INNews – Indigenous Nations News
No. 0 December 2015
INNews is the Newsletter of United Indigenous Nations and All Indigenous Peoples from around the World. The number 0 is dedicated to the COP21.
COP21 & INDIGENOUS NATIONS
We acknowledge all our sisters and brothers from the Indigenous Nations, Peoples and Organizations who were able to come to Paris end of November and beginning of December in order to speak their truth, promoting and defending the Indigenous Peoples and Mother Earth’s Rights. As Earth Keepers, We could share our ancestral wisdom, spirituality, the way how we relate with Mother Earth and All Beings, a message for all Peoples and for the next seven generations.
The Indigenous Peoples were not heard at the United Nations where the Governments from the so called developed countries in partnership with the companies and multinationals -who are mainly affecting and polluting our planet – continue offering false solutions instead to agree for a Way of Life, Respect and Harmony for Nature an All Living Beings. We as Guardians of Mother Earth are calling to the Four Directions for a new time of Consciousness, Understanding and Compassionate Love for Mother Earth and Humanity. We believe that the Peoples together and All Humanity united can change this situation. A New World with Unity, Peace and Happiness is possible.
CLIMATE AGREEMENT FAILURE
The final agreement from the Paris climate talks has been the subject of much controversy regarding the language in the document pertaining to indigenous rights. Any semblance of a legally binding measure pertaining to these rights was omitted from the final agreement that was signed by the governments of 190 countries. The agreement concluded a two-week long process that brought together some of the world’s largest corporations, and environmental and human rights organizations, to agree on international energy standards, goals and applications.
As the final agreement appears, language pertaining to indigenous groups resides in the preamble—a completely non-binding portion of the text. The only other mention includes a recognition of indigenous ecological knowledge, although the wording provides no protection for such peoples. The decision was made in part by pressure from the UK, Norway, the European Union and the United States, who fear the legal liability that would follow a mandated recognition of indigenous groups.
All other mentions of indigenous people remain in requisitions that are not legally binding, due to some of the more vague aspects of the text. For example, any request following the auxiliary (helping) verb “shall” is legally binding; those following “should” are not. The need to “respect, promote … obligations on human rights … the rights of indigenous peoples” falls under the category of “should” and is therefore not legally binding.
The implications of this have resounding effects in the native Lands like Mexico and Brazil, whose various indigenous peoples residing in the Amazon have been fighting aggressive energy projects for more than three decades, especially regarding the infamous Belo Monte dam.
WE WANT TO LIVE NOT HYDROELECTRICS
Without an international legal recognition of indigenous rights, it will become increasingly difficult for tribes to protect their land from these projects.
There has been resistance to include hydroelectricity under the umbrella of “sustainable solutions,” which qualifies projects to receive financial incentives under programs like the Clean Development Mechanism, World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, Green Climate Fund, export credit bureau’s and green bonds. A Brazilian scientist recently released a study showing that estimates of methane production from hydropower account for nearly 23 percent of all human-based methane emissions across the globe.
A coalition of more than 300 civil society organizations from 53 countries recently released a global manifesto to pressure governments and financiers at the Paris climate talks to exclude hydropower projects from the list of sustainable initiatives.
But neither the protest to legally reinstate the indigenous component, nor the demands to exclude hydroelectricity from the “green” solutions have been successful. The final agreement, though monumental in its very existence, leaves much work to be done.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DEMANDS
At International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) and not considered by the Governments and National States.
a) Respect and Recognition of the Right of Self-determination and Sovereignty of the Indigenous Peoples in their Territories.
b) Respect, protection and recognition of Mother Earth as a Living Being.
c) Recognition of a Human Rights-Based approach which respects Indigenous Peoples Rights in Climate-Change Agreements and Related Actions.
d) Respect of Indigenous Peoples Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources.
e) Recognition of, and respect for, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and the role of Indigenous Peoples in adaptation and mitigation.
f) Recognition and support of Indigenous Peoples’ Community-Based Monitoring and Information Systems (CBMIS)
g) Respect Indigenous Peoples Rights to Full and Effective Participation in all Climate Change Actions and UNFCCC Institutions
h) Ensure Indigenous Peoples’ direct access to finance and capacity building.
NO CLIMATE JUSTICE WITHOUT FULL INDIGENOUS RIGHTS
The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), other indigenous peoples and their allies have been calling for policies that result in real emissions reductions by those who are creating the pollution, and rejecting approaches that undermine the livelihoods of the people who live in the world’s most biologically diverse places.
Tom Goldtooth, the executive director of IEN, a member of the Dine/Dakota tribes, and a prominent figure in the people’s movements for climate justice say: “I like to remain positive in the work that we are doing. I don’t see the outcomes of the Paris Accord as being where we need to go to address the climate crisis that we’re in. I think that there are too many variables and factors involved with politics, especially politics around energy and economics.
I have never gotten a sense that the world wants to wean itself at the level we need away from a fossil fuel economy. I think that the governments that are dependent on a fossil fuel economy and the corporations that depend on petroleum are very committed to burning up every last drop of oil there is in the world. And that’s why they craft what we have called “false solutions” that just buy them time to continue to explore unconventional oil.
