The Grand Council of the Crees

The Passing of Augusto Williamson Diaz

Posted: 2014-12-15

Last Friday, December 12, Augusto Williamson Diaz passed away in Guatamala. Augusto was well respected among those involved in the advocacy of human and indigenous rights in the late 1980's and 1990's. A visionary and powerful spiritual force, Augusto fought for the rights of all indigenous peoples internationally at the United Nations by bringing indigenous rights to the forefront .

"I felt it was particularly important that indigenous peoples’ specific collective way of viewing the cosmos and themselves, their different world view, should be respected, in particular in relation to respect for Mother Earth and nature, which is of vital importance to them."

Augusto Williamson Diaz, "Making the Declaration Work The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples"

Former Grand Chief Ted Moses remembered him fondly, "He was very knowledgeable about the functioning of the UN system. The late Bob Epstein and I worked in consultation with him and had many occasions to meet and share our thoughts. He was notably known for writing the United Nations COBO report on the rights of Indigenous Peoples."