With the world’s supply of natural resources increasingly depleted or polluted, the carefully protected repository on indigenous lands is now a target of big business. Globalization has increased the risks for indigenous peoples living on lands that contain such strategic resources as water, oil, gas, forests, minerals, and biodiversity. All this - not to mention knowledge, plants, animals, and human genetic information - are subject to privatization by government and to sale on the stock market.
Indigenous Territory & Resource Rights
By Robert A. Vigna
Cross-posted from Grassroots International
Originally posted on May 6, 2016
April has been an exceptional month for Indigenous groups in Brazil.
On April 19th, which happens to be Indigenous people’s day in Brazil, Ibama, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, suspended the license of one of the biggest hydroelectric dam projects in Brazil, São Luiz do Tapajós in the Amazon, which was to be started this year. The company building the dam was planning on flooding about 7% of the Mundruku peoples land, which would be unconstitutional once the indigenous status of land is confirmed.
"People of the World: Intensify the Struggle" Declaration of the International Summit in Honor of Berta Cáceres
Reposted from Honduras Resists
April 17, 2016
Final Statement of the Berta Cáceres Lives International Peoples' Summit
Photo: Giorgio Trucchi
Reposted from COPINH
Reposted from Yes! Magazine
Originally Shared on February 12, 2015
By David Goodman
Nina Gualinga, Sarayaku resident and international activist on indigenous rights, traveling on the Bobonaza River, Sarayaku, Ecuador. Photo by Caroline Bennett / Amazon Watch.
Patricia Gualinga stands serenely as chaos swirls about her. I find this petite woman with striking black and red face paint at the head of the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. She is adorned with earrings made of brilliant bird feathers and a thick necklace of yellow and blue beads. She has come here from Sarayaku, a community deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.
Reposted from Feministing
Originally Shared in December 2015
By Juliana Britto Schwartz
When children in the United States learn about the transatlantic slave trade, they rarely hear stories of revolt or resilience in the face of violence and cultural erasure. The Garifuna are such a people
An update from COPINH:
HOY COPINH SE MOVILIZA NUEVAMENTE EN RECHAZO AL PROYECTO HIDROELÉCTRICO AGUA ZARCA.
¡HOY nos movilizamos frente a la Alcaldía de San Francisco de Ojuera y al segundo Plantel del Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Agua Zarza que amenaza el Río Gualcarque!