Topics: Ecuador, Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Rafael Correa Pages: 4 (1415 words) Published: September 5, 2013
Helen Molina
LAS 150
Professor Garcia
La Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (Spanish), Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (English) [CONAIE] is one of the largest indigenous organization formed in 1986 on behalf of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana); CONFENIAE, the Confederation of Peoples of Quichua Nationality (Confederación de Pueblos de la Nacionalidad Kichuas del Ecuador); ECUARUNARI. CONAIE has been through many uprisings and has fought for their rights. CONAIE main focus this organization has are land and education. CONAIE was created as a representative body of the indigenous people who had no voice. The indigenous groups seem to be losing their languages, customs, and culture. CONAIE represents the indigenous voice in the modern world.

CONAIE and education has been a big issue. CONAIE has push for further education towards their indigenous groups. CONAIE pushed for the bilingual education program which was an agreement with the Ministry of Education and Culture. For example the language Quichua is being taught and also other languages that are fading away are trying to come back. The indigenous groups want their languages to survive and that CONAIE teaches the new generations to learn/speak their language so that their identities would not go away and stay much longer.

Land was and still is a big issue in Latin America and for all those indigenous groups. Indigenous people were living on their land for hundreds of years. The indigenous people consider themselves part of the environment and that their traditional ways of doing things allows them to live in peace with nature. Land is a big deal for the Indigenous groups because it is where they get their water, food, shelter, medicine and clothing from. Their native lands are disappearing. Each year the indigenous people are left with...
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