Latin America

Historic decisions bring hope to indigenous groups in Ecuador

Plagued by many of the same threats and pressures as indigenous communities in Brazil, two crucial rulings have given much-needed relief and aspiration to traditional peoples in Ecuador

Indigenous land in Nisag, Chimborazo, Ecuador. Photo: Stephen Reich
Indigenous land in Nisag, Chimborazo, Ecuador. Photo: Stephen Reich

The population in Ecuador’s Amazon region is over 70 percent indigenous. And, like in all of the eight countries that make up the massive basin, these traditional communities have come under persistent threat from private business interests and loosened legal protections.

However, while the situation may be bleak elsewhere, Ecuador’s indigenous people have already managed two massive victories this year. In February, the country’s constitutional court handed down a historic ruling giving these traditionally marginalized groups more agency over their land, making it mandatory for indigenous communities to be consulted before mining or other extractivist projects can be set...

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