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Pope Francis apologizes to Mexican indigenous for history of pillage and abuse

Catholic leader also specifically called on native people to ‘teach mankind how to maintain a harmonious relationship with nature’ byLauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams Speaking to tens of thousands of people in an open-air mass in the southern…

Colombia: Letter Regarding Afrocolombian and Indigenous Participation in Peace Talks

Sirs Humberto de la Calle L., Chief Peace Negotiator for the Colombian Government Sergio Jaramillo, High Commissioner for Peace Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, FARC Commander, Peace Negotiations Delegate GAIDEPAC –Group of Academics and Intellectuals in Defense of the Colombian Pacific –…

Chili Yazzie: “Give Us Our One Day to Say Our Peace”

Duane “Chili” Yazzie delivered the keynote at The Red Nation and UNM KIVA Club’s march and rally in Albuquerque on October 12, 2015 in celebration of the city’s first Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly known as Columbus Day. Yazzie is the…

Free West Papua – we testify

This testimony was written in collaboration with Mama Tineke and Daniel Rayer, two West Papuan activists who survived the Biak Massacre, and David Denborough from the Dulwich Centre. It contains the voices of many of the people of West Papua…

President creates Ministry of Indigenous People in Chile

Today, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet signed the laws at La Moneda Palace, Santiago, that create the Ministry of Indigenous People, the National Council and the Indigenous People’s Councils. In a simple ceremony, Bachelet congratulated herself on benefiting, at last, the…

Indigenous Villagers Fight “Evil Spirit” of Hydropower Dam in Brazil

Human Wrongs Watch By Fabiana Frayssinet* SAWRÉ MUYBU, Brazil , 21 December 2015 (IPS) – At dusk on the Tapajós River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River in northern Brazil, the Mundurukú indigenous people gather to bathe…

Philippines: Manila students greet indigenous Lumad caravan

Hundreds of students from various Manila universities gathered on Wednesday, November 4, to express solidarity with the Lumad indigenous peoples from Mindanao. (See previous article: http://www.pressenza.com/2015/10/philippines-lumad-people-under-threat-by-australias-xstrata-copper-company/ ) Among those gathered to welcome them at Liwasang Bonifacio were students from University…

Optimizing the India-Myanmar relationship

Guwahati: A recently concluded India-Burma conference batted for more people to people contact between the two neighboring countries, more precisely, the residents of northeastern India and its adjacent Myanmar localities. The two-day conference titled ‘India-Myanmar Relations: Looking from the Border’ also…

Philippines: Lumad people under threat by Australia’s Xstrata Copper company

I live in the Philippines and am of the indigenous people, the Lumad. We have a proud culture and self-reliant communities in the lush forests, clear waters, and rugged mountain ranges of the island of Mindanao. But in my community,…

President Of Ecuarrunari, Carlos Pérez Guartambel, enters Ecuador with an indigenous organization issued passport

October 12, on the International Day of Indigenous Resistance, Carlos Perez Guartambel (President of ECUARUNARI, the organization of Kichwa Peoples in Ecuador) entered Ecuador with a Kichwa passport. It is the first time a passport issued by Indigenous authorities is…

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