Alexandra Narvaez is an indigenous A'i Kofan leader from the Amazonian community Sinangoe. She battled against mining concessions and with her community Sinangoe she won a large victory against the big mining companies that invaded and polluted the Sinangoe territories in the Ecuadorian Amazone. Since this historical history, petroleum and mining companies first need the concession of indigenous communities before they can start extracting, not only in the A’i Kofan territories, but in entire Ecuador.
Portrait of Celia Tapu, an A'i Kofan woman living in Sinangoe, in the northern Ecuadorian Amazone. She is an active member of the indigenous guard monitoring the Sinangoe territory to protect the area from being invaded by illegal miners. "I saw how the rivers died because of the mining companies. I want to protect the rivers and contribute in creating a safe and clean space for my children to grow up." The Sinangoe community has won a historic battle against the mining companies, which not only resulted in their territories being protected but also to a new nation-wide law that indigenous inhabitants need to be informed and give their consent before the mining and petroleum companies can start extracting.