Seeking “state solutions” with the Mapuche people presidential commission talks in La Araucanía

For approximately five hours, and with the assistance of nearly 150 attendees from diverse backgrounds, both Mapuche and non-Mapuche people, the first “intercultural dialogue” organized by the Presidential Commission for Peace and Understanding took place this Saturday in Temuco—headed by Victor Ramos.

The meeting took place at the Liceo Bicentenario in the capital of La Araucanía, and thus opened a cycle of spaces for conversation, reflection, debate and generation of proposals so that the commission created by decree of President Gabriel Boric continues to host initiatives to fulfill its mandate. : “promote a process of dialogue to reach consensus and give legitimacy to the final measures recommended by the President of the Republic“.

This first “intercultural dialogue” opened with a welcome and introduction to the attendees by the co-president, Alfredo Moreno, commissioner Gloria Callupe, and the executive secretary, Víctor Ramos. Then, the nearly 150 people, with the assistance of facilitators, were distributed into 19 conversation, reflection and work groups. Proposals and ideas were received in each group, thinking about future solutions for the problems covered by this transversal organization.

At the end of this first dialogue, the commission met again with the attendees to collect their impressions.

The instance closed three consecutive days of work, conversation and reception of testimonies and proposals in the capital of La Araucanía. This Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, it held its 27th Session, in which it attended to about 67 people, including Mapuche, non-Mapuche, productive unions and victims of violence.

The cycle of dialogues will continue in different cities of the four regions; The next one is in Angol. The dates are being published on the Commission’s website, and to participate simply register at this link.

“We want to continue listening and receiving proposals”

During this first intercultural dialogue, the co-president of the Presidential Commission for Peace and Understanding, former minister Alfredo Moreno, stated that “this is the first intercultural dialogue that we have created so that people can get together with people from their same groups, but also with people who think differently. To exchange opinions that allow us to move forward based on their suggestions, based on what they themselves propose and in this way incorporate everyone’s opinions.”

The executive secretary, Víctor Ramos, said that “the meaning of this meeting is to discuss how we observe, how we find medium and long-term solutions; especially State solutions that put an end to so many historical pains and conflicts that we have experienced regarding land and violence.”

Ramos added that “it is the starting point, since it is one of the many spaces to communicate with the Commission. “We want to continue listening and receiving proposals from as many people as possible.”

The objective is to “seek a solution to the conflict that the State of Chile has historically experienced with the Mapuche people.”

Commission invites you to organize self-convened meetings

The presidential commission also recalled that just as there will be other intercultural dialogues, there are also other types of spaces available to present proposals. These are the “Self-convened Territorial Meetings”, with the aim of promoting the broadest dialogue and gathering initiatives.

These instances consider that they can be carried out with respect to the forms of organization of civil society or Mapuche communities.

  • To organize your own self-convened meeting, you must contact the commission to request a registration document, by email [email protected] on Whatsapp +56 9 96521096, or by calling +56 2 26945987.

Regarding this process, Commissioner Gloria Callupe explained that “what we are doing is inviting regional society, Mapuche and non-Mapuche, representatives of the different sectors, to get together, to talk, to conclude certain proposals and for those proposals to help us. They can send them to the Presidential Commission.”

Callupe, who is also in charge of the Native Peoples Unit of the Regional Government of Biobío, added that “through self-convened meetings, people in the communities can also convene and come together in the territories, and continue working to make proposals that are realistic. to seek a solution to the conflict that the State of Chile is historically experiencing with the Mapuche people. Today what we do is invite Chilean society, invite regional society to join this State effort.”

  • The Presidential Commission for Peace and Understanding was created by Decree No. 14, of June 21, 2023. In its official presentation and launch, the 19 parties with parliamentary representation signed the commitment to support the bases of its operation.
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