Friday, August 11, 2017. Wednesday August ninth was observed as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
It also marked the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
To mark these two important events, the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, SATIIM, held a groundbreaking event of their own.
A ceremony was held to mark the launching the Maya Lands Registry.
PGTV was there and spoke with some of the people on the ground who played a major role in bringing this to fruition, including the Executive Director of SATIIM Froyla Tzalam.
According to SATIIM, Crique Sarco was the first Maya community to ask for the organization’s assistance to prepare for the legal mechanism specified in the landmark ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice.
SATIIM and Crique Sarco developed a Mayan model that identified traditional territorial boundaries and resolved boundary conflicts.
The maps are the initial entry in the listing of customary land usage and boundary markers that will be collected in the Maya Land Registry.