This petition is emitted by the Wixarika People of the three states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Durango, representing the Wixarika Union of these states.
Recalling that the Wixarika People (also known as Huicholes) have, since immemorial time, participated in a pilgrimage to the sacred region of Wirikuta, recreating the long path that our ancestors walked during the fomation of the world to the place where the sun was born in the semi-desert region of Real de Catorce.
Considering that the prayer in Wirikuta is for all living beings on this planet to see their lives protected, so that their ancient Wixarika culture be mantained and not disappear, and so that the keys to their wisdom and the candles of life that give sense to the Wixarika identity be renewed.
Analizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), particularly the accord between Mexico, the United States and Canada deriving in orders such as the Mining Law that have paved the way for their sacred sites in the Desert of Real de Catorce to become the object of 22 concesions granted to the transnational mining company First Majestic Silver, of Canadian origin, totaling 6,326 hectares that encompass their sacred sites.
Considering that the damage would irreversibly affect the springs in which they collect sacred water (by the risk of pollution by cyanide and the drying of large quantities of water that would be used by the mining industry), and will affect 16 population centers in the region.
And evaluating that the mining project of First Majestic Silver violates the rights that they have as a recognized group under Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO); violates the established Management Program for the Protected Ecological Area of Wirikuta that encompasses almost 70% of the mining concession and of which, they, the Wixarika People, are part of the Administrative Council; fails to comply with the accord established by the General Law for the Ecological Balance and Protection of the Enviroment; the Enviromental Law of the state of San Luis Potosi; as well as a sizable quantity of applicable Mexican laws:
WE MANIFEST OUR PROFOUND REJECTION TO THE MINING PROJECT OF TRANSNATIONAL COMPANY FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER IN THE DESERT OF REAL DE CATORCE, being that their sacred sites are a form of patrimony that can not be monetarized and that hold an unquantificable value for them, their children, their grandchildren and all future generations of Wixarika People.
WE DEMAND THAT THE MEXICAN STATE INMEDIATLY IMPLEMENTS EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES THAT LEAD TO THE IMPROVED CONDITIONS OF THE INHABITANTS OF WIRIKUTA, AND THAT THESE BE PRPOPOSALS IN HARMONY WITH THE ENVIROMENT, AND NOT DESTRUCTIVE PROPOSALS SUCH AS THE MINE WHEREBY HUMBLE FARMERS ARE PLACED BETWEEN A ROCK AND HARD PLACE BEING OFFERED WORK IN EXCHANGE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THEIR PATRIMONY
A T E N T A M E N T E
“Por la Reivindicación Integral de Nuestras Comunidades del Pueblo Wixárika”.
Dada en la Cabecera Municipal de Mezquitic, Jalisco
A 23 de Septiembre de 2010
Autoridades Tradicionales y Agrarias del Pueblo Wixárika
Por la comunidad indígena de San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán y su anexo Tuxpan de los municipio de Mezquitic y bolaños, Jalisco.
Santiago López Díaz Mauricio Hernández Castañeda
Gobernador Tradicional de Waut+a Gobernador Tradicional de Tutsipa
Ramón González López
Pte del Comisariado
José Ángel Díaz Serio
Pte del Consejo de Vigilancia
Por la comunidad Indígena de Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlán, municipio de Mezquitic, Jalisco
Jaime Carillo Carrillo Juan Ávila De la Cruz
Gobernador Tradicional Pte del Comisariado
Por la comunidad indígena de Bancos de San Hipólito municipio de Mezquital, Durango
Santos De la Cruz Carrillo
Pte del Comisariado
Por la comunidad indígena de San Andrés Cohamiata municipio de Mezquitic, Jalisco.
Mauricio Montellano De la Cruz
Por la Unión Wixárika de Jalisco, Nayarit y Durango.
Eleuterio De la Cruz Ramírez Jaime Carrillo López
Pte de la Unión Pte del Consejo de Vigilancia
Testigos de Honor
Ramón Bañuelos Bonilla Fredy Medina Sánchez
Pte Municipal de Mezquitic, Jal. Pte Municipal de Huejuquilla, el Alto Jal.
Ing. Guadalupe Flores Flores José de Jesús Navarro Cárdenas
Delegado Estatal de la CDI Jalisco y colima. Visitador de la CEDHJ
Tirzo Navarrete Rodríguez Roberto López López
Director de la CCDI Mezquitic Coordinador Regional de la CEI
Hikuri Neixa. Tzaurixta.San Sebastián, Waut+a. 2006