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November 21, 2023


Indigenous Climate Action To Defend Indigenous Rights at UN Climate Conference COP28 in Dubai

NationTalk: Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Indigenous Climate Action (ICA), an Indigenous-led climate justice organization from Turtle Island (Canada), will be sending a delegation to Dubai later this week for preparation and attendance at the 2023 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP28). WHO: Indigenous Climate Action WHAT: UNFCCC COP28 WHEN:...

September 25, 2023


Indigenous women are showing us how to fight for environmental and human rights

During a recent trip to Brazil, I saw how Indigenous women activists there have completely changed the political landscape Iwas invited to the third Indigenous Women’s March in Brasília, the capital of Brazil, earlier this month. The last occupation of Brazil’s legislature was in January 2022, when a group of rightwing thugs, imitating the January 6...

September 22, 2023


Indigenous people in Brazil shed tears of joy as the Supreme Court enshrines their land rights

Indigenous people celebrate a Supreme Court ruling to enshrine Indigenous land rights, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. Six of the 11 Supreme Court justices voted against establishing a cut-off date after which Indigenous peoples could not claim new territory. Photo: Gustavo Moreno/Associated Press. APTN News: RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Indigenous people celebrated...

September 7, 2023


Gwich’in celebrate cancellation of oil exploration leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Alaska politicians, Iñupiat, say they’re disappointed by the Biden administration’s decision CBC News: For Gwich’in on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border it’s a major victory, even if it isn’t set in stone. The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it’s cancelling seven oil exploration leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area that includes...

September 6, 2023


U.S. cancels remaining leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

By The Canadian Press The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ‘sustains people, wildlife, and fish in the northeastern corner of Alaska,’ says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  APTN News: The Canadian Press – The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday canceled the remaining seven oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that were part of a...

August 22, 2023


Tŝilhqot’in & Sámi Peoples Gather for Historic Cultural Exchange

NationTalk: Williams Lake, B.C.: Tŝilhqot’in and Sámi communities this week held a historic cultural exchange in Tŝilhqot’in Territory, following a Tŝilhqot’in visit to Sápmi (Sámi Territory) in 2022. The two Nations continued their ongoing cultural exchange and learning from each other on struggles and efforts to protect our lands, waters, cultures and livelihoods. The Tŝilhqot’in...

August 17, 2023


Native Hawaiians fear Maui wildfire destruction will lead to their cultural erasure

‘This is, for us, genocide,’ says community leader Keʻeaumoku Kapu CBC News: Keʻeaumoku Kapu has been handing out water, clothes, and emergency supplies to families in need out of the Walgreens parking lot in Lahaina, Maui. He said it is a way to keep himself occupied while he grieves the losses of his community.  “I’m...

June 12, 2023


Indigenous communities in B.C., Alaska, declare state of emergency over Pacific salmon

‘This is an emergency. We can no longer wait. We have to act now’ CBC News: A group of Indigenous communities from Alaska and B.C. has declared a state of emergency related to Pacific salmon populations, and says First Nations need to be more involved in managing traditional resources.  “We’re just exploring the idea at this point,...

May 11, 2023


Future of Arctic Council in doubt after end of Russian chairship

Co-operation with Russia has been formally suspended since 2022 invasion of Ukraine CBC News: Russia’s two-year term as chair of the Arctic Council came to an end Thursday, leaving the future of the council’s role as a forum for international collaboration in doubt.  In a low-key virtual ceremony attended by senior bureaucrats, Russia ceded the...

April 20, 2023


Canada’s support of Line 5 pipeline to come under scrutiny of United Nations

“Tribes in the U.S. and Canada…have worked for years to decommission Line 5 given the risks a catastrophic oil spill poses to their health, culture and environment.” — from a submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council WindSpeker.com: Canada is being called out by Indigenous nations on both sides of the border for its...

April 1, 2023


Investigation: Hollow core – environmental abuses by multinationals

In 2018, Ottawa announced a new watchdog to probe alleged abuses by multinationals. It has yet to complete a single investigation. The Globe went to Peruvian oil country to see the effects of missing Canadian oversight The Globe and Mail: Tavia Grant Photography by Patrick Murayarithe Jose Olaya, Peru, Published APRIL 1, 2023 Deep in...

