ACT News

Bringing Light to Others: Updates from the Barefoot College Experience

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

In India, November 11 marked the beginning of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, when Indian Hindus—and other Hindus around the world—celebrate the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The festival is evidenced by millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, and around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.

Trio shamans honored by the Government of Suriname

Posted on Monday, December 28, 2015
On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the Trio shamans Riri Pinoma, Wuta Wajimnoe, and Amashina Oedematoe were decorated with the Honorary Order of the Palm by the President of Suriname Desiré Bouterse. This annual decoration ceremony had a special significance this year, as Suriname became an independent country exactly 40 years ago.

Colombia’s Inga-Kamentsa Achieve Historic Territorial Expansion

Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In December 2015, with ACT’s assistance, Colombia’s Inga-Kamentsa people were granted governance rights over roughly 100,000 acres of their traditional lands. The community had laid claims to those lands for more than 300 years.

Colombia’s University of the Amazon and ACT Present Certificate Course to Indigenous Communities of the Department of Caquetá

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015
In November 2015, Colombia’s University of the Amazon (Universidad de la Amazonia), in partnership with ACT, held a certificate course for indigenous representatives on the development of self-administered studies and surveys for the proper land use zoning and administration of indigenous territories in the Colombian Amazon.

Caquetá adopts groundbreaking indigenous peoples’ policy

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015

On November 11, 2015, in a historic and positive development for the indigenous peoples of Caquetá in Colombia, the departmental Assembly of the Department of Caquetá passed ordinance 031, establishing a departmental indigenous peoples’ public policy and forming an indigenous coordinating council responsible for the policy’s design and implementation.

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