Fotografía pueblos indígenas aislados caminando. Fotografía: Jesús Sosa. Archivo Asociación Wataniba.

What is GTI- PIACI?

The International Working Group of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact (GTI-PIAC), is an international working group made up by indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations and citizens who are committed with the protection, defense and promotion of the rights of these peoples, in the Amazon and the Gran Chaco.

Our 

Story

The International Working Group on Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact (GTI PIACI) is the result of a successful collaborative work whose first product was the First Regional Report "Indigenous Peoples in Isolation in the Amazon and Gran Chaco. Regional Report: Territories and Development" published in 2019.

After the presentation of the Report, 21 organizations from all over the Amazon and the Gran Chaco decided to constitute the GTI PIACI, which was announced and formalized in the Lima Declaration.

 

The GTI PIACI seeks to make visible the situation of vulnerability of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact, as well as to undertake effective actions for the protection and defense of their rights at the local, national, regional and international levels.

Indígenas mirando mapa territorial. Fotografía: Juan Arredondo. Archivo Amazon Conservation Team.
 
Fotografía de indígenas de Brasil. Fotografía: Esteban Barrera. Archivo Land is Life.

Our

Proposal

In visibilizing the situation of violation of the rights of the PIACI, we aim at creating and strengthening strategies and actions for the protection of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact at the national, the regional and the international levels.

 

Simultaneously, we promote the exchange of experiences, mutual learning, and articulated work in  advancing the cause of the defense of their rights.

Our

Values

We promote interculturality, articulation, learning, exchange, trust and representativeness as fundamental axes of our work.

Indígenas en canoa navegando por un río. Fotografía: Juan Arredondo. Archivo Amazon Conservation Team.

Our

Principles

Arte de indígenas aislados con fondo de hoja tropical. Fotrografía original: José Ninha Kanamari. 2008.

URGENCY

Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact are at risk of extermination and therefore have the right to urgent protection measures.

NO CONTACT

We defend and respect the "no contact" principle, interpreted as an expression of the right of the peoples to their self-determination.

TERRITORIES

We seek the recognition of the rights of the Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact in the integrity of their traditional territories, and we demand effective mechanisms to guarantee their intangibility in the face of external threats.

PARTICIPATION

States should consider the effective participation of indigenous and allied organizations, as well as that of indigenous peoples bordering or sharing territories where PIACI live in South America.

CROSS - BORDER DIMENSION

We understand the cross-border dimension of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact in South America as an essential element of their context, and for this reason, their protection demands a regional, articulated approach between the States, the indigenous peoples, their organizations and other non-government organizations.

VULNERABILITY/HEALTH 

Due to the various dimensions of vulnerability (epidemiological, political, social, territorial and demographic) to which the PIACI are subjected, it is necessary that the States formulate special health care policies for these peoples, prioritizing the implementation of health networks in the territories shared or adjacent to these peoples.