The first four speakers were from indigenous peoples, one from the North, Rodney Bordeaux, a Lakota-Sioux from South Dakota where Jesuits have been active for a very long time, the other three from the Brazilian Amazon, Ednamar de Oliveira, Francisco Chagas and Dona Zenilda. All stressed the importance of the land and the struggles against the loss of their territories to international companies that exploit Amazonia without taking into account the rights and values of the peoples who have lived there for so long. Everyone stressed the importance of being supported in their struggles by all those who are aware of the situations of injustice that have been done to them and that these peoples continue to suffer. The testimonies highlighted what we have in common, in the North and in the South, at the heart of the struggles that unite us across borders.
Many references to God, and in particular to the God of creation, were part of the narratives of the Aboriginal speakers. Some interventions included a moment of prayer. The positive involvement of the Catholic Church in the Amazon was recognized, as was the important role played by Pope Francis in allowing the cry of the poor to be heard.