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The Intercultural Education Project carried out by the Williche Council of Chiefs presents diverse reports regarding gender equality, access to education, and the health of the Williche people of Chiloe.

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A fruitful talking session regarding intercultural relationships, the right to education and to health in the territory of Chiloe took place in the IX Chilean Anthropology Congress in Castro, along with members of the academic team of the Wekimün School.

The activity took place between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM on the 14th of January 2017, and brought together various reflections on the intersection of the thinking and practical discipline of anthropology from the Latin American point of view, and the construction of local communities that are constantly transforming due to the current challenges they all encounter.

During this session, the team was led by Manuel Muñoz Millalonco, anthropologist and academic director of Wekimün Chilkatuwe. He presented the 33rd symposium called “Intercultural Relationships and the Right to Education, Health and Territory in Chiloe” that incorporated a presentation by lawyer Ana María Olivera “the Exercise of Interculturality as a Means for the Effective Concretion of the Human Right to Education”; a report by anthropologist Soledad Naranjo “The Access to Education with Sociocultural Relevance Constructed with a Focus on Gender in the Williche Council of Chiefs of Chiloe”; a report by forestry engineer Pablo Aránguiz “Interculturality in Education: a Path Towards the Conservation and Development of Williche Biocultural Heritage” and a report by the anthropologist Manuel Muñoz Millalonco “Intercultural Relationships in Health: from Attention to Training in Complementary Health”.

Additionally, during the symposium the co-leader of the Wekimün project Dr. Kate Tilleczek, Dr. Ron Srigley and Williche language professor from Wekimün Cristian Sandoval presented the following talks: “The Possibility of Wekimün: Intercultural Understanding in the Global Context: and “Young Anthropologists? Intercultural Education for, with and by Youth”.

Manuel Muñoz outlined the activity and specified that “through the teachers' presentations, the team was able to share the Wekimün experience in the context of an observation of the cultural and institutional reality of Chile and Chiloe, while also bringing together academics from the University of Valparaiso, the Urbania University and consultant-researchers (CEPAL) connected on a national level to the epidemiological reality of the indigenous people”.

Muñoz Millalonco added that “in the context of the current situation, it was evident that the Wekimün experience, in addition to being a pioneer in its field, is tending to the fundamental aspects related to the right to education and the gap that exists in Chile between the present access and the fundamental right that indigenous people have to services related to their quality of life”.

Finally, he maintained that “making Wekimün an experience that supports both pedagogical practises and values the Williche worldview" has also permitted the discussion and reflexion upon the relationship and contradictions that the paradigm of interculturality presents at the time of either confronting it or entering in to a dialogue with modernity and science, which by the way, presents new challenges for academics working in this field”.

Throughout the talking activities presented by Wekimün, other collaborators of the project also took part, adding the presentations of anthropologist Malva Marina Pedrero (“The Politics of Intercultural Health in Chile: an Instrument to Guarantee the Rights of the Indigenous People or Functional Mechanism for Expanding the Comprehensive State Response to the Persistence of Inequalities that Affect Them?”), the priest and Italian anthropologist Dr. Luca Pandolfi (“Sharing Subjectivity: Collaborative Anthropology in Chiloe”) and the doctor Aníbal Vivaceta de la Fuente (“Redefining the Relationship with the State through a Paradigmatic Change in the Management of Data/Information”).

Written by Comunicaciones Wekimün

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