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Achuar indigenous community visits Canada to talk to opposition MPs about their concerns over planned Talisman drilling in Peruvian Amazon

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26 April 2012

They’ve come a long way to protect their Amazon home [Canada]

Author: Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen

...Achuar have in their sightlines Canadian energy giant Talisman Energy, which is doing exploratory drilling in their territory without full community support, they say...Talisman continues to state that it only operates where it has local community support and consent and says it has agreements with federations representing 66 communities in Peru. And they say the indigenous leaders visiting Canada don’t represent all Achuar people, but a federation “that groups a number of communities who do not want to see oil exploration in their lands — and we respect that.” The indigenous leaders visiting Canada, meanwhile, say Talisman has the approval of only a handful of communities, not the majority, and that it is using corporate social responsibility measures to pit communities against each other and spark conflict.

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Author: Center Indigenous for the Sustainable Development, CINDES

Una delegación de líderes indígenas…[achuar] estará…en Canadá para intentar frenar los planes de explotación de la petrolera Talisman Energy…puesto que pone en riesgo la supervivencia de su cultura…[mediante sus] actividades de exploración en el territorio achuar de la provincia Datem del Marañón, región Loreto, desde el 2004…[y] en el Complejo de Humedales del Río Pastaza…uno de los ecosistemas acuáticos más productivos en la selva amazónica. Los achuares denunciaron también los intentos de Talisman de dividir sus organizaciones representativas indígenas con el fin de lograr una ficticia aprobación de su proyecto petrolero entre la población…

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