Indigenous federation ORPIO delivered a letter this week to Peru’s Energy and Mines Minister Lucía Cayetana Aljovín Gazzani, requesting that two oil concessions in the Amazon are annulled. Photograph: Peru’s Energy and Mines Ministry Indigenous leaders say operations in the remote Amazon violate rights and risk fatal epidemics
October 6, 2017 — There are more indigenous peoples living in “isolation” in Peru than any country in the world except Brazil. All live in the Amazon – the majority in poorly-protected reserves, or areas where reserves have been proposed but never established, or “protected natural areas” such as national parks.
Continue reading Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters were attacked by dogs and sprayed with a respiratory irritant when they arrived at the site. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images World leaders must do more to defend custodians of natural world whose lives are at risk from big business, says UN rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
October 6, 2017 — Global leaders must do more to protect indigenous people fighting to protect their land and way of life if the world is to limit climate change, according to the UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.
Continue reading Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur NATIONAL MINORITIES. At least 2,000 delegates from the national minorities join the September 21 protests to mark the 45th anniversary of the Martial Law. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler Some 2,000 members of minority groups join the Mendiola rally on September 21, telling stories of how government troops have attacked their schools and communities
MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 22, 2017) — Opening the program at the protest rally on Mendiola Thursday, September 21, a number of Lumad from Mindanao performed an interpretative dance, where President Rodrigo Duterte, wearing an American flag, is depicted as the enemy.
Continue reading Indigenous peoples march to ask Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao Fish swim off Easter Island. AFP image Indigenous people who live on Chile’s Easter Island far out in the Pacific vote to create a vast marine protection zone, covering an area of 720,000 square kilometers (280,000 square miles) around the island
September 5, 2017 — Chile’s Environmental Minister Marcelo Mena, speaking at an environmental conference in La Serena, northern Chile, said the vote by the native Rapanui people means Chile will have the largest marine protection zone in Latin America.
Continue reading Chile’s Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone An activist with a sign pasted on her mouth urging to resist Bolivian government plans for stripping Tipnis of its protected status. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters National park which is home to thousands of indigenous people loses protected status to allow for construction of 190-mile road
August 15, 2017 — Bolivia has given the go ahead to a controversial highway which would cut through an Amazon biodiversity hotspot almost the size of Jamaica and home to 14,000 mostly indigenous people.
Continue reading Bolivia approves highway through Amazon biodiversity hotspot PEOPLE’S SONA. Members of the Lumad from Mindanao join a protest march during President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. Photo by Anjie de Silva/Rappler ‘Change did not happen,’ an indigenous peoples’ group says
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — Protests from all over the country and from different sectors of society greeted the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Continue reading Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte’s SONA 2017 An aerial view of Lennox Island, off the coast of Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada. ‘We’re losing our island,’ said one resident. Photograph: The government of Prince Edward Island Rising sea levels mean that Lennox Island has lost more than 400 acres in just a few generations. Now it’s First Nations community wonders if it has a future
January 18, 2017 — His hands tucked tightly in the pockets of his jeans, Gilbert Sark nodded at the ice-covered bay stretched out before him.
Continue reading Indigenous Canadians face a crisis as climate change eats away island home A Sami woman observes the movement of reindeer during selection and calf labelling near the village of Dikanaess in northern Sweden. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images Warmer winters may seem good for Arctic animals. In fact they can be deadly
December 30, 2016 — Not even donkeys get a worse deal in popular culture than the reindeer. Rabbits, mice, cats and even bears all have their distorted images in cartoons, but all of them show some
Continue reading The Guardian view on climate change: bad for the Arctic Indigenous peoples traditional communities Pic: Kate Fisher/Flickr UN’s flagship climate bank must recognise positive benefits traditional communities offer forests and ecosystems, says civil society group
July 22, 2016 — The UN’s flagship Green Fund has been asked to adopt policies to ensure that the next set of projects it approves will respect the rights of tribal communities.
Continue reading Green Climate Fund asked for indigenous people’s rights policy PRESERVATION. Several IP groups hold a special ritual to save Mt Apo. All photos by Editha Z. Caduaya During the sacred ritual which sought forgiveness from the tribes’ ancestors for the disrespect of Mt Apo, North Cotabato 2nd District Representative Nancy Catamco is named a Diwata or protector
KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines (May 24, 2016) — It was an hour before the sun shined on Friday, May 20, when spiritual and tribal elders from the 8 ethnic groups living around Mount Apo joined forces to save their sacred land which they call
Apo Sandawa. Continue reading IP leaders hold tribal ritual to save Mt Apo