Wednesday, March 19, 2008

March 2 - 9, 2008: Five Key Indigenous People's Issues

Five Important Indigenous People's Issues for the Week of March 2 - 9, 2008

Protecting Isolated Indigenous Peoples

London-based indigenous rights organization Survival International (SI) launched a campaign on Feb. 6 to protect indigenous groups living in voluntary isolation in Peru.

The organization estimates that there are 15 native peoples living in voluntary isolation in Peru who are severely threatened by illegal logging and oil exploration, the latter of which is being promoted by the Peruvian government. Read the rest of the article here....

Aboriginal Communities in New South Wales Need Help

The payday party at South Moree starts early on a Thursday. It is Linda Duncan's 20th birthday, so she and some friends are sitting in the front yard of an aunty's house on infamous Arunga Street, where school buses, pizza delivery boys and even police fear to tread. Read the rest here....

Coast Salish Leaders Commit to Environmental Action

''Enough talk, it's time for action.'' Billy Frank Jr., chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, summed up the consensus at the second day of the Coast Salish Gathering at the Tulalip Tribes Feb. 27 - 29.

''We are the Indian people, the Coast Salish Indian people, who live on all the watersheds, on the headwaters and on the bays throughout the Salish Sea region. We've got a message for all the nontribal governments and communities and we're delivering it.''

In the second full day of planning, Coast Salish leaders from British Columbian First Nations and western Washington tribes committed to a goal of environmental action, including a Salish Sea-wide information sharing database, a water quality information gathering project, and a Coast Salish environmental indicators project. Visit

Threats to Uncontacted Tribes Deemed "Vital" Issue by Indigenous Federation

The threats to uncontacted tribes living in the most remote parts of the Amazon basin has been named an ‘issue of vital importance’ by the Amazon’s most prominent indigenous federation.

‘At risk are the individual and collective lives of indigenous peoples living in isolation and those recently contacted for the first time,’ a statement from COICA (Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon basin) reads. ‘We will defend the rights of our indigenous brothers – no one else either in government or civil society is protecting them properly.’ Read the rest of the story here....

The Crofters – Indigenous People of the Highlands

The Scottish Crofting Foundation has presented the research project ‘Crofters; Indigenous People of the Highlands and Islands’ to the Scottish Parliamentary Crofting Cross Party Group. The report looks at parallels between Highland crofters and Norwegian Sami and some of the political implications of indigenous status, and the project was carried out for SCF by freelance researcher, Ian McKinnon. Read the rest of the story here....

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