Through a partnership between the Fraternity – International Humanitarian Federation (FFHI) and the Insikiran Institute of Indigenous Higher Training of the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR) and the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), a course is being offered on Human Rights for the Indigenous Leadership coming from different parts of Venezuela.

The first module of the course presented a 15-hour curriculum and had the participation of 33 natives from the Janokoida and Pintolândia Shelters, and the new shelter under the management of the Humanitarian Fraternity (FFHI), the Jardim Floresta Shelter.

Initially designed to take place in a face-to-face format, it had to be adapted to a virtual form due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Friar Luciano, general manager of the Humanitarian Fraternity (FFHI), highlights the importance of this training, so that indigenous people may acquire knowledge about their rights and duties in the process of insertion into Brazilian society, and so they may participate in decisions about their future.

In this first module, interdisciplinary contextual topics were addressed that bring together the different elements to get to know the indigenous theme, particularly in Brazil, and especially in Roraima.

Among these subjects, the following stand out: Notions of Human and Fundamental Rights, International Migration and Refuge, and an overview of the main Brazilian indigenous and indigenist institutions.

Leane, indigenous refugee of the Warao tribe, indicates the training as a great opportunity so that they can all gradually take on their responsibilities. “The subject of Human Rights is fundamental, because it is about the natural rights of each human being: the right to life, equality, non-discrimination, education; human rights that should not be lacking in any place,” she emphasizes.