Oaxaca/National: Federal Government Presents National Program for Indigenous Peoples


On December 21st, in the City of Oaxaca and accompanied by the governor of the state, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented the National Program of Indigenous Peoples 2018-2024, which “has as its general objective to promote and guarantee the development and integral welfare of the indigenous and Afro-Mexican peoples as subjects of public law; for the effective exercise of their rights, the sustainable use of their lands, territories and natural resources, as well as the strengthening of their autonomies, cultural institutions and identities.” He announced that social programs for these sectors will be a priority for his government, including that of Youth Building the Future, which will benefit all those who are unemployed, with a support of 3,600 pesos per month; and that of the scholarships, which will give preference to students belonging to these groups. He reiterated that 100 new public universities will be created, most of them in indigenous regions, while assistance for older adults from indigenous and Afro-Mexican communities will be from 65 years of age. He emphasized that these supports will be made directly by card. In addition, he said that a constitutional and diverse legal reform will be continued “to put our national legal framework in line with the progress these rights have made at the international level.”

For his part, the general director of the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI in its Spanish acronym), Adelfo Regino Montes, emphasized that the program presented has the fundamental purpose of laying the foundations to build a new relationship between the Mexican State and the indigenous and Afro-Mexican peoples. He stressed that the institution under his charge will give direct attention to this population with the creation and strengthening of 133 coordinating centers of indigenous peoples.

For more information in Spanish:

Presentación del Programa Nacional de los Pueblos Indígenas (Video: Aristegui Noticias, 21 de diciembre de 2018)

Programa Nacional de los Pueblos Indígenas 2018-2024. México (documento completo, Gobierno de México, 21 de diciembre de 2018)

Programas sociales para población indígena, prioridad en mi gobierno: AMLO (El Universal, 21 de diciembre de 2018)

Sobre el Programa Nacional de Pueblos Indígenas (El Sur, 28 de diciembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: Consultations on National Institute for Indigenous Peoples to Begin
(November 7th, 2018)

Nacional : AMLO anuncia estructura y responsable de asuntos indígenas en su gobierno (18 de agosto de 2018)

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