TIAM was founded to organize action around human rights and the protection of the environment locally, nationally and internationally. They hold trainings, engage in research, promote and enforce through litigation the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Ecuadorian Amazon. TIAM means “maintaining continuity of life to build the future.”
Because TIAM is an Indigenous-led organization, it views questions of human rights and environmental justice through an emancipatory, intercultural, transformative lens that takes power relations into account. TIAM sees the potential for rebirth and continuity in the relationship between societies and the natural world.