In 2013, with funding from the Mexican government’s Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo Social (INDESOL), PSYDEH educated citizens on a new state law on indigenous rights and culture, local health issues and responsibilities and opportunities that come with such rights and laws.
Then, we explored how development plans
(1) are formulated by government without consulting local communities and
(2) are neither long term focused, nor
(3) protective of watersheds, flora and fauna. Moreover,
(4) there is suspect information on citizen access to quality health care and no civil society structure for government and the private sector to secure free prior and informed consent (FPIC) from citizens before engaging in mining, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) or other resource extraction projects on communal and indigenous lands.
In this context, indigenous citizens voted to build their own rights-based movement towards sustainable development, beginning with the creation of regional citizen organization. Moreover, PSYDEH produced a five chapter-book with foreword by Damon Taylor, Senior Advisor, PSYDEH, highlighting field research on indigenous wisdom on rights-based organizing:
(1) why indigenous communities use the term “elderly” and not “older adults,”
(2) human rights and indigenous communities,
(3) the need for a permanent indigenous rights program in the Otomi-Tepehua region,
(4) intergenerational indigenous wisdom on using rights for community development, and
(5) PSYDEH’s program proposal for subsequent work.
For more information, see our multiple 2013 work promotional videos.