Exploring our relationship with nature with indigenous leaders Davi Yanomami, and Mauricio Ye’kuana, from Hutukara Yanomami Association, Brazil
We are thrilled to welcome two special guests from Brazil to the NorthWest and invite you to an afternoon of sharing and reflection as we meet CAFOD partners Davi Yanomami, and Mauricio Ye’kuana, from Hutukara Yanomami Association, Brazil on Saturday 27 September at Lee House, Chipping Road, Thornley, Preston PR3 2TB.
Arrivals from 2pm with a 2.30pm start, and finishing at 5pm.
Davi Yanomami Kopenawa is President and Founder of CAFOD’s indigenous partner, Hutukara Yanomami Association (HAY), which was set up in 2004 in the state of Roraima, in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Hutukara has been a CAFOD partner since 2007 and works to protect Yanomami and Ye’kuana indigenous rights to land, health, bi-lingual education and cultural preservation through campaigning, lobbying and community mobilisation activities.
Davi Yanomami Kopenawa
Davi is a world-renowned indigenous leader, and has won numerous national and international awards, for his efforts to protect the Yanomami and Ye’kuana people and the Amazon rainforest, including the UN Global 500 award for his contribution to the battle for environmental preservation.
In this film clip Davi talks about how the changing climate is affecting the land and his people, and how we can respond.
Today Davi lives in his community Watoriki, (‘The Mountain of the Wind’), on the watershed of the Amazon and Orinoco rainforests. Despite Yanomami territory being legally demarcated in the state of Roraima, northern Brazil, in 1982, land invasions continue, such as illegal gold-miners and farmers, and communities are increasingly feeling the impacts of climate change, which are affecting their health, food security and environment.
Mauricio Tomé Rocha, known as Maurício Ye’kuana, is a 29 year old Ye’kuana Brazilian indigenous leader and activist. His community lives on the banks of a river also called Auaris, in the north west of the state of Roraima, Brazil.
Mauricio has worked for CAFOD partner, Hutukara Yanomami Association (HAY), since 2008. Hutukara has been a CAFOD partner since 2007 and works to protect Yanomami and Ye’kuana indigenous rights to land, health, bi-lingual education and cultural preservation through campaigning, lobbying and community mobilisation activities.
He is currently the Vice President of Hutukara, and second in command to the President, Davi Yanomami. From a young age, Mauricio learned from his people how to live and survive in the Amazon forest, their sacred stories, and about their struggle and resistance. This inspired him to later learn how to lead the struggle for indigenous peoples’ rights.
Mauricio is a talented political negotiator, trained in land management, and has carried out important work overseeing the Yanomami Indigenous Territory demarcation.
Join us as, with Davi and Mauricio, we explore our relationship with nature and move towards an understanding of where we stand in this picture. We’ll consider how we can restore our relationship with creation to enable a safe, sustainable and peaceful planet to flourish.