July 30, 2021

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Postgraduate Indigenous Education Abroad: Meet the President of the Chilean Constituent Assembly, Elisa Lawson The world

Born in Mapuche Castle, Triguan, south of Lansan, La Araucania, he spent most of his childhood in the Lefweluan community, where large sections of his family live. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Paz, he said he traveled eight kilometers to get to school, usually by cattle.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University de la Frontera in La Arcania, and a postgraduate degree from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and the University of Regina in Canada.

In addition, he holds a PhD in Humanities from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a PhD in Literature from the University of Catalina de Chile in Pontifia.

Eliza Lonson, President of the Constitutional Conference of Chile, during her first session after being elected to office, in Santiago on Sunday (4) – Photo: Javier Torres / AFP

Mapuse, Lonsan represents the largest tribe in Chile, and was elected to one of the 175 seats reserved for indigenous people in the 155-member Constituent Assembly.

All ethnic groups were included, seven representatives of the Mapuch people, two Aymaras and one from each: Gavaskar, Rabanuy, Yagan, Keshua, Atacameno, Diaguida, Kolla and Sango.

After being elected president of the convention in a second ballot, with 96 votes out of 155, Lonson thanked her by clenching her fist above her head and pointing to the achievement of a tribal woman.

“(I would like to thank a Mapuche man for changing the history of this country, for the support of the different alliances who gave their confidence in the Mapuche nation’s call to vote for a woman and kept their dreams alive,” he said. .

The new Chilean constitution will transform the current one – originally drafted by a small commission during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) into an institutional replacement for the crisis that provoked the October 2019 October waves, seeking greater equality rights and social welfare.

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