Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 24, 2021

Indigenous Peoples Program in Paris: August 25 -- 27, 2021

Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, and Michelle Cook, Dine' attorney and founder of Divest Invest Protect, join Zapatistas and  global Indigenous during presentations on Wednesday. Ofelia will speak on border militarization and Israel's Elbit spy towers on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Ofelia and Michelle will join by teleconference, as travel posed too much risk at this time.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROGRAM - The CSIA-Nitassinan at the Summer University of Social Movements and Solidarities / Nantes 2021

by CSIA-Nitassinan

The CSIA-Nitassinan at the Summer University of Social Movements and Solidarity / Nantes 2021

Original in French:

The Summer University of Social Movements and Solidarity takes place every two years. It is organized and supported by many French organizations from the social movement. This event aims at exchanging, debating and sharing militant experiences over several days by crossing the views and thoughts of a wide variety of movements. The movements of solidarity with indigenous peoples, in the forefront of which is the CSIA-Nitassinan, naturally find their place, especially with the help of the IPAM Network.

The 2020 edition, postponed to the summer of 2021 because of the health crisis, will take place in Nantes from August 24 to 28.

This event will be an important moment of meetings with indigenous representatives, trainings, debates, as well as a convivial and festive time for all those who share common values of solidarity and sharing. It is an opportunity for CSIA-Nitassinan members to meet each other and to meet other associative activists.

On the program, nearly 200 activities: workshops, seminars, highlights, cultural and artistic activities, off-site activities, but also convivial times to get together after more than a year of pandemic.

As for the presence of the CSIA-Nitassinan this year, it will be like our campaigns and our interventions, rich and varied in connection with many partners. Unfortunately, the delegation that was supposed to come from the United States around the Diné-Navajo lawyer Michelle Cook had to cancel its participation because of the pandemic, but will intervene by videoconference, notably during the Strong Time - "Indigenous and popular struggles and alternatives in defense of the land and against extractivism", on August 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

>> The website of the Summer University of Social Movements and Solidarity with the complete program →

>> Registration (required) →

CSIA-Nitassinan events, in partnership with the IPAM network:
Indigenous and popular struggles and alternatives in defense of the land and against extractivism

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - from 5 to 7 pm Paris time.

At the Summer University of Social Movements

National School of Architecture of Nantes

6 Quai François Mitterrand, 44200 Nantes

On this occasion, the event will welcome :

a delegation from Mexico (composed of Zapatistas, members of the National Indigenous Congress, the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land and Water of the State of Morelos, etc) - subject to reservation; Michelle Cook, decolonial feminist, famous lawyer and indigenous Diné / Navajo environmental activist (United States) is a representative of WECAN - Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (in videoconference); Ophelia Rivas, O'odham indigenous activist (Arizona - USA) is the founder of O'odham VOICE Against the WALL, which fights against the construction of the wall between the United States and Mexico (in videoconference); Taneyulime Ludwina Pilisi, member of the Jeunesse Autochtone de Guyane (JAG); François Kare, Kanak independentist, member of the Mouvement des Jeunes Kanak en France (MJKF); Tania Marino, Mapuche from Chile / Aymara from Bolivia, representative of the Mapuche Suiza Network

Aurélie Journée-Duez (anthropologist, EHESS-LAS, president of the CSIA-Nitassinan, member of the IPAM Network and Intercoll) will be the moderator

The first part of this event will be an overview of indigenous and popular resistance in different territories in struggle in the Americas and beyond. Then, through questions arising from decolonial, feminist and territorial approaches to environmental struggles, the speakers will interact on the alliances between indigenous struggles and other social movements.

This event is organized by the Committee of Solidarity with the Indians of the Americas (CSIA-Nitassinan), the Fondation France Liberté and the IPAM network. These organizations promote the protection and defense of indigenous peoples' rights.

