The Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil – APIB is an instance of agglutination and national reference of the indigenous movement in Brazil, which was born with the purpose of:
– strengthen the union of indigenous peoples, the articulation between the different regions and indigenous organizations in the country;
– unify the struggles of indigenous peoples, the agenda of demands and the politics of the indigenous movement;
– mobilize indigenous peoples and organizations in the country against threats and attacks on indigenous rights.
The APIB was created during the 2005 Terra Livre Camp (ATL), the national mobilization that takes place every year, starting in 2004, to increase awareness over the situation of indigenous rights and claim from the Brazilian Government the fulfilment of its demands.
The following regional indigenous organizations are part of APIB: Articulation of Indigenous Peoples in the Northeast, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo (APOINME), Council of the Terena People, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of the Southeast (ARPINSUDESTE), Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of the South (ARPINSUL), Great Assembly of the Guarani People (ATY GUASU), Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB) and Guarani Yvyrupa Commission.
Promotion and defense of indigenous rights, based on the articulation and union between indigenous peoples and organizations from different regions of the country.
– Promote mobilizations and permanent articulation of the Indigenous Movement, in different regions and at the national level.
– Formulate and implement a Training Program for indigenous leaders and organizations.
– Assess and focus on the construction and implementation of specific and differentiated Public Policies aimed at indigenous peoples, in the different areas of interest: health, education, land, environment, legislation, sustainability, human rights and social participation and control.
– Develop an Information and Communication Program on the reality of indigenous rights, along with the bases of the indigenous movement, the State and national and international public opinion.
– Build and strengthen alliances with the international indigenous movement and other social movements, as well as partnerships with institutions and networks of solidarity and support for social causes, especially that of indigenous peoples.
– Guarantee the institutional and organizational infrastructure as well as the maintenance of the political and technical team necessary for the implementation of the APIB action plan.
– Approval of the New Statute for Indigenous Peoples;
– Approval of the Bill that creates the National Council for Indigenous Policy (CNPI);
– rejection of anti-indigenous legislative initiatives (PL’s, PEC’s), which seek to reverse the rights guaranteed by the 1988 Federal Constitution.
– application of Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, which guarantee the right to free, prior and informed consultation on any matters that affect us.
– Justice: end of violence and criminalization against indigenous leaders and communities, as a result of the struggle for land.
– creation of the Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health.
– recognition and training of the categories of Indigenous Health Agents (AIS) and Indigenous Sanitation Agents (AISAN);
– effective political, administrative and financial autonomy of Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI’s);
Indigenous School Education:
– differentiated education, complete and qualified primary and secondary education, vocational education, access to higher education, with special programs and courses aimed at meeting the needs of indigenous peoples.
Read more about APIB here: http://apib.info/apib/?lang=en