September 2, 2019
The head of the Assembly of First Nations says Canada needs to press Brazil to “end its violence” against Indigenous Peoples.
In a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Chief Perry Bellegarde says he has “grave concerns” over what he calls invasions and attacks by gold miners, ranchers and loggers on Indigenous territories in Brazil’s northern Amazon region.
He says the attacks have resulted in assaults on Waiapi women and the killing of Waiapi Chief Emyra Waiapi.
Freeland’s office says the minister has spoken with Bellegarde about both the letter and the situation in Brazil, where there are currently over 75,000 wildfires burning in the rainforest throughout the country–an 80 per cent increase over last year, according Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.
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