In 2005, Evo Morales was elected as the first Indigenous President of Bolivia. As mandated by the people, he promised to alter the traditional political class and to empower the nation’s poor, mainly the indigenous majority. Through the election of a national constituent assembly, the people of Bolivia set about rewriting the country’s constitution. In January of 2009, Bolivians held a national referendum and passed a new constitution which refounded the nation. This resulted in the creation of a plurinational state, recognizing the autonomy of its diverse population. One of the key components of the new constitution was a vote for indigenous autonomy.
On December 6 of 2009 Bolivians will head to the polls to elect a President. In conjunction, Afro and Indigenous communities will vote for their own autonomy. Activists from Toronto Bolivian Solidarity are in Bolivia for these historical events. The activists will document the Presidential elections and travel to communities partaking in the vote for autonomy.
These profound events will be captured in a video. If you would like further information on the events taking place in