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Stop the Lumad Killings

The Lumad are indigenous people in the southern Mindanao region of the Philippines. The term Lumad is short for Katawhang Lumad (Literally: “indigenous people”), a description officially adopted by delegates of the Lumad Mindanao Peoples Federation founding assembly on June 26, 1986. This grew out of a political awakening among tribes during the martial law regime of President Marcos and reflects the collective identify of 18 Lumad ethnic groups. The assembly’s main objectives was to achieve self-determination and governance for their member-tribes within their ancestral domain in accordance with their culture and customary laws.

The Lumad have a traditional ancestral concept of land ownership which is communal private property. Community members have the right utilize any piece of unoccupied land within the communal territory. Lumad ancestral lands include rain forests, hunting grounds, cultivated and uncultivated land and valuable mineral resources (copper, nickel, gold, chromite, coal, gas, cement) below the land.

Indigenous & Grassroots Organizations at COP23

Bonn, Germany – In one week the It Takes Roots Delegation, a U.S. coalition, will journey to Bonn, Germany for the UNFCCC Climate Change Convention.* This past year the Trump administration has not only backed out of the Paris Agreement but has also made an oil executive secretary of state and has nominated a climate denier to be the head of NASA. These decisions are putting Indigenous and Black and Brown communities at severe risk of climate change impacts and extreme weather.

Indigenous Environmental Network On Exit From Paris Agreement

The Trump Administration is once again pandering to the Fossil Fuel companies with this action which ultimately sacrifices our future as Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic. We are seeing Climate Change impacts in Alaska, the permafrost is melting, the breeding patterns of our salmon are changing. We believe that for our survival we need keep 100% of the oil and gas in the Arctic in the ground instead of lifting regulatory mechanisms such as the Paris Agreements, which would give us a fighting chance.

14th Session of The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

14th Session of The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Indigenous Environmental Network, MADRE, CICA (Consejo Indígena de Central America), CAOI, ECUANARI, Chief Oren Lyons-Haudenosaunee, Indigenous Information Network, Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism, Consejo Indio Exterior, Comisión Júridica de los Pueblos,...

#EndWTO Week of Action in Bali – Update Dec. 2, 2013

By: Edgar Franks, Community to Community Development Solidarity between different fronts of struggle was apparent at the opening day of the #EndWTO Bali Week of Action.  From the Philippines to Thailand to Korea to Africa, every speaker called out that the current...

14 Years after the Battle of Seattle, Movements Call to #EndWTO

In 1999, anti-globalization protests rocked the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations in Seattle and gave birth to a new era of the global justice movement. At every turn the WTO has faced major protest from outside the negotiations and dissent from inside, from...

Humanity at the Crossroads

This is an invitation to step into service, to choose to join a collective body of humans that deeply cares about our planet. Please read the Indigenous elders statement http://caretakersofmotherearth.com/. If you find resonance, consider signing, asking your own...

A Pathetic REDD Package

On 12 November 2013, the Global Forest Coalition made the following intervention during the negotiations in Warsaw on methodologies to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and enhance forest carbon stocks (REDD+): “The Global Forest...

Statement on the UN Climate Conference in Warsaw by Tom Goldtooth

Statement on the UN Climate Conference in Warsaw by Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network by Global Justice Ecology Project | November 12, 2013 · 3:16 pm The United Nations climate meetings involve the big powers of the United States and...

Intervention by Indigenous Environmental Network, Tom Goldtooth

INDIVIDUAL INTERVENTION SESSION 11 June 2013 Intervention by Tom Goldtooth, on behalf of the Indigenous Environmental Network, delegate from the North America Caucus. Mr. Chair, Bureau, Indigenous Peoples Delegates and Indigenous Peoples of the World; This...

Everyone must accept binding climate commitments

By Pablo Solon The United Nations climate negotiations in Bonn are more of the same and we are running out of time. Everybody recognizes that there is a “gap”, but there are no concrete proposals to solve the “gap”. Most delegations prefer not to put a number on the...

Africans Unite Against New Form of Colonialism

No REDD Network Born FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2013 Outraged by the rampant land grabs and neocolonialism of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest degradation), Africans at the World Social Forum in Tunisia took the historic decision to launch...

Chief Spence takes fight against C-45 to the United Nations

By Brent Patterson, Friday, February 22nd, 2013 The Attawapiskat First Nation and the International Indian Treaty Council have sought the support of the United Nations to stop C-38 and C-45. They state that the Harper government failed in their Duty to Consult as...