𝐀𝐓𝐌 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐏𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐬 (𝐈𝐏) 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲
ATM Statement | October 9, 2022
On this Indigenous Peoples’ Sunday, Alyansa Tigil Mina expresses its solidarity with the IPs, especially those fighting against mining in their ancestral lands and communities.
For decades, the IPs have fought for their rights to be respected and protected, particularly their right to self-determination. In mining communities, they have stood their ground against the destruction of their ancestral lands by large-scale mining corporations. Despite underhanded attempts by mining firms to secure their Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), many indigenous groups expose these manipulative orchestrations and persist in their opposition against mining.
“Lupa, Pagkain, Kabuhayan Bago Mina.” We join the IPs in their demands to government. Land, Food, and Livelihood are the fundamental needs and rights of the IPs that need to be fulfilled and must be prioritized over the vested interests of mining companies.
Furthermore, we call on government to respect the local autonomy of the IPs, by supporting their positions against large-scale mining. Many communities have signified their staunch opposition to mining. Yet, despite this, processes are circumvented and mining companies are even allowed to illegally operate. We support the IPs demand to stop these illegal mining operations, which do not have the consent of the local communities.
The affinity of the IPs to the land and the environment cannot be overemphasized. On this day IP Sunday, we recognize the role of indigenous groups in preserving our natural resources as they revere the sacredness of nature. We are in deep gratitude and pay tribute to their valuable contributions to our national life.
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