Imbabura Runacunapac Jatun Tantanacui
Federación Indígena y Campesina de Imbabura
 (Indidgenous and Peasant Federation of Imbabura)
Otavalo, Ecuador
Who are we?

INRUJTA-FICI is the historic Quichua organization of Imbabura, constituted on May 1, 1974.  Its birth was the result of the historical heritage of thousands of years of cultural construction, discriminatory state policies (? políticas diferenciadas), and more than five hundred years of resistance in the face of colonial and neo-colonial exploitation and oppression of our people.

Since the 1980s, we embarked on a process of re-structuration in order to respond to recent social, economic, and political changes.  Consequently, we have strengthened the National and Provincial Indigenous Movement by developing political proposals that reconcile rural revindications and urban cultural demands.  These effort led to the construction of CONAIE, providing national political representation for the Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador.

FICI President Carmelina Yamberla meets with the governor of Imbabura
Photo Credit: Tony

What are we searching for?

We seek to collect the political experiences and struggles of the Quichua People of Imbabura in an effort to eliminate all the forms of exploitation, oppression, and racial discrimination that we have faced for five centuries.  In their place, we propose the construction of a society that is based in solidarity, community, humanism and the  recognition of and respect for difference.

We propose the construction of a society that maintains the centuries-old heritage of community, that recognized cultural diversity, and that practices inter-cultural relations between all People.  In the process, we will consolidate a pluricultural society that can achieve social equality through real, democratic political and legal representation both in Civil Society and in a Plurinational State.

Meeting of FICI
Photo Credit: Tony

The Symbol of INRUJTA-FICI

Pachacutic is the logo of INRUJTA-FICI.  Framed in blue with a red background, it synthetically represents the SERPENT, PUMA, and CONDOR.

 The blue (or black) is related to the serpent which symbolizes land, fertility, matter, instinct and life.

The red is related to the puma which symbolizes movement, transformation, strength, and the warrior.

Finally, white is the color of the condor which symbolizes liberty, accomplishment, love, peace, and justice.

Project and Work Areas

1. Legal Clinic
-Community mediation
-Legal counseling
-Legal aid throughout legal processes

2. Health (“Jambi Huasi”)
-Alternative medicine, encouraging the use of indigenous and occidental treatments
-Proposal for changing state health policies

3. Political Organization
-Strengthen the Communal Governments and Institutions
-Encourage efforts to reclaim what is ours in all areas

4. Culture
-Rescue and strengthen the cultural identity of the Quichua People

5. Environment and Ecology
-Support and participate in the integrated management of natural resources

6. International Relations
-International organizations (UN, OAS, ILO, UNESCO, UE, UNFPA)
-Non-governmental organizations (WWF, CMI, OPS, OIDEL)
-Indigenous Organizations (ONIC-Colombia, CONIVE-Venezuela, ANIPA-Mexico, COLAB-Brazil, COMPMAGUA-Guatemala, TAIRONA-Colombia, CDTT-Mapuche-Chile.)

 Diputada Nacional and Segunda Vice-Presidente del Congreso Nacional, Nina Pacari
meeting with FICI leaders
Photo Credit: Willy Coronel Campos

Interview with Carmen Yamberla, President of FICI

Translated from  FICI Pamphlet by Tony