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Friday, August 27th

WORKSHOP - Climate and Colonialism

- Friday, August 27 - 9:30am - 11:45am

- School of Architecture - Project Studio 2A011

- Workshops

- Ecology / Climate / Agriculture / Food

- International solidarity / Altermondialism / ECSI

- Actions / strategies of social movements

This workshop will discuss the links between neo-colonialism, environmental degradation and climate change: How to read the history of the world?

This workshop will discuss the links between neo-colonialism, environmental degradation and climate change: How to read the history of global warming in the light of colonial history? How to link climate movements and anti-colonial struggles? What struggles and international solidarity can we build against climate colonialism?

Carriers of activities

CSIA-Nitassinan / IPAM / Aboriginal Youth of Guyana - JAG / Kanak Youth Movement - MJKF / Red Mapuche Suiza


Taneyulime Ludwina Pilisi (Kali'na of "French" Guyana) - François Karé (Mouvement des Jeunes Kanak - MJKF) - Tania Marino (Mapuche of Chile / Aymara of Bolivia) - MODERATION : Aurélie Journée-Duez (IPAM Network / CSIA-Nitassinan)

WORKSHOP - Climate Conferences / COP, what strategies to assert the place of impacted communities and indigenous peoples in the front line against mega-projects

- Friday 27 - 2:15pm - 4:30pm

- School of Architecture - Project Studio 2A06

- Workshops

- Ecology / climate

- International solidarity / Altermondialism / ECSI

- Actions / strategies of social movements

From the COP 21 to the last COP in Madrid, the voices of the impacted communities and indigenous peoples who are fighting on the front line against capitalist and climate-change mega-projects are not taken into account by the governments. They need our international and decolonial solidarity because they are the ones who are resisting on a daily basis in the field and who are also proposing real solutions to save the planet and its essential resources, such as water.

This workshop will allow us to talk about the fight against the exploitation of fossil fuels (#KeepItInTheGround Campaign), divestment campaigns, resistance and the implementation of environmental alternatives, but also to denounce the false solutions promoted by governments and multinationals.

Carriers of activities

CSIA-Nitassinan / IPAM / Jeunesse Autochtone de Guyane / WECAN / Divest, Invest, Protect Campaign


Daiara Tukano (Tukano from Brazil - RadioYande / WECAN ) in visio - to be confirmed / Taneyulime Ludwina Pilisi (Kali'na from "French" Guyana) / Automne Bulard (SystExt - Extractive Systems and Environments) / Juliette Rousseau (IPAM Network / ATTAC, former coordinator of the COP21 Climate Coalition) - Dorothy Grace Guerrero (Global Justice Now / UK COP26 Coalition) - to be confirmed / MODERATION : Sylvain Duez-Alesandrini (IPAM Network / CSIA-Nitassinan)


* exchange of know-how and experiences* convergence and construction of common initiatives* training for action

ALSO - Collective

Friday, August 27 - from 5 to 7 pm - Assembly for Climate Justice

- Forum - Ecology / Climate

While the climate movements have experienced a significant development in recent years, and a few months before the COP26, we want to create during this GA a moment of exchange between the various movements and activists for the climate, to collectively reflect on the issues and difficulties that arise for these movements and the prospects of mobilizations in the short term. The format will not be that of a conference, it is above all a question of giving the floor to the people present.

We propose to discuss in two parts:

- debates in petals around themes such as local struggles, COP and international dynamics, jobs - climate, popular ecology, impacted communities, relationship to institutions (climate law...) ;

- in plenary with a general debate on the strategic questions that arise for the climate movements and a more situational debate on the calendar of mobilizations at the end of the year 2021 and on how we work collectively.

With the presence of :

Dorothy Grace Guerrero of Global Justice Now, for the UK COP26 Coalition

...AND IF YOU ARE IN NANTES, COME AND MEET US AT THE ISCA-NITASSINAN STAND, where you will find activist materials, t-shirts, books on indigenous peoples' struggles, etc.


"Water Protectors" by photographer Bruno Serralongue

Aboriginal struggles against oil pipelines in North America. Exhibition proposed by the CSIA-Nitassinan


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