José Sebastián Jansasoy - Colombia

JOSÉ SEBASTIÁN JANSASOY was born in Villagarzón, Putumayo, Colombia on June, 30, 1961. He belongs to the INGA Ethnical group. He carried out his primary studies in the Rural school in Puerto Asís and Bachelor’s degree in “Normal Superior” of Sibundoy (in course). Mr. Jansasoy has been studying Indigenous Traditional Medicine for 25 years with the Cofan, Siona and Inga Indigenous Peoples and for the past 10 years with Taita Querubin Queta Alvarado, Maximum Authority of the Cofan People. He has assisted to the following courses, seminars, workshops and scholarships:

• Human Rights and on The Right for Education, Summer University. Geneve, Switzerland.
• Diploma on formulation and evaluation of environmental projects. National University of Colombia.
• Communitarian Development
• Indigenous Legislation
• Social Projects Management
• Social and environmental planning
• Territorial Ordering
• Public Health
• Resolving of conflicts


Mr. Jansasoy’s work experience can be summarized as follows:
He has been the Executive Director of FUNDACIÓN ZIO-A’I “UNIÓN DE SABIDURÍA” since 1995, responsible for the Direction and Organizational Development of the organization, following up projects for indigenous communities; supervising management of indigenous proposals and projects at a national and international level. He as been the Adviser and traditional counselor to the COFAN PEOPLES PERMANENT WORKING TABLE from 1998 to 2003 for the elaboration and management of the Cofan People’s Life Plan. He has participated in international meetings in Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and the United States. He gave a lecture at the Amazonian Medicinal Plants Congress in Hervora - Verona – Italy in 1997. Participated in the Human Rights meeting in the University of Seattle in the United States. He was the adviser to the Senator Gabriel Muyuy from 1991-1992 and the National Treasurer of ONIC – Indigenous National Organization of Colombia from 1990-1991. He has been the adviser to the Investment Plan for Indigenous Peoples in Putumayo since 1990. From 1988 to 1990 he has been the General Secretary of the Zonal Indigenous Organization of Putumayo.


• Working group for Indigenous Peoples and their right for developing. United Nation’s Office, Geneve, Switzerland, July 23 - 27 / 2001.
• Lecturer about the impacts of fumigation in the erradication of ilicit coca crops as part of the Plan Colombia. Amazon Alliance, Seattle – United States. April 19 - 24 / 2001.
• Special guest for the seminar “Comerce, intelectual property and biological and genetic resources for Latin America”. Cusco Perú. February 22 - 23 / 2001.
• Guest for the Experts Meeting about Tradicional Knowledge. UNCTAD October - November 03/2000. Geneve – Switzerland.
• Internatinal Encounter for Peace, Human Rights and Internacional Humanitarian Right. San José de Costa Rica – October 2000.
• Indigenous Peoples World Consultation in Health Politics. World Health Organization. Geneve, Switzerland, November 1999.
• Advisorty for the strengthning of communitarian organizations. Bolivia, Aimara community. November 1999.
• Harverd University: Activity for Hydrocarbon Explotation in Indigenous Territories. Miami, USA, Octubre 1999
• Preparatory meeting for the Biodiversity Convention on the 8J article> consulting indigenous communities. WATU Indigenous Action. Sevilla - Spain 1999.
• World Nation’s Encounter for the Biodiversity Convention. General Secretary United Nations. Nairobi – Africa, November 1999.


Co-author of Life Plan of the Cofan People and the Indigenous Town Councils of the Guamuez and San Miguel Valley’s.


"Cultural and Spiritual Recovery of Indigenous People
in Colombia as a Positive Effect for Peace"