This institute was founded in 1994 and has been one of the most important and prestigious institutions at the regional, national and international level for the study of intercultural processes and the promotion of indigenous peoples in general and particularly the Mapuche people in Chile.
Its mission is to contribute to the transformation of intercultural relations through teaching, research, outreach, community engagement and postgraduate programs.
The institute played a fundamental role in the development of teaching, being a space for training in areas like interculturality, law, Convention 169 and Mapudungun. Besides, it developed a workingline in pursuit of the incidence in public policies in the context of diversity and interculturality, as well as in works of lines of memory and currently of migrants.
Natalia Caniguan Velarde