I come from the Mapuche nation in southern Chile. For decades forestry companies have occupied our ancestral lands, bringing not only crop monocultures but also violent criminalisation and militarisation. This is only part of the way that successive governments have contravened international norms and agreements that are supposed to safeguard our collective rights.

Our community is also particularly affected by energy generation investment projects that alter the course of our rivers, lakes and streams. These waters are sacred to the Mapuche nation, and for good reason: they are the basis ...


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