The following article is excerpted with permission from PeruviDan, where Dan Schloss writes about thoughts and experiences as a Canadian International Development Agency intern living and working in Arequipa, Peru.
I initially started writing this as an analysis of what is taking place in Canada, and wanted to compare it to other indigenous movements with which I’ve experienced in Latin America. Granted, I don’t have a TV here, and it takes me longer to wade through news articles and commentaries on the indigenous situation in Peru given that I’ve only acquired Spanish in the past 2 years– I can speak, write and read at an advanced level, but there are obvious limitations. Likewise, even with social media and internet, there are also limitations to my knowledge and understanding of the Canadian movement– So instead, I’ve decided to give a bit of context to where I am coming from in my opinions, and some of the concerns that I see with the current Idle No More movement in Canada.
Obviously, Peru’s indigenous face a long, uphill battle. I see it every day in the work I do, whether working with extremely poor communities on the outskirts of Arequipa, with most...More >>