We're delighted to bring you our interview with Hernán Payaguaje about the impact of climate change on indigenous communities in Ecuadaor. Thank you also to Alex Goff for translating during our interview.
Hernán comes from the indigenous Siekopai community of San Pablo, Ecuador, located, where his people have lived for generations.
Hernán made the most of the unique opportunity to study at university, where he began to believe that for his people to survive in a rapidly changing landscape, they would need to learn to use modern technology, as well as legal and political systems, to their benefit, while maintaining a strong cultural identity. Hernán was a founding member of the indigenous organization Ceibo Alliance - which represents the indigenous people of four nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon - A'i Kofan, Siekopai, Siona, and Waorani - who decided to come together in an alliance to fight for the defence of their culture, territory and life.
In this interview, Hernán talks about how the voices of indigenous peoples have traditionally been silenced and hidden and he explains what he and others are doing to preserve their cultures, heritages and homes in the face of a rapidly changing world.
Watch Hernán's answers and at the bottom of the page, share the most important thing you've learned.
If you wish to go straight to Alex's translation of Hernán's answer, it begins around half way through each video.
What was the key to success of uniting four groups in the Ceibo alliance? Did anyone oppose this and if so, how did you overcome opposition?
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How does the world respond to your alliance's involvement in decision-making at international level?
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Historically, our struggles and our perspectives as indigenous peoples have been hidden and have been excluded from international debates and decision-making, and that's been intentional. Our voices have been silenced by governments and companies in the industries that feel threatened by the messages that we bring.Hernán Payaguaje on how the world have reacted to indigenous peoples in the past
Do you think COP26 will be inclusive enough?
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From my perspective there has never been a robust participation of indigenous peoples in these spaces... I do not believe enough has been done is and is continuing to be done to include indigenous voices"Hernán Payaguaje on COP26
What are your expectations for the Ceibo Alliance in the future?
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In a rapidly changing landscape, how important is technology for you and your people in the Ceibo Alliance?
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What are the impacts of climate change on your cultural identity and your legal and political systems?
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Our agricultural systems...are based on the skies and on the seasons but the stability and consistency of those seasons have been changing in recent years because of climate changeHernán Payaguaje on the impact of climate change on his peoples
Thank you so much to Hernán for his insightful and fascinating answers.
Thank you also to Alex Goff for translating during the interview.
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