Convocation of the Constituent Assembly of the Indigenous Government Council for Mexico

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS

CONVOCATION

Considering that the V National Indigenous Congress (CNI, its initials in Spanish), in its second stage carried out on December 29, 30, 31, 2016 and on January 1, 2017, agreed:

FIRST. – “…To name an Indigenous Government Council with men and women representatives from each one of the peoples, tribes and nations that belong to it; and that this council proposes to govern this country. And that it will have as a spokesperson an indigenous woman from the CNI, who has indigenous blood and knows her culture. In other words, it will have as its spokesperson an indigenous woman from the CNI that will be an independent candidate to the presidency of Mexico in the 2018 elections…”

SEGUNDO. – “…[To call] the original peoples of this country, the collectives of the Sixth, men and women workers, fronts and committees in struggle of the countryside and the cities, the student, intellectual, artistic and scientific community, civil society that is not organized, as well as all good-hearted people to close ranks and go on the offensive. We call on you to dismantle the power of above and to reconstitute ourselves now from below and to the left, not only as peoples but as a country, to come together in a single organization where dignity will be our final word and our first action. We call on all of you to organize with us to stop this war, and to not be afraid to sow our seeds and build ourselves upon the ruins left by capitalism…”

THIRD: “…[to convoke] a constituent assembly of the Indigenous Governing Council for Mexico in the month of May 2017 to make the earth tremble at its core, to overcome fear and recuperate what belongs to humanity, what belongs to the earth, and what belongs to the peoples, to recuperate the territories that have been invaded or destroyed, for the disappeared of this country, for the freedom of all political prisoners, for truth and justice for all of those who have been murdered, for the dignity of the countryside and the city…making dignity the epicenter of a new world.”

We have agreed to convoke the authorities, representatives, delegates, and councilpersons named by the indigenous peoples, nations, tribes, barrios, communities, and organizations that participate in the CNI to celebrate the:

CONSTITUTIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE INDIGENOUS GOVERNING COUNCIL FOR MEXICO

To be held May 26, 27, and 28 of 2017 at the facilities of the Indigenous Center for Integral Learning (CIDECI-UNITIERRA) in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Zapatista territory, in accordance with the following schedule:

P R O G R A M

May 26: 1) Arrival and in-person registration of indigenous councilpersons, authorities, representatives, and delegates, as well as of press and guests invited by the Coordinating Commission of the CNI and 2) Traditional Ceremony.

May 27: 1) Inauguration and installation of the Constitutive Assembly of the Indigenous Governing Council for Mexico. 2) Working groups on the following topics:
 a) Proposals and strategies for the Indigenous Governing Council,
 b) Functioning and Organization of the Indigenous Governing Council
, c) Links between the Indigenous Governing Council and other sectors of civil society, and
 d) Naming of the Spokeswoman for the Indigenous Governing Council

May 28:
 1) Constitutive Plenary of the Indigenous Governing Council for Mexico and swearing-in ceremony of its members., 2) Discussion and approval of agreements, resolutions, and declarations, and 3) Assembly closing ceremony.

The naming of council members to the Indigenous Governing Council should be carried out according to the guidelines indicated in Appendix I of this Convocation and in the regions documented in Appendix II. Any concerns with regard to the proposed regions or necessary revisions should be communicated to the CNI coordinating committee.

Advance registration of indigenous delegates can be made through the CNI email: catedrajuanchavez@congresonacionalindigena.org.
 Those who are explicitly invited by the CNI coordination or the EZLN may participate as INVITED OBSERVERS.
 Members of the national and international Sixth who would like to attend as observers can register beforehand at the email: cni20aniversario@ezln.org.mx

Sincerely,

March 2017

For the full reconstitution of Our Peoples

Never More a Mexico without Us

National Indigenous Congress

Zapatista National Liberation Army

APPENDIX I

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BASIS FOR APPOINTING THE COUNCIL MEMBERS TO THE INDIGENOUS GOVERNING COUNCIL FOR MEXICO IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AGREEMENTS ADOPTED BY THE FIFTH NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS IN ITS FULL ASSEMBLY ON JANUARY 1, 2017.

  1. The Indigenous Governing Council (CIG, its initials in Spanish) will be made up of two council members, preferably one man and one woman, from each of the participating indigenous regions in the National Indigenous Congress (CNI, its initials in Spanish) as indicated in the following appendix, with the exception of those peoples residing in the metropolitan zones of Mexico City and Guadalajara, who will name one council member from each people.
  1. The council members will be named through the assembly consensus of their people or in agreement with the traditions and customs of each people, and should be documented in writing.
  1. Those who are proposed as council members should obey the mandate of the people that named them and that of the CNI assembly, and work collectively under the seven principles of the CNI.
  1. Those who are proposed as council members should meet the following requirements:
 Have permanent membership in the CNI
; Practice the seven principles of the CNI; Belong to an original people
; Know the history and culture of their people and hold recognition and moral authority in their community; Be nominated, named, and confirmed in Assembly or in the decision-making body of their people according to its traditions and customs.; Have accompanied their people in struggle and have a congruent trajectory of struggle; they should be people who know how to work the land, who are humble, who listen to and serve their people, who know the path of the CNI and are anticapitalist, from below and to the left.
  1. The council members’ position will rotate over the time period decided by each people and is immediately revocable by the assembly or the body by which it was named.
  1. Council members should preferably be named before the CNI assembly programmed for May 27 and 28 in San Cristóbal de las Casas. That assembly will agree upon the organization and functioning of the council members and the CIG.

