KARI-OCA WORLD CONFERENCE
OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
ON TERRITORY, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
While the nations of the world shared their
many perspectives on Sustainable Development at the United Nations
Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil in June 1992, so too, leaders and delegates from Indigenous Nations
as diverse as the Inuit, the Onondaga, the Aymara, the Maori and the
Nisga'a people, defined their agenda at the World Conference of Indigenous
Peoples on Territory, Environment and Development, held at Kari-Oca, a
village outside Rio.
The Xingu warriors reproduced in Rio their own way of living in harmony
with nature. They set up Kari-Oca to celebrate the Indigenous World
Summit. The Tucanos from the Amazon also took part in the village
construction. They brought the northern architecture. This was the
beginning of a cultural exchange among Indigenous Nations.
A nation is recognized by the language, the religion and the culture of
Brazilian and foreign Indigenous Peoples who took part in the Kari-Oca
Conference are facing a cultural confrontation. The event was decisive for
the survival of Indigenous Nations.
Hosted by an Inter-Tribal Committee, this gathering provided Indigenous
People with the opportunity to prepare their own policy statements and
strategies concerning their relationship and decision-making capacity as
partners in the global community and the 21st century new world order.
Organisations such as COICA (Amazon), Centro Mocovi (Argentina), CIDOB
(Bolivia), AIDESEP (Peru), ONI (Colombia), UNI (Brazil), AFN (Canada),
SEJEKTO (Costa Rica), ONONDAGA NATION (USA), ICC (INUIT: Canada, Russia,
Alaska), WCIP (Canada), SAMMI NORDIC COUNCIL (Norway, Sweden, Finland,
Russia), SARAWAK (Malaysia), KAMP (Philippines), BATWA (Rwanda) and MAORI
(New Zealand), were represented.
Immediately following the Kari-Oca Conference, Indigenous leaders shared
their perspectives with both governmental and non-governmental
representatives and agencies.