Boric’s Outreach to Chile’s Mapuche Has Hit Some Roadblocks

A Mapuche Indigenous woman protests against then-Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 4, 2021 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).
A Mapuche Indigenous woman protests against then-Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 4, 2021 (AP photo by Esteban Felix).
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Chile’s recently inaugurated president, Gabriel Boric, campaigned on a platform emphasizing urgent reforms to shore up social rights in Chile, particularly health care, education and pensions, all of which were a focus of the protests that erupted across the country in October 2019. He also emphasized the need to establish a new relationship with Chile’s historically marginalized and oppressed Indigenous peoples, which represent around 12 percent of the country’s population. But to do so, he will have to overcome formidable obstacles, including the daunting prospects facing the Constitutional Convention that is currently drafting a new constitution which is central to […]

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