Tag Archives: indigenous peoples

Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

lucía cayetana aljovín gazzani
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

Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur

native americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the dakota access pipeline
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

Indigenous peoples march to ask Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao

national minorities
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

Chile’s Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

easter island fishes
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

Bolivia approves highway through Amazon biodiversity hotspot

an activist resisting bolivian government
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

Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte’s SONA 2017

members of the lumad from mindanao
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

Indigenous Canadians face a crisis as climate change eats away island home

aerial view of lennox island
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

The Guardian view on climate change: bad for the Arctic

the movement of reindeer during selection and calf labelling
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

Green Climate Fund asked for indigenous people’s rights policy

indigenous peoples traditional communities
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

IP leaders hold tribal ritual to save Mt Apo

indigenous people
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