FOR THE FULL RECONSTITUTION OF OUR PEOPLES

NEVER MORE A MEXICO WITHOUT US

THE PROVISIONAL COORDINATION

APPENDIX II

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LIST OF REGIONS FOR THE INDIGENOUS GOVERNMENT COUNCIL

Region No.

 

People – Language
Baja California
1 Cucapá
2 Kumiai
Campeche
3 Castellano de Candelaria
4 Chol de Campeche
5 Maya de Campeche
6 Tzeltal de Campeche
Chiapas
7 Castellano de la Costa de Chiapas
8 Chol
9 Mam de Chiapas
10 Tojolabal
11 Tzeltal de la Selva Norte
12 Tzeltal de los Altos de Chiapas
13 Tzeltal Zona Fronteriza
14 Tzotzil de los Altos de Chiapas
15 Tzotzil de la Costa de Chiapas
16 Tzotzil de la Región Centro de Chiapas
17 Lacandón
18 Zoque del Norte de Chiapas
Chihuahua
19 Rarámuri
Ciudad de México
20 Nahua del sur del Distrito Federal
Colima
21 Nahua de Colima
Durango
22 Wixárika de Durango
Guanajuato
23 Chichimeca
Guerrero
24 Afromexicano
25 Mephaa de la Montaña de Guerrero
26 Nahua Centro de Guerrero
27 Nahua Montaña de Guerrero
28 Amuzgo de Xochistlahuaca
29 Ñu Savi de la Costa de Guerrero
30 Ñu Savi de la Montaña de Guerrero
Hidalgo
31 Nahua de Hidalgo
Jalisco
32 Coca
33 Nahua del Sur de Jalisco
34 Tepehuano de Jalisco
35 Wixárika de Jalisco
Estado de México
36 Matlatzinca
37 Nahua del Centro del Estado de Mexico
38 Nahua del Oriente del Estado de Mexico
39 Otomí- Ñatho
40 Otomí- Ñañhú
Michoacán
41 Mazahua
42 Nahua de La Costa de Michoacán
43 Otomí de Michoacán
44 Purépecha
Morelos
45 Nahua de Morelos
Nayarit
46 Náyeri
47 Wixárika de Nayarit
Oaxaca
48 Chinanteco de la Chinantla Alta
49 Chinanteco de la Chinantla Baja
50 Cuicateco
51 Ikoots
52 Mazateco
53 Mixe
54 Ñu Savi de la Costa Chica Oaxaqueña
55 Ñu Savi de la Mixteca Alta Oaxaqueña
56 Ñu Savi de la Mixteca Baja Oaxaqueña
57 Ñu Savi de la Mixteca Media Oaxaqueña
58 Triqui Alta
59 Binnizá de la Sierra Norte
60 Binnizá de la Sierra Sur
61 Binnizá del Istmo
62 Binnizá de Valles Centrales
63 Chontal de Oaxaca
64 Zoque de Chimalapas
Puebla
65 Nahua de la Mixteca Poblana
66 Nahua de la Sierra Norte de Puebla
67 Nahua de los Volcanes Puebla
68 Totonaco de La Sierra Norte de Puebla
Querétaro
69 Otomí- Ñañhú de Amealco y Tolimán
Quintana Roo
70 Maya de Quintana Roo
San Luis Potosí
71 Castellano de Wirikuta
72 Nahua de la Huasteca potosina
Sinaloa
73 Mayo de Sinalóa
Sonora
74 Guarijío
75 Mayo de Sonora
76 Seri
77 Tohono Odham
78 Yaqui
Tabasco
79 Chol
80 Chontal de Tabasco
81 Zoque de Tabasco
Veracruz
82 Nahua de la Huasteca
83 Nahua del sur de Veracruz
84 Nahua de Zongolica
85 Otomí- Ñuhú
86 Popoluca
87 Sayulteco
88 Tepehua del Norte de Veracruz
89 Totonaco de la Costa de Veracruz
90 Totonaco de la Sierra del Totonacapan
Yucatán
91 Maya de Yucatán
Pueblos migrantes
92 Pueblos residentes en el Valle de México
93 Pueblos residentes en Guadalajara


En español:
http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2017/04/02/convocatoria-a-la-asamblea-constitutiva-del-concejo-indigena-de-gobierno-para-mexico/

 

 

 

 

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