Call for action to prevent the annihilation of Indigenous peoples in Colombia

An emergency as serious as it is invisible
More than one third of Indigenous peoples in Colombia are threatened with "extermination", according to the country's highest court, and face an "emergency as serious as it is invisible." This crisis is fueled by violent incursions into Indigenous territory, forced displacement and the imposition of megaprojects.
Canadian resource and mining companies have secured government permits to operate in Colombia, amidst complaints by Indigenous peoples that their right to decision-making about projects that will impact their land is routinely denied. Indeed expressing opposition to projects brings threats and attacks. Through the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, the Canadian government is promoting further expansion of these operations without human rights guarantees.
Speak out by sending an eye-catching message to show our government how much Canadians care about what is happening to many of the Indigenous Peoples in Colombia. The Canadian government has a close relationship with the Colombian government. They should use it to press for action to protect the rights and survival of Indigenous Peoples. Our government is more likely to do this if it knows that many Canadians are calling for urgent action.
There are several ways you can take action.
1. Take a photo and send it to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.. We will upload it and use it to show the Canadian government the level of concern in Canada for the welfare of Colombia’s Indigenous communities.
You could take a photo of
• yourself with a sign in large, dark letters that calls on the government to act
• a message you write on your t-shirt that doubles to raise awareness among your friends
• a handmade poster or a mural that you paint, bearing your message of concern
• a message drawn in chalk on the sidewalk
In each photo, include your first name and where you live to make it even more personal.
2. You could even create a rap or a song, and then send us a video of it.
If you use Facebook, post your photo or video there and ask your friends to join you in this creative action.
3. Organize a display of the photo messages from Indigenous people in Colombia. They will inspire others to take action. The photo banners come with plastic hooks that can be removed without leaving a mark. The display is free. You only need to pay for return shipping. Along with the banners, we will send you postcards addressed to the Colombian government and give-away wrist ribbons that say “The survival of Indigenous Peoples in Colombia is in all of our hands”. Place your order any time in 2013 at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. or by phoning 416 363 9933 ext 328.
4. If you prefer to contact Prime Minister Harper directly, make a sign that says
I am worried about the survival of Indigenous Peoples in Colombia, like the Kankuamo, Zenú and Wayúu. Please press the Colombian government to protect their lives, livelihoods and lands.
Add your name and your community.
Mail it postage-free to
Prime Minister
Stephen Harper
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A2
Visit to see an online photo gallery, more about our Advocate with Art project, and background information about what is happening in Colombia.