The Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), communicated this Thursday the publication, by the government transition team, of the ordinance that establishes the new Ministries and confirms the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples.
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In this sense, the first indigenous federal deputy elected by Sao Paulo, Sonia Guajajara, pointed out that the publication of the ordinance does not mean the confirmation of the new ministry, but the indigenous leaders summoned to assume the portfolio take the implementation of the proposal for granted.
He added that the move paves the way for the newly elected president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to create a ministry focused exclusively on indigenous affairs, a historic milestone in a country where indigenous people have been denied their rights since colonization. .
Via @folha: Leaders of the Apib are beginning to outline a proposal that could become the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples, Lula’s campaign promise. Members of the articulation will meet in Brasília in the last few days and approve the creation of a work group. pic.twitter.com/DjtOVkBRvP
— Center for Indigenous Work (@cti_indigenismo)
November 7, 2022
According to the leader, the ordinance signed last Tuesday, November 8, made the federal government’s transition team official, in addition to creating 31 thematic groups that will work in the next two months.
It is worth noting that the National Indian Foundation (Funai), currently dependent on the Ministry of Justice, could be transferred in its entirety to the new portfolio or divided between the two.
In any case, the fight against this measure will guarantee the budget, autonomy and strengthen the participation of indigenous people in other government bodies.