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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

VIDEO: The Rights of Mother Earth

'Los Derechos de la Pachamama' is an emotional and inspiring video that was created as a joint project between five indigenous communities in Peru with the message: 'We wish from out hearts that these rights we are proposing will be added to and that people across the world recover their harmony with our Mother Earth.'

This video was made through a participatory process, with the following communities:
Perka, Puno, facilitated by Sabino Cutipa
Karhui and Queromarca, Cusco, facilitated by Rosio Achahui
Chaka, Ayacucho, facilitated by Pelayo Carrillo
Perccapampa, Huancavelica, facilitated by Balvino Zavallos
Cochas Grande, Junín, facilitated by Irma Poma

In April 2010 InsightShare's Latin America Director Maja, and community video facilitators Balvino, Primitivo, Irma and Rosio participated in the exciting People's Forum on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights, in Cochabamba, Bolivia that was attended by 35,000 people. This video was especially created for this special meeting and was screened at the side event of the official forum.

The project was facilitated by Maja Tillmann as part of 'Conversations with the Earth'. Launched in April 2009, Conversations with the Earth is a collective opportunity to build a global movement for an indigenous-controlled community media network. CWE works with a growing network of indigenous groups and communities living in critical ecosystems around the world, from the Atlantic Rainforest to Central Asia, from the Philippines to the Andes, from the Arctic to Ethiopia. Through CWE, these indigenous communities are able to share their story of climate change. Through the creation of sustainable autonomous indigenous media hubs in these regions, CWE fosters a long-term relationship with these communities, based on principles of local control and supporting indigenous media capacity.

- After the production of this video, the Peru hub has been expanding its network of communities in Peru and even across the border in Bolivia. At the beginning of July 2010 Maja and Irma facilitated a PV training at the 'mother hub' Cuyay Wasi in Vilcacoto. This training brought together representatives of communities in Cusco, Ayacucho, Chaski (Peru) and Bolivia to learn PV and develop their own video action plans. Through the Food Sovereignty Programme 3 Aymara communities near Lake Titicaca are now also involved in the Conversations with the Earth project.
- Watching this video inspired the CWEparticipatory video teams in Kenya and the Philippines to start interviewing people in their own communities to create a similar film about their visions on the rights of Mother Earth. These videos are also available on this YouTube Channel.

Edited by Maja Tillmann and Rodrigo Otero
Cuyay Wasi, April 2010

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Forest Service issues citations to Winnemem Wintu for ceremony

Chief Caleen Sisk is issued citations today.
Photo Winnemem Wintu
Breaking News update from Winnemem Wintu at their Coming of Age Ceremony:
Posted at Censored News
Winnemem Wintu's statement:
"After our lawyer had left this morning, the Forest Service came into the campground and wrote Chief Caleen Sisk two citations: One for violating the special use permit and for using the motorized boat to take elders across the river.
"The officer couldn't tell her why she had violated the permit."

Please contact:
Tom Tidwell, Forest Service Chief
"Respect the Winnemem's right to ceremony!"
See videos of Day 1, 2 and 3 at Censored News:

VIDEO: Forest Service turns closure against Winnemem Wintu July 2012

Day 3: Winnemem Wintu struggle to protect their Coming of Age Ceremony, July 2012.

(Video above) Winnemem Wintu, protecting their Coming of Age Ceremony, July 3, 2012: "Rather than spend energy interacting with boaters wanting to come up past our ceremony, the Forest Service law enforcement personnel chose to use the details of the closure order against our right to hold ceremony according to our needs."

Day 2: Coming of Age 2012

A young man denies being among a group of ten men in two pickups who intimidated a young supporter standing watch, and then using symbolic threats toward a tribal member.

Please support Chief Caleen Sisk and her nephew Arron Sisk, in their spiritual fast to get the BIA to meet with them. Please contact:
Amy Dutschke, Sacramento BIA Office,
(916) 978-6000 or (916) 978-6099
"Meet with Chief Caleen Sisk!"

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