Author: treaty100

Escalating intimidation of and harassment against indigenous human rights defender

On 31 May 2016, five men sat outside the home of Ms Gloria Ushigua throughout the night, in what appeared to be an act of intimidation against the human rights defender. Gloria Ushigua is an Indigenous human rights defender and has been the target of increasing levels of harassment over the past month, as a result of her peaceful and legitimate work in defence of environmental rights and of her ancestral land. This follows another act of intimidation against her niece on 26 May 2016 and the killing of the human rights defender’s sister-in-law, Anacleta Dahua Cují, on 2 May 2016.

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Amazon Women of Ecuador at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Amazonian Women urge China not to explore oil in Ecuador As part of the 15th Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Land is Life and our allies will alert the UN to denounce the threat on human rights in Indigenous territories due to the oil contracts signed in January between the Ecuadorian government and Chinese oil corporation Andes Petroleum. In a letter to the Permanente Representative of China to United Nations, Liu Jieyi, Land is Lifeallies Gloria Ushigua (President of Ashiñwaka) and Alicia Cahuiya (Vice-president of NAWE) urge China’s ambassador to recommend to the state-run Chinese company Andes Petroleum not...

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Protecting the Refuge — Protecting the Future

Humanity has created the illusion that we can continue to thrive on this planet of our own accord, separate from our environment. But it is our own over consumption that accelerated climate change. And it is proving a humbling wake up call for humanity that, in actuality, we are all connected. I am Neets’aii Gwich’in from Alaska, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is our ancestral land. Our communities still rely heavily on the Porcupine caribou herd for sustenance, as well as our culture and spiritual wellbeing. Our elders have taught us that our connection is sacred. Long ago,...

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Women on the Front Lines Fighting Fracking in the Bakken Oil Shale Formations

There are some crystalline moments in which the challenges we face as a civilization become brutally clear. Moments in which corrupt aspects of American democracy and the fractures in our social, economic and political systems are exposed with unsurpassed clarity. Moments in which we are reminded of how fundamentally ruptured our dominant culture’s relationship with the Earth has become and in which we see before our eyes how this split has led to almost unfathomable acts of violence against the Earth, against women and against the original inhabitants of North America. Standing on the sweeping, golden prairie of North...

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Meet the Indigenous Leaders, from Navajo Nation and beyond, who took a stand for Indigenous Rights at COP21

Last month I had the honor and privilege of teaming up with the Indigenous Environmental Network at the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris to amplify the Indigenous Rising campaign and the voices and stories of the IEN delegation, which included over 20 Indigenous leaders, youth, artists, activists and educators from Turtle Island, also known as North America. My role during the two weeks of COP21 was multifaceted: I was supporting IEN’s communications efforts, I was participating in direct actions shooting video and taking photos, and I was there as the Sustainability and Justice Fellow of Resource Media, strengthening relationships...

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Women of the Amazon Defend Their Homeland Against New Oil Contract on International Women’s Day

In late January 2016, the government of Ecuador signed a controversial contract with Chinese oil company Andes Petroleum, handing over rights to explore and drill for oil deep in the country’s pristine southeastern Amazon Rainforest, known and revered by many as “the lungs of the Earth.” For decades, Indigenous communities of the southern Ecuadorian Amazon have successfully fought to protect their land from encroachment by oil companies, engaging in local action and international policymaking and campaigns with a powerful message of respect for the Earth’s natural laws and the rights of Indigenous peoples. At the forefront of this ongoing...

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Where the Indigenous Women’s Treaty differs from the Paris Accord

By: Cherri Foytlin Last week in Paris a historic document was signed. This instrument carries the weight and responsibility of protecting a threatened world. Dignitaries came from oceans away to gather, bear witness and testify to the undeniable truth that our planet is in deep trouble. At the assembly’s conclusion, the participants each took a turn signing their pledge of support in protecting Mother Earth for future generations. Although the Indigenous Women of the Americas – Defenders of Mother Earth Treaty Compact 2015 may not be the accord that the media and many environmental organizations are celebrating, I’ll put...

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