“Our territory is our life. Without our territory, without our forest, we cannot exist. We hope that our rights and lives will be respected. Our forest is not for sale!”
A powerful and historic moment for indigenous rights and the rights of nature has just happened in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Chanting songs about defending the forest and carrying their spears, on Wednesday 27 February 2019 the Waorani people marched towards the Provincial Court of Pastaza where they filed a lawsuit to demand the respect of their collective rights and to protect their lands from oil extraction. The Waorani were joined by other indigenous nations from the north and south, including Siona, Kofan, Secoya, Kichwa, Achuar, Sapara, and others, who expressed their solidarity and affirmed their alliance to protect their rainforest homes.
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