National Coordination of Indigenous Peoples and Campesinos (CONIC)

Guatemala’s National Coordination of Indigenous Peoples and Campesinos (CONIC), was established to promote sustainable livelihoods and community-led development for indigenous peoples across Guatemala.

CONIC prioritizes:

  •  Building grassroots power to win rights to land, water and food for the indigenous people of Guatemala, including redistributing excessive land holdings and returning communal lands to their traditional owners;
  • Launching a model of rural development and land reform based on the Mayan cosmology;

  • Promoting citizen participation and local power in the countryside;

  • Holding the government accountable for fulfilling the nation’s land reform laws and the promises of the 1994-1996 peace agreements following the long civil war.

Despite violent repression -- including the murder of its president and  his wife -- CONIC insists that Guatemalan indigenous people ought to be able to live in peace, with their basic human rights and livelihoods protected.

Through the Presente Fund Grassroots funded the CONIC in 2006 to support leadership development and training.