Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Venezuela Ambassador to meet with Alaskan Indigenous


Alaska Inter-Tribal Council is pleased to announce an opportunity for everyone to meet with the Venezuela Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez.
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Friday, October 30, 2009,
10 am - 12 noon
University of Alaska Anchorage
Integrated Science Building Room 120
Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela’s ambassador to the U.S., will travel to Alaska on October 28-30, 2009 to strengthen relations with the state’s indigenous tribes and promote cultural, commercial and academic links between the U.S. and Venezuela.
During his trip to Alaska, Ambassador Alvarez will meet with elected officials, speak to students and faculty at the University of Alaska and participate in some media interviews. He will also meet with the executive leadership of the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council and speak to a number of tribal chiefs that have benefited from a discounted heating oil program sponsored by the CITGO Corporation, which is owned by Venezuela’s state oil company. Since 2007, low-income Alaskans -- primarily members of the state’s indigenous tribes – have been eligible for the program.
Ambassador Alvarez’s visit will mark his first trip to Alaska since returning to his post in June 2009. In September 2008, Ambassador Alvarez left the U.S. during a diplomatic dispute; his return earlier this year marked the first time in U.S. diplomatic history that an ambassador has been allowed to return to his post.
Since being appointed as Venezuela’s top envoy to the U.S. in 2003, Ambassador Alvarez has traveled to a number of states promoting people-to-people ties based on culture, commerce, energy and sports. Prior to serving in Washington, Ambassador Alvarez occupied a number of posts in Venezuela’s Ministry of Energy and Mines, where he focused on the country’s oil industry.

2 comments:

akbigvillage@gmail.com said...

Alaska's Big Village Network welcomes Honorable Ambassador Roberto Alvarez of Venezuela to Anchorage, Alaska.


International and Tribal scrutiny can help to enhance a critically constructive focus on the necessity for respecting INDIGENOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ; and, traditional and customary subsistence cultural traditions in the great land of Alaska.

Indigenous peoples in rural villages  and urban Alaska ( the BIG VILLAGES) are issuing gratitude and
 honor for the Venezuelan program that relieves stress of paying for 100 gallons of heating oil; particularly, as the rural peoples in Alaska  are faced with the nation’s highest oil and  gas prices. Indigenous peoples are looking for other solutions in this extremely oil rich State of Alaska that has exported billions of dollars a year in oil and gas
 revenues from rural Alaska.

Tribal Governments and Indigenous Peoples are developing international leadership opportunities to expand participation in global  democratic
 processes to improve living conditions and to promote cultural, commercial and
academic links with Venezuela. 

Engaging in constructive international dialog with Venezuela is important for the development of indigenous nations in Alaska that are living in an oppressive political state.  State laws and policies have restricted basic human access to food, language and shelter.

Many Tribal governments of Alaska support the democratically elected Venezuelan government and the peaceful civil engagement of  participation to exercise more control over their own affairs ; including, landownership, access to education, job training and reduction of poverty. In Alaska, corrupt public officials and resource development companies are continuing to create impoverished conditions in rural indigenous communities.

Elected President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela  and his government are expanding democracy and development that places emphasis on social justice,
 participatory democracy and multi-polarity; particularly, addressing the historical frustration of exclusion of peoples from development and decision making processes.


Alaska's Big Village Network mission statement is to create communities of inclusion between indigenous and non-indigenous communities to heal the mental, social, physical and spiritual environment for all humanity.

Alaska's Big Village Network
e-mail: akbigvillage@gmail.com

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