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Missed compromise detail

Rick Kearns’ article [“Indigenous languages added to new Ecuadorian constitution,” Vol. 28, Iss. 12] on [the languages] Kichwa and Shuar in the proposed Ecuadorian constitution does not accurately reflect the compromise nature of the agreement. The demand of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) was for Kichwa to be declared a co-official language alongside Spanish. President Rafael Correa blocked that move and, in a compromise, Shuar and Kichwa were declared “official languages of intercultural relation” – and no one knows exactly what that means.

The indigenous movement perceives this provision as a compromise, not a total victory.

– Daniel Denvir
Quito, Ecuador