Seminar – “Hydrographic Basins in the Amazon: The sacred and the defense of the rivers of the water people”

We, participants of the Seminar “Hydrographic Basins in the Amazon: The sacred and the defense of the rivers of the water people”, after two days meeting at the Federal University of the West of Pará – UFOPA, have considered,

There was a time when women, men, children, and elders lived in harmony with the forest, the rivers, the birds, the fish, the animals, and with nature. This occurred 519 years ago. From this time on, everything has changed, the fish have gone to breathe elsewhere, the agouti, the tapir, the paca, the wild pork, take much longer to visit us. The birds are singing more quietly, they seem to have lost some of their joy.

We have heard that in other countries and continents the waters are no longer the same, they have revolted in places where they used to live in tranquility, taking with them cultures and traditions, and disappeared from places where they used to be. Here, in the Tapajós River Basin, things are also changing, the river waters are sick, and people have also become sick with them. The miners and their dredgers, the loggers, the dam builders arrived, and they try to deceive us with their lies. They try to erase our memory; they try to erase our history. Where do the spirits who lived there go?

For governments and the entrepreneurs of this massive projects, the waters of our rivers are just a source of energy, making hydroelectric turbines work, transporting soy, ore, timber, killing the mother of the fish, killing our dreams, destroying our lives. The Brazilian State, a friend of the companies, seeks to exterminate the indigenous peoples, the quilombola communities, the traditional people, the people of the rivers, the people of the forests.

Under these circumstances, we resolve:

● To expand the processes of exchange and exchange of experiences between the people present in the seminar, and other relatives who were not present in the seminar;

● To demand from the Federal University of Para – UFOPA – tohold events that will allow the meeting and discussion between indigenous leaders and students;

● To articulate with the various human rights organizations the protection and security of the leaders who are receiving death threats because of the work they do in defense of their territories;

● To demand from the responsible organs, the protection of the newly indigenous community found – the Awa-Guajá, as well as of the isolated ones that are in vulnerable situation, having their territory invaded;

● To denounce the Municipality of São João do Caru for hospital waste due to the contamination of the Caru River.

● To immediately suspend any mining project affecting rivers and indigenous lands in the Amazon, and

● To conduct prior consultations, in accordance with the ILO Convention 169, prior to initiating any study for the implementation of projects in indigenous lands, extractivecommunity lands, quilombola communities and surrounding areas, as well as guaranteeing the right of veto to the project by these populations.

Associação de Mulheres Indígenas Munduruku – Wakomboru(Indigenous Woman Association of the Munduruku People – Wakomboru)
Associação Indígena Wizaru – Guerreiras da Floresta (Indigenous Association Wizaru – Warriors of the Forest)
Associação Indígena Paririp do povo Munduruku do MédioTapajós (Indigenous Association Paririp of the Munduruku People from Middle Tapajos)
Conselho Indígena Tapajós Arapiuns – Departamento de Mulheres(Tapajos Indgenous Counsel Arapiuns – Woman’s Department)
Conselho de Gestão do Povo Ka’apor (Ka’apor People’s Management Council)
Associação Indígena Borari de Alter do Chão (Borari Indigenous Association from Alter do Chão)

Fórum da Amazônia Oriental (East Amazon Forum)
Movimento Xingu Vivo (Movement Xingu Alive Forever)