[Venezuelanalysis.com's Kiraz Janicke reports on the handing over of eleven housing and land titles recognising indigenous ownership of various indigenous groups throughout the country by Venezuelan vice-president Jorge Rodriguez, together with Nicia Maldonado, the Minister of Popular Power for Indigenous Peoples. This coincided with the launch of the First International Congress of the
Anti-imperialist Indigenous Peoples of Latin America (Abya Yala),
which being held in San Tomé, Anzoátegui state.]
Venezuela's indigenous population makes up about 1% of the total population. Credit: MINCI
Venezuela Hosts Indigenous Congress, Gives Land Titles to Indigenous
By Kiraz Janicke - Venezuelanalysis.com
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Caracas, August 8, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)— Coinciding with the launch of the First International Congress of the Anti-imperialist Indigenous Peoples of Latin America (Abya Yala), yesterday, in San Tomé, Anzoátegui state, Venezuelan vice-president Jorge Rodriguez, together with Nicia Maldonado, the Minister of Popular Power for Indigenous Peoples, handed over eleven housing and land titles recognizing indigenous ownership of various indigenous groups throughout the country.
Minister Nicia Maldonado assured that along with the recognition of land titles, the government will provide financial support for projects of integral development and housing for the indigenous communities of Pumé, Yaruro, Kariña and Warao, the first peoples of the states of Apure, Anzoátegui, and Bolívar.
She also said that during the past eight years the Venezuelan government has handed over nine-hundred thousand hectares of land titles to the indigenous peoples of various regions of Venezuela.
The minister said that 2,205 indigenous communities representing more than forty different groups had been identified at a national level, including 26 communities in urban zones and that the delivery of resources for the development of projects would come through financing plans presented by the Indigenous Communal Councils throughout the country.
The minister confirmed that the National Registrar of
Indigenous Communal Councils had reached 800 and of these, 520 had so
far received financing from the national government for various
development projects. She added that financial resources would be made
available for the other 280 Communal Councils.
She explained that the Chavez government has encouraged a process of “dignification of the original peoples of the country,” through incorporating them into the education missions, Robinson, Ribas and Sucre, as well as programs of social production such as Mission Vuelvan Caras, now called Mission Ché Guevara, among others.
Maldonado also emphasized that the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela “rescued the dignity and rights of the original peoples,” through the Organic Law of the Indigenous Peoples.
Anti-Imperialist Indigenous Congress Opens
The First International Congress of the Anti-imperialist Indigenous Peoples of Latin America (Abya Yala), also opened yesterday in San Tomé. Minister Maldonado said the conference, while promoting cultural diversity, had an “integrationist and unifying character” with the aim of creating a front against the political hegemony of the US imperialism.
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