This Community in Ecuador Is Defending Ancestral Territory from Invading Gold Miners

Faced with the imminent threat of large-scale gold mining operations in their ancestral territory, the A’I Kofán community of Sinangoe is taking the defense of their rivers and forests into their own hands.

A powerful video produced by Amazon Frontlines gives an up-close look at how the A’I Kofán are organizing and building out high-tech monitoring plans, legal strategies and media campaigns to denounce this new wave of gold mining in the Amazon rainforest.

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Sinangoe: Defending A'i Kofan Ancestral Territory from Amazon Frontlines on Vimeo.

For more information about the A’I Kofán of Sinangoe’s struggle to defend their land, check out a recent investigative story published in the Guardian and visit to sign a pledge to support this indigenous community standing up against illegal mining.


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