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> Dear Friends,
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> I hope you will try and help Judy and her husband Bepgogoti Kiapo as much as you can with what they are trying to do for the Kayapo People of Brazil.
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> Here’s a bit about the Kayapo and the imminent destruction of the Xingu River they depend on to live:
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> Links to Xingu River Situation:
> http://intercontinentalcry.org/?s=Xingu
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> Links to Kayapo Situation:
> http://intercontinentalcry.org/?s=Kayapo
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> Link to a bit of information about the Great Chief Raoni Metuktire who will visit Canada if people help out:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raoni_Metuktire
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> He and I became friends when he visited Grassy Narrows and I told him I would try and help the Kayapo as much as I was able. Please Help.
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> For Land and Life,
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> John H.W. Hummel
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> Nelson, B.C. Canada
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> Letter from Judy Dasilva of Grassy Narrows:
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> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: "Judith Da Silva" < [email protected] >
> To: [email protected]
> Cc: "bepgogotikaiapo" < [email protected] >, "Susanne McCrae" < [email protected] >, "John" < [email protected] >
> Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 1:34:08 PM
> Subject: Kayapo Tour 2012 to Canada
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> Dear Friends of the Mother Earth
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> I was given your email address by one of our strongest advocates John Hummel of Nelson BC.
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> The reason I am writing to you is to request any kind of assistance you can give us to bring the Kayapo's up to Canada asap to go on an initial quick tour to create awareness about the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil and how it will affect them.
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> I feel the Kayapos and the other indigenous peoples along the Xingu need to know we are aware of their situation and we are willing to listen to their voices. I won't keep you too long, but below is the information for you to read over quickly and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to email.
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> Also, if you cannot help, please forward this email to someone that might want to help.
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> I sincerely thank you for your time in reading this letter.
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> Purpose of my wanting to bring the Kayapos up:
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> I have been hearing about the Belo Monte Dam getting built on the Xingu river in the amazon for a couple of years now through the internet; either passed on emails, or Facebook information things.
> Also my husband Bepgogoti Kaiapo has been explaining things to me.
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> Finally after 2 years, i have had this idea of bringing in the Kayapo’s, but I felt like time was going by as I saw photos of the amazon indigenous peoples occupying the dam site. so i started researching via internet and saw heartfelt messages from the people from there saying "stop Belo Monte" and how government is going ahead with it.
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> i felt the urgency and am trying to bring the Kayapo’s up either September or O ctober 2012 to Toronto Area. There is a small Toronto group organized to help the Kayapo’s tour the Toronto area; Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, Toronto, Mississauga etc...I am not sure of the exact cities. but we are trying to create awareness with this visit to the larger Canadian society and also hopefully pull their heartstrings by saying "this is the earth's lungs at jeopardy" and the future oxygen of little children still unborn....how will we feel if we do not do anything!!!
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> Basic thought line:
> Bring the Kayapo’s to Canada to share firsthand how the building of the dam will gravely hurt their people and environment
> Expose Canadians to this issue and ask the question if Canada is involved in this Belo Monte dam venture
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> Solutions/Ideas: for short term action oriented goals from Canadians
> Long term action oriented goals for Canadians
> Perhaps from this first visit, we can do a better organized tour for other Amazonian indigenous nations in the spring time before universities let out (March, or A pril 2013 )
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> Fly the Kayapo’s to Toronto;
> Toronto organizers will take them to the billeting home
> Let them rest 1 day and meet the organizers, translators, hosts
> start the tour in the Toronto area
> close off tour with big dinner with hosts organizers translators
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> Fly to Winnipeg,
> Winnipeg organizers will take them to the billeting home
> Let them rest 1 day and meet the organizers, translators, hosts
> start the tour in the Winnipeg area
> close off tour with big dinner with hosts organizers translators
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> Fly back to Brazil
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> The Kayapos want this tour to take place over a 14 Day period
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> We have the University of Manitoba professors writing a letter of invitation to them with the Official letterhead, so the Kayapo’s can get their tourist visas.
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> We have confirmed:
> Bemoro Metuktire
> Raoni Metuktire
> Maialu Txukarramae
> Patxon Metuktire
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> of Capoto Village of the Kayapo nation near Colider Mato Grosso State Brazil
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> We need $15,000.00 for their travel from their home community to Sao Paulo, Brazil to Toronto, Ontario return.
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> Please make any donations payable to ( make sure to indicate it is for the Kayapo Tour 2012 )
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> Boreal Forest Network
> 2h – 91 Albert Street
> Winnipeg, MB
> R3B 1G5
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> Phone: +1-204-297-0321
> Email: [email protected]

 

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