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LRI interviews USHRN International Mechanisms Director, Roberto Borrero

Jan 14, 2019

Roberto BorreroWhy I March: Roberto Múkaro Borrero ‘To Remain Silent is to be Complicit’

On January 18, 2019, Indigenous peoples from across the world will be uniting in Washington D.C. to stand together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women, and children.

In the lead up to the historic event, Last Real Indians will be featuring individuals involved with the Indigenous Peoples March.

LRI editor Matt Remle recently spoke with Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taíno) about the march, holding governments accountable for treaty obligations, and the resiliency of Indigenous peoples. 

Tell us about the Indigenous Peoples March? 

In my view, the Indigenous Peoples March is about demanding justice and affirming solidarity among our diverse First Nations Peoples across the hemisphere and around the world. It is about celebrating diversity while recognizing our similar situations in a time that we see increasing human rights violations against our communities and assaults against the very environments our peoples need to survive. This March is an important opportunity to raise the visibility of the issues that affect us and to
form new alliances or re-vitalize ancient ones. When so many Indigenous Peoples come together in one place it is a powerful testimony to our resilience and our collective will to fight for a better world for our present and future generations.

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