BOOKING NOW - ‘Plan de Vida’ at the Scottish Parliament
The Misak ‘Life Plan’ – An indigenous approach to community visioning and planning
Tuesday 8th May, 6pm-8pm, The Fleming Room, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
LifeMosaic and Mark Ruskell MSP invites you to this unique opportunity to meet with community leaders from the indigenous Misak people of Colombia, as they tour Scotland to share their experiences of long-term community visioning and planning, and learn about Scotland’s journey towards land reform and community empowerment.
Throughout April and May, Misak leaders Jeremias Tunubala and Liliana Muelas will be visiting communities in Mull, Eigg, Skye and Bute to share their experience of the ‘Plan de Vida’ (Life Plan) – a unique approach developed by the Misak people to help re-envision and take control of their futures. Through this approach the Misak people have successfully reclaimed their land, their futures and their culture against all odds. This event in Holyrood will mark the end of their trip to Scotland, and they will reflect on the synergies between their indigenous approach and the growing community empowerment and land reform movements in Scotland.
The event and tour are organised by LifeMosaic, a Scottish-based charity which works with indigenous peoples around the world to help build the capacity of communities and movements to protect their rights, cultures and territories and to determine their own futures in this rapidly changing world. They produce videos and toolkits for empowerment and critical education, train community organisers and indigenous youth, and support indigenous partner organisations to develop their movement building capacity.
The event is free but spaces are limited. To avoid disappointment please book a space early.
We’d appreciate your support to help make the tour happen. We’re looking to cover a short fall in funding through a crowdfunder - have a look here and contribute if you can!
Other events during the Plan de Vida Scotland tour include:
Tues 24th – Wed 25th April, Isle of Mull, with North-West Mull Community Woodland Company: A series of events to learn from and reflect on the Misak experiences in the context of Mull’s history of clearances and loss, but also at a time when community ownership can bring economic, social and environmental benefits for Ulva, North West Mull, and beyond.
Fri 27th– Sat 28th April, Isle of Eigg, with the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust: Last year Eigg celebrated the 20th anniversary of their community buy-out. This visit will be an exchange sharing the experience of those 20 years, and the Misak experience of regaining their rights, culture and territory.
Wed 2nd May, Camuscross, Isle of Skye with Camuscross and Duisdale Initiative: A workshop on community-led development and an evening Ceilidh.
Thurs 3rd May - Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (Gaelic College), Isle of Skye: Exchanging experiences on cultural revitalisation and the importance of mother tongue language and culture in community-led development.
Fri 4th- Sun 7th May - An Tearman, Isle of Bute, with Centre for Human Ecology: a 3-day in depth residential workshop on Plan de Vida for practitioners and activists.
Tues 8th May, Edinburgh, with Mark Ruskell MSP: an evening at the Scottish Parliament about the Misak Plan de Vida, an exceptional indigenous approach to community visioning and planning.