In October 2019, the indigenous communities in Ecuador were faced with one of the most repressive attacks by the Ecuadorian government, leading to the second largest indigenous uprising in Ecuadorian history.
Nearly twenty thousand indigenous families (including women, elders and children) peacefully marched towards the capital, Quito, demanding economic reform and the continuation of fuel subsidies. For 11 days, they were met with unprecedented violence leaving a death toll of 9 and over 1000 people injured.
As the violence increased, Ecuadorian society was reminded of the people that are and have been at the frontlines of resistance. These protests served as a catalysts for many indigenous youth to re-asses and learn from the victories and failures of the indigenous movement and move forward in protecting the rights of our communities, protecting mother nature and where opportunities are distributed equally.