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Aida Quilque is an indigenous leader from the Cauca Department. She was one of the main councilors of the Consejo Regional Indigena del Cauca (CRIC). Her work has focused on strengthening the lives of indigenous people; campaigning for their constitutional, economic, social and cultural rights; and to strengthen the autonomy of their communities.

During 2008 Quilque was key in the organisation of the National Minga, a pacific demonstration in which over 45,000 indigenous people in Cauca and Valle del Cauca gathered and marched to their capital cities. They aimed at raising awareness about human rights and their situation and standing in Colombia. They also drew attention to the impact the Free Trade Agreement has had on their communities.