March 1, 2023


Greta Thunberg detained by Norway police during pro-Sami protest

The Globe and Mail: Environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg was twice detained during a demonstration in support of Indigenous rights in Oslo on Wednesday, with police removing her and other activists from the finance ministry and later the environment ministry. Thunberg had on Monday joined protesters demanding the removal of 151 wind turbines from reindeer pastures...

January 24, 2023


The Legal Implications of the 2022 Canada-Denmark/Greenland Agreement on Hans Island (Tartupaluk) for the Inuit Peoples of Greenland and Nunavut

The Arctic Institute: Centre for Circumpolar Security Studies On June 14, 2022, Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Jeppe Kofod, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, along with Múte Bourup Egede, Prime Minister of Greenland, signed an Agreement in Ottawa resolving outstanding boundary issues between the sovereign states of Canada and the Kingdom...

January 14, 2022


Pacific Salmon Treaty

First Nations Law – The Tŝilhqot’in call on Canada to establish an independent review of the Pacific Salmon Treaty and the failure by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to meaningfully represent First Nation interests, including food, social and ceremonial fishing rights, at the international table. In 2019, the Alaska catch of Chilko salmon was...

September 1, 2021


Indigenous Rights in Brazil’s Amazon Rain Forest: 113 Indigenous people killed

VOX – According to data from the Brazilian government’s Indigenous health service, in 2019 at least 113 Indigenous people were killed in the country, a majority of whom were “committed to the protection of the borders of their territories and fought against logging and mining.” The Guajajara Guardians patrol their reserve, Araribóia, on foot, and...

December 12, 2020


Columbia River Treaty

CBC – A cross-border treaty that has regulated the flow of the Columbia River for over 50 years could be in jeopardy as a group of American politicians calls on the president to invoke his executive authority and terminate the treaty. The Columbia River Treaty was ratified by the United States and Canada in 1964...

September 16, 2019


Columbia River Treaty

Indigenous Group: Ktunaxa Nation, Secwepemc Nation and Syilx Okanagan Nation Business: Govt of Canada and BC; Govt. of USA Issue: May 3, 2019: Assembly of First Nations – Decisions made under the Treaty have had many adverse effects on the First Nations involved, including damage to village and burial sites and damage to fish stocks,...

August 28, 2019


Indigenous Rights in Brazil’s Amazon Rain Forest: Support from Inuit Circumpolar Council

Arctic Circumpolar Council – The international circumpolar organization representing Inuit in Alaska, Canada, Chukotka and Greenland has sent a message of solidarity to Indigenous peoples living in the Amazon basin, and expressing concern for what the fires now burning in the region’s rainforests mean for the global climate system. “Transformation of the Arctic landscape, and...

August 24, 2019


Indigenous Rights in Brazil’s Amazon Rain Forest

Indigenous Group: Indigenous groups in Brazil Business: Government of Brazil Issue: Brazil’s government wants to enact rules that allow mining in Indigenous reserves which occupy 13 percent of the country’s territory Comment: March 13, 2019: Reuters – Mining Secretary Alexandre Vidigal de Oliveira Albuquerque’s remarks “that Brazil would seek to open indigenous reserves to mining”...

July 18, 2018


The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations Economic and Social Council

Indigenous Group: Assembly of First Nations Business: Member states of the United Nations Issue: This is the main forum to ensure States are accountable for commitments in the 2030 Agenda, which includes 17 sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations. Comment: in September 2015. Treaty 6 Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild spoke to the work...

April 13, 2018


Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador CONAIE: and Front for the Defence of the Amazon

Business: Chevron Corporation Issue: Chevron’s attempt to avoid a $9.5B liability to rain forest communities for dumping billions of gallons of toxic oil waste and for ongoing violations of Indigenous rights. Chevron abandoned roughly 1,000 unlined oil waste pits after operating in the country from 1964 to 1992. Comment: Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and...

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