CALL FOR INDIGENOUS CO-MANAGEMENT OF QUILMES RUINS, ARGENTINA
The World Archaeological Congress supports the Indigenous community of Quilmes regarding the protection and management of the sacred site known as Quilmes’ Ruins.
“The Indigenous people of Quilmes have a right to be involved in the management of their cultural heritage,” said Professor Claire Smith, President of the World Archaeological Congress. “The World Archaeological Congress acknowledges and recognises Indigenous methodologies for interpreting, curating, managing and protecting Indigenous cultural heritage.”
“We need to respect the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
A group of Indigenous people from around the world attended the Sixth World Archaeological Congress, held in Dublin, Ireland, over the last week.
This resolution was passed unanimously at the Plenary session of this Congress.
The World Archaeological Congress acknowledges and recognises Indigenous methodologies for interpreting, curating, managing and protecting Indigenous cultural heritage.
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The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization and is the only elected international body of practising archaeologists. WAC holds an international congress every four years to promote the exchange of the results of archaeological research; professional training and public education for disadvantaged nations, groups and communities; the empowerment and betterment of Indigenous groups and First Nations peoples; and the conservation of archaeological sites.
The Sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6) was held from 29th June—4th July at the University College Dublin. This was the first World Archaeological Congress to be held in Ireland. It was attended by over 1,800 archaeologists, native peoples and international scholars from 74 nations. Motions from the Plenary session of the Congress were considered by subsequent meetings of the World Archaeological Congress Council and Executive.
The Congress Patron for WAC-6 was President Mary McAleese. Previous Congress Patrons include Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela.