Monday, September 22, 2014
Reminder - The High Level Plenary Meeting (that is not a World Conference on indigenous Peoples) at the UN, begins in the morning
By Glenn Morris
By Glenn Morris
I am sending this reminder to folks in Denver, that the HLPM begins in the morning. The pomp and circumstance of the opening session begins at , Denver time. The UN is scheduled to webcast the meeting at this url: http://webtv.un.org/#. We will be watching the proceedings all day in the Political Science library on the 3rd floor of the new Academic Building. The Fourth World Center will also be open for any of your academic or research needs. Any of you who will be joining us to watch and comment on the proceedings should download the final Outcome Document, which can be found on the HLPM/WCIP website at: http://wcip2014.org/. The program is here: http://wcip2014.org/
wcip-2014/programme. The session is only on the afternoon: , Denver time. We will be viewing that session, also.
I am including people who are not in Denver on this message because my hope is that we can all share our critical comments about the session via Twitter. The Fourth World Center handle is @4thWorld Center, and my personal handle is: @gtm303. The official HLPM handle is @WCIP2014, #WCIP2014. We have developed a critical hashtag: #WCIP2014sham, that we can use for providing critical commentary. Once again, I've never been on Twitter before, so, If I can do it, anyone can. I look forward to seeing you all in the Twitter world.
To reiterate, the point of our observing and critiquing the HLPM is not to engage in an exercise of masochism -- wallowing in what we all know will be a negative outcome. Rather, it is to provide a record of resistance to this process that many of us have vocally critiqued as another attempt to finalize the colonization, domestication and total domination of our peoples and our homelands. It is also for those of us who have been in this struggle for some time to provide spiritual grounding, history and analysis for younger people to continue our resistance to invasion and colonization. While it might be dis-spiriting to see a number of other indigenous individuals collaborating in the HLPM process, we should take strength and courage in the knowledge that many of us remain in active resistance, and will continue to organize, mobilize and continue the struggle beyond the Kabuki theatre that will play out over the next two days in New York.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Declaration of the Abya Yala CouncilAugust 12, 2014"We denounce the lack of legitimacy of the representation of self-appointed indigenous peoples or those appointed by successive governments states who do not represent the legitimate demands of our peoples as in the case of the upcoming "World Conference on Indigenous Peoples" which is nothing more than a plenary assembly of the UN member states. We demand that these governments instead comply with the relevant international covenants and treaties in full recognition, respect, and protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Likewise, we reject the representation of the Central American Indigenous Council (CICA) because they do not represent us as Indigenous Peoples, instead they represent the interests of successive national governments and oligarchies. We demand an audit of the investment of the funds allocated to this institution on behalf of our Indigenous Peoples.The mechanisms of Indigenous representation underwritten by the government states of North, Central and South America are illegal and illegitimate because they were not elected by our indigenous peoples or Original Nations according to our laws, so their opinions do not have our support and consent, such as the case of the Central American Indigenous Council (CICA). As Indigenous Peoples we engaged are in the reconstitution of our original nationalities therefore we shall decide for ourselves the representation of our delegations as Original Nations.
Ixim Uleu Maya Territories [Guatemala]
Ixim Uleu Maya Territories [Guatemala]
We add our support and solidarity with the decision of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus (NAIPC) at the continental level of Abya Yala, Turtle Island and will not participate in the "World Conference of Indigenous Peoples" because this initiative does not represent the legitimate interests of our Indigenous Peoples and Original Nations, but the discriminatory and racist interests of the states and multi-national corporations. We demand that the international community comply fully with the international conventions and treaties in recognition, respect, and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples."
KPFK American Indian Airwaves September 2, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Indigenous Resistance to the Mount Polley Mining Disaster Webinar
Wed. 17, 2014, 8 pm Eastern Standard Time
Moderator Kanahus Manuel
Kanahus Manuel is a mother of four and a grassroots community organizer from the Secwepemc Nation & a member of the Secwepemc Women Warriors Society. She has been arrested for upholding her inherent responsibilities to protect the land and water. Kanahus is part of the Native Youth Movement, and started the Sacred Fire in her territory in response to the recent Mount Polley tailings spill, which has devastated the freshwater salmon populations in Secwepemc territory.Secwepemc Elder Jean William
Jean William is a Secwepemc Elder and a Secwepemc language teacher who was born and raised in T'exelc. She is an expert of her Secwepemc culture, and has extensive knowledge of the cultural, spiritual and historical significance of the area impacted by the Mount Polley tailings disaster.Education and Research Joan Kuyak
Joan Kuyek is a strategist, researcher and educator living in Ottawa. She was the founding National Co-ordinator of MiningWatch Canada from 1999-2009. Joan teaches Mining Law, Policy and Communities at Queen’s University Law School (Law 514), Community Development and Social Change (SW3206) at Carleton University, and Mines and Communities in the CESD program of Algoma University Spring Institute.