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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Amazon Canoe of Life now at COP21 Indigenous Pavilion


From the Committee of Solidarity with American Indians in France
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The Canoe of Life, from the Ecuadorian Amazon, has arrived at the COP21. Please see the photos below.
This morning representatives of the Kichwa community of Sarayaku, along with the Lummi indigenous youth delegation and allies, officially welcomed the canoe to the waters of Paris at the Bassin de la Villette. Thereafter it traveled to Le Bourget, where it is now on display within the Indigenous Pavilion (Climate Generations area) through the week.
We encourage press to visit the canoe in the coming days and speak with representatives of the Sarayaku delegation.
Press contact Tuesday & Wednesday: Andrew Miller {}
Press contact Thursday: Leila Salazar-López {}
Also, the Sarayaku spokespeople are participating in a series of public events within Le Bourget in the coming days:
WHAT: Blue Zone Side Event: "Global Women & Indigenous Peoples on the Frontline of Climate Solutions: Forests & Renewable Energy"
We will examine WECAN's Women's Climate Action Agenda, a climate justice blueprint for our path forward; present the Sarayaku people of Ecuador's "Living Forest" proposal, highlighting Amazonian indigenous solutions; and showcase women as agents of change in transitioning to 100% renewable energy.
WHERE: Le Bourget Observer room 01
WHEN: Tuesday 8 December, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
WHAT: Indigenous Pavilion Presentation: "Kawsak Sacha - The Living Forest proposal by the Kichwa of Sarayaku"
WHERE: Indigenous Peoples' Pavilion Auditorium
WHEN: Thursday, 10 December, 12:45pm - 2:00pm
WHAT: Global Greengrant Fund Youth Event "Mobilizing the Next Generation on Climate Justice and Indigenous Rights"
Speakers include representatives from indigenous groups in Ecuador, British Columbia, Kenya, and Indonesia
WHERE: Indigenous Peoples' Pavilion Auditorium
WHEN: Thursday, 10 December,  3:45pm - 5:00pm
Andrew E. Miller l Advocacy Director l Amazon Watch
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW #1100 Washington, DC 20036 l +1-202-423-4828 

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Resistance to Loop 202 through Akimel O'odham Gila River Territory


By Christine Prat
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For several years, members of the Gila River Indian Community, particularly the Akimel O'odham Youth Collective, have opposed the projected extension of Loop 202 through their territory and through Moadak Do'ag, South Mountain, sacred for the O'odham. The project would destroy the South Mountain on the width of an 8 lanes wide freeway, and on places as high as a 2 storey building. Sacred land would be destroyed, as well as homes, some people would be forcibly displaced. Moreover, pollution – and the respiratory diseases it causes – would drastically increase; drugs and firearms would more easily enter the region and the Reservations. These are the issues Andrew Pedro, member of the Akimel O'odham Youth Collective, tells us about in this video, recorded on September 28th, 2015.

Native Americans Protest Auction of Sacred in Paris During COP21

Photos by Catherine Jeyakumar
Video by Indigenous Rising

Mohawk Nation News 'Who got the Gold Mine'

Beautiful Video: Canoes 2 Paris Indigenous Flotilla

                                                Ta'Kaiya SIerra Blaney photo by Kandi Mossett


 A short film on the ‪‎Canoes2Paris‬ Action! ‪‎COP21‬ ‪IndigenousRising‬ ‪‎Keepitintheground‬ ‪NoREDD‬ ‪DefendProtectRenew‬ Share widely! Copyleft: Sophie Gergaud/De la Plume à l'Ecran

The launching of a declaration calling on world leaders to keep fossil fuels in the ground, led by Indigenous peoples and signed by over 150 organizations. The signing announcement from Indigenous women leaders from North and South America of a treaty to protect Mother Earth. Presentation of the Kawsak Sacha “Living Forest” proposal from the Amazon rainforest by the Kichwa Indigenous people of Sarayaku. Indigenous flotilla on the Bassin de la Villette, including Sarayaku’s “Canoe of Life” which has traveled 6000 miles to Paris with a message from the Amazon.  - See more at:

Bienvenue le website d'Owe Aku francais.

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Bienvenue sur le site web
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Welcome to Owe Aku's French Website
Nous avons créé un nouveau site web pour nos supporters francophones. La nature de notre travail suppose de créer des alliances et nous espérons que ce site nous permettra de développer de nouveau liens, incluant les peuples autochtones du Pacifique, d'Afrique et d'Amérique du nord. Nous sommes engagés dans la lutte pour la protection de l'Eau Sacrée qui concerne chacun, universellement et en particulier, les générations futures.
L'eau est la vie, sans laquelle ni nous, ni notre Terre Mère, nous ne pouvons survivre.
We have created this website for our french-speaking supporters.  The nature of our work is to create allies and with this website we hope to reach out to more supporters amongst French-speaking peoples including Indigneous peoples in the Pacific, Africa, and North America .  The struggles in which we engage to protect sacredwater are for everyone, everywhere, and most importantly the coming generations.  Water is life and without it neither we nor our Mother Earth can survive.
Aujourd'hui, en 2015, malgré un président issu d'une minorité, l'eau des territoires indiens, dite "potable" ou destinée aux cultures, est contaminée en de très nombreux endroits par des résidus pétrolifères et/ou radioactifs à hautes doses. Les conséquences sur la santé sont dramatiques. Considèrent-on en haut-lieu que les réserves sont la poubelle du pays et que leurs habitants valent moins que les citoyens des majorités blanches ?

Mais des voix se lèvent un peu partout dans les communautés. De nouveaux leaders, dont quelques jeunes femmes courageuses, ont décidé de se battre malgré les risques.

Notre organisation, partie prenante de ces mouvements émergents, tire la sonnette d'alarme sur les exactions commises contre les peuples premiers et leurs territoires par les multinationales et le gouvernement.

Partagez, diffusez, soutenez-nous moralement et financièrement.

Toutes les voix et tous les soutiens comptent pour nous !"

We want to thank two women who have made this site possible:  Sophie Ledoux of France and Christina Pärg of Sweden who have volunteered their time and energy on behalf of Owe Aku and Owe Aku International Justice Project.  Wopila to all our European supporters and
especially Sophie and Christina.
Nous tenons à remercier deux femmes qui ont fait ce site possible : Sophie Ledoux de la France et de la Suède Christina Pärg qui ont donné de leur temps et de l'énergie au nom du Owe Aku Aku et Owe Projet justice internationale . Wopila à tous nos supporters européens et surtout Sophie et Christina .
Today, drinking water and the sacredness of water on many Indian territories in North America is being compromised by high levels of contaminants from petroleum extraction and/or uranium mining  The consequences on health are dramatic.  Indian reservations have too often been considered, by those in power, to be the trash cans of america and the lives of the inhabitants of these reservations are treated as less valuable than the white majority of citizens in the United States of Americs.  But voices are being raised in our communities.  New leaders are emerging including young courageous women who have decided to struggle against these powers despite the risks.  Our organization, involved in supporting these emerging movements, has sounded the alarm about the threats against Red Nations' peoples and our territories by the multinationals and the governments that oppress us.

Share, spread the word, give us your moral support and financial donations if you can.  Everyone's voice and everyone's support is critical
to us and our success.
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