28 October 2014
Luzon IP Youth Launch SIKLAB
Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, BAGUIO CITY –SIKLAB, a national indigenous youth movement that aims to strengthen indigenous people’s (IP) struggles for land, life, resources and self-determination from the grassroots up to the national level, was successfully launched during the Luzon-wide Indigenous Youth Gathering held on October 24-26, 2014 at Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary in Baguio City. Sixty (60) indigenous youth from different communities and schools in the Cordillera, Ilocos, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog regions participated in the event, which was jointly organized by the Philippines Task Force for Indigenous Peoples' Rights (TFIP), Cordillera Youth Center (CYC) and the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN).
The Fervor of IP youth
The youth gathering culminated in the signing of a declaration of unity, wherein the participants resolved to advance and fight for their rights and interests. The declaration identified the injustices, discrimination and oppression experienced by IPs, including the sell-out by the government of their patrimony to big transnational corporations that plunder their resources through “developmental projects.”