELATIONS
ACTIVITY CALENDAR
April 22 to April 28, 2003



 
 
1. Tuesday, April 22  Welcome Ceremony
Press Conference
City Hall, Sir Winston Churchill Square

Mapuche and Earth Treaty Presentation City Hall, Media Room
12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
 

2. Wed., April 23  Visit to Stan Daniels Healing Centre
9516 – 101 Ave. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Visit a local school
 

3. Thurs., April 24 Yellowhead Tribal College 10:30 a.m.
17304 - 105 Avenue
Phone: (780) 484-0303

Meeting with Union Leaders, 12:00 noon 

Sombrilla Canadian Forum
International Center, University of Alberta
Hub Mall, 7:00 p.m.
 

4. Friday, April 25  Poundmakers Treatment Center, 1:00 p.m.
5. Saturday, April 26  Meeting: (Latino American audience)
                                     “Mapuche Struggle: Difficulties and Challenges” 
                                    International Centre, University of Alberta
                                    Hub Mall 11:00 AM.

Cultural Mapuche Feast
Kenilworth Hall, 7104 – 87 Avenue, 7 :30 PM.
Donation:     $ 20 with excellent food
 

6. Sunday, April 27  Sacred Heart Church of First Nation 11:00 AM 
7. Monday, April 28 Athabasca University 1:00 p.m.