The native peoples that have inhabited the territory of what we know today as Argentina have historically been subjected to a process of alienation, invisibilization, exploitation and extermination, expressed under the effects of various forms, some of which still persist today.
In our recent history, the nation was built on the idea of the “non-existence” of native peoples, promoting the misunderstanding of a white and European state that denies our multiculturalism.
During the last decade of the twentieth century, native peoples have achieved constitutional recognition, the incorporation of international treaties and a set of laws in favor of their rights. Even though these regulations are in force, we observe a deficient or non-existent implementation of these mandates, implying that these peoples’ rights are not realized.
The native peoples still fight for their territories and their identity to be acknowledged, for a bilingual and intercultural education, for access to health care, and for the realization of all their rights. Ultimately, they fight to be acknowledged as a people.
However, this struggle is systematically invisibilized or stigmatized for society as a whole.