Everything ready for the indigenous census in Uribia, Riohacha, Maicao and Manaure

Everything ready for the indigenous census in Uribia, Riohacha, Maicao and Manaure
Everything ready for the indigenous census in Uribia, Riohacha, Maicao and Manaure

This May 14, the indigenous census begins in the municipalities of Uribia, Manaure, Maicao and the District of Riohacha, in compliance with Sentence T-302 of 2017, where the Constitutional Court orders that the rights to drinking water, health and food security for the boys and girls of those territories.

The national director of the National Administrative Department of Statistics (Dane) Piedad Urdinola, who participated in Riohacha in the installation of the special mechanism for monitoring and evaluation of Public Policies, explained that the registry for the census will be collected by the Wayuú population.

“It is the first time that in the Dane we have a record of this type that has been collected and will continue to be collected with the communities, under all the Wayuú cosmogony and all the knowledge and its territoriality, which is very important for us,” he explained.

He expressed that since last year they have been working on the issue and it was possible to carry out the entire face-to-face phase in 21 assemblies with the entire indigenous community, where a technical committee was formed and a questionnaire was issued that has all the questions formulated in conjunction with the community.

He specified that they are questions built together, that have all the international guidelines, standards and good practices of the Dane, but that they build and collect all those information needs from the base of the entire Wayuú people.

He pointed out that tablets were purchased specially designed to withstand the heat and sand that the entire Wayuú territory shows. He specified that the tablet has an application to capture all the information starting May 14.

“We are going to go out into the field now, to collect information from the communities,” he said, highlighting that we are working in coordination with all national entities and the four mayors’ offices as ordered by the Constitutional Court.

“The mayors have been following us and accompanying us in all the processes that we have advanced and well, they are knowing and as they saw it today in the presentation. We are working hand in hand with both the Government and territorial entities,” he said.

He added that the questionnaire has more than one hundred questions that were constructed in the 21 assemblies that were held with the indigenous communities.

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