Delegation

Sonia Guajajara

Born among the Guajajara/Tenetehar in Maranhão, Brazil, Sônia has a degree in Letters and Nursing, and she holds a graduate degree in Special Education from Maranhão State University. As of 2018, she was Brazil’s first indigenous woman vice-presidential candidate. Previously, she was the deputy coordinator of the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB). Currently, she is the executive coordinator of the Brazil's Indigenous Peoples Coalition (APIB) and participates in the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) in Brazil.

Dinaman Tuxá

A native of Tuxá, an indigenous people who live in the states of Bahia, Pernambuco, and Minas Gerais, Dinaman Tuxá (from Bahia) is the coordinator of the Brazil's Indigenous Peoples Coalition (APIB) and a lawyer for the Articulation of Northeast Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo (APOINME). In addition to being an attorney, he also holds a master's degree in Sustainable Development from and is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Brasilia.

Nara Baré

She is the first female general coordinator of the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), which represents 160 peoples from nine Amazonian states. Born in the Upper Rio Negro, a region where 90% of the population is indigenous, she dedicates her life to the movement and plays a fundamental role in educating indigenous youth for political battle, through dialogue, confronting politicians, and building technical knowledge. She has already voyaged through European countries and the United States of America to intensify her fight for the indigenous peoples’ rights.

Elizeu Guarani Kaiowá

Born in Mato Grosso do Sul, Elizeu represents one of the Brazilian indigenous peoples who have been suffering violence the most because they inhabit the land that was invaded by agribusiness. Fifteen major leaders were murdered in the region from 2003 to 2013, and investigations have ground to a halt. For fighting for his rights, Elizeu was sued by farmers, received death threats, escaped armed ambushes, and was forbidden to return to the village where he left his family.

Angela Kaxuyana

Alongside other leaders, Angela actively participates in the struggle to retake the Katxuyana-Tunayana-Oriximiná Indigenous Land, which lies between the states of Pará and Amazonas, in a preserved area of the Amazon rainforest. She has a degree in Environmental Management and holds a graduate degree in Environmental Management, Consulting, and Auditing from the Amazon Institute of Higher Education (Instituto de Estudos Superiores da Amazônia, or IESAM) and worked in the creation of indigenous policies in the state of Pará. Today, she is treasury coordinator for the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB).

Kretã Kaingang

Kretã is from the Mangueirinha Indigenous Land, an area of Atlantic Forest in the countryside of Paraná, threatened continuously by loggers. In April 2003, Kretã and his people, Kaingang, helped create the Free Land Camp (Acampamento Terra Livre) in Brasilia, along with the Guarani and Xoklêng peoples. Today, the camp is the largest forum of the Brazilian indigenous movement. He also initiated and led the indigenous battle against fracking in Brazil, which enables the extraction of oil, gas, and coal from the soil.

Célia Xakriabá

Célia Xakriabá, from Minas Gerais, has been a female activist since she was 13 years old. Her focus is to expose the historical absence of indigenous women in politics and other domains – such as universities and encourages the search and resumption of the role of indigenous women in institutional spaces. She is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology and a professor, fighting for the restructuring of the educational system. She has been an advisor to the Minas Gerais Department of Education and a parliamentary advisor to Gabinetona.

Alberto Terena

Professor Alberto has a degree in Pedagogy and a specialization in school management. He served on the National Commission for Indigenous School Education from 2004 to 2010. Today, he is part of the Terena Council, which defends the territory, education, and health of these people who live in Mato Grosso do Sul. Alberto Terena is also the executive coordinator of the Coalition of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil.

Delegation

Erisvan Guajajara

For Erisvan Guajajara, besides fighting for the demarcation of indigenous lands (which have been threatened mainly by agribusiness, mining, and the growth of cities), it is also necessary to take the lead, and fight for the “demarcation of the TV screens,” i.e., "It's time we give voice to our roots." Communicator and activist, the indigenous native of the Arariboia Indigenous Land, in Maranhão, Brazil is engaged in the struggle to occupy the media spaces, bringing the voice of the original indigenous peoples to the world, telling the story from the vision based on the Good Living of all the indigenous people of the Americas, silenced for over 500 years of oppression, racism, violence, and the denial of rights.

Gasparini Kaingang

Biologist, Gasparini Kaingang has been sharing his vocation as a professor for ten years, teaching in two different environments—the elementary and high schools of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and the undergraduate and specialization courses at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS). The consultant for the NGO Amazon Watch is in a long educational relationship with UFMS: through the institution, he became an expert on Indigenous Peoples Culture and History, with a master’s and Ph.D. in Science Education in the Environmental field.

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