Again, it’s the same old, same old related to an economic system that is not in balance, that feeds off of life itself. So it goes back to that concern.”
The Indigenous Nations proposed several social, educational, cultural and spiritual events in order to spread our Mother Earth’s Message and our Elders, Women, Youth and Children’s Voice. In preparation of the the COP21. Some of these actions started before.
8000 DRUMS ACTION FOR THE AMAZON
A Pilgrimage to the Amazon in Brazil from October 20th to November 07th . The intention of this Journey was to meet the tribes, to honor the spirits of the waters and the rainforest, to make prayers and ceremonies for Healing Our Mother Earth, to ask her forgiveness, to express her respect, love and infinite gratitude. By the way at the end of th COP21 the intention is to do the 8000 Drums Ceremony & the Great Gathering for Healing Mother Earth in the Amazon.
WORLD MEDITATION FOR HEALING & PEACE IN PARIS
The unexpected and unfortunate events in Paris on Friday November 13th moved everybody to take actions, in order to express our solidarity to the families and to reaffirm our determination for peace in the world. The Otomi Toltec Nation, Amis des Nations Premières and Native Elders for Mother Earth and Peace, to start everyday Journeys of Healing & Meditation for Peace in Paris and around the world. The message was to come together for Active Peace and Nonviolence as a solution. Our engagement for Communication and Conflict Resolution by Peaceful means as the only way to open the door for real forgiveness, Reconciliation, Understanding and Healing between men and women, families and communities in the World. With Consciousness and Compassionate Love we can take responsibility from what happened in Paris and what is happening in the world, specially for our Children and Youth. One part of Human Beings are wounded because of actions and relations between Humans and Peoples in the past. We need to write a new history of Respect, Understanding, Tolerance and Unity of Humanity. The intention is to call for Healing the Heart of Human Beings, Ancestral Memories and All Our Relations. This action was hold for a month.
GATHERING OF THE INDIGENOUS NATIONS & PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE WORLD
The United Indigenous Nations, Otomi Toltec Nation, 8000 Drums Ceremony Keepers Called for this Sunrise Prahyer for the New Dawn of the Indigenous Peoples at the Peace Monument, Champs de Mars. Many delegates from the Indigenous Peoples and Delegates from around the world coming to the COP21 attended this event outdoors. We’re grateful that the authorities from the city let us for doing this prayer for Peace in the World.
INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER OF NATIVE ELDERS & CHANTING OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
This Gathering took place indoors on November 22nd and 29th indoors in Paris, where we could meet our Elders from the North and South America for praying and chanting in the way of our ancestors. We were very honored with the presence of our Grand Fathers, Grand Mothers, Wisdom keepers and Spiritual Leaders from Indigenous Peoples like Lakota, Diné, Quechua, Embera and Otomi Toltec Nation, who were sharing this wonderful and unforgettable moment with the local families and communities the Messages of Mother Earth and for Peace in the World.
8000 DRUMS CEREMONY FOR MOTHER EARTH & PEACE
“When 8000 Drums will sound together again. It will be the beginning of a greatl healing of our Mother Earth, Our Peoples and All Beings. An more unity, respect, compassionate love, happiness and Peace on the Earth will come.” (Otomi Toltec Prophecy, 1521)
We’re glad to share that the 8000 Drums Ceremony took place on November 29th in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris. We were blessed to gather almost a thousand of people, drummers, earthkeepers, peacemakers and spiritual people coming from all over the world.
CANOES 2 PARIS & CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Indigenous Brings “Canoe of Life” 6000 Miles from Amazon to Paris to Call for Climate Action. Indigenous Peoples in canoes and kayaks from the Americas delivered powerful messages of “Leave fossil fuels in the ground,” and “Protect sacred water,” as the United Nations COP21 negotiations in Paris continued to exclude Indigenous rights, while promoting “greenwashers” and corporate profiteers.
During today’s Canoes 2 Paris Flotilla, Indigenous Peoples warned of the worst consequences of climate change, and offered solutions to protect Mother Earth. (Indian Country)
WOMEN AGREEMENT FOR MOTHER EARTH
Indigenous Women leaders of the North and South Americas signed a first ever treaty agreement, declaring solidarity in the movement to protect Mother Earth from extractive industries.
8000 DRUMS & CHANTING FOR CLEAN ENERGY IN THE WORLD
CHANTING FOR THE UNITY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATURE
INDIGENOUS NATIONS JOURNEYS FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION IN THE WORLD
PRAYER FOR THE WATERS
MEDITATION FOR PEACE IN THE PENICHE
HEALING & PRAYERS IN THE SITES AFFECTED ON NOVEMBER 13th
CLOSING CEREMONY AT THE PAGODE
*Global Meditation and Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation: 21 December to 01 January
UIN & ANP
We’re glad to announce the birthing of Amis des Nations Premierès, an association based in Paris, France, in order to promote the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Rights of Mother Earth. An also to promote the United Indigenous Nations for Mother Earth and Peace. We’re grateful for this great family who supported for the 8000 Drums Ceremony & Native Elders for Mother Earth and Peace World Project. Thanks to Amis des Nations Premières we could fulfilled most of the goals and program expected at the COP21. Because of the restriction imposed by the French authorities for public events on the streets, only the Great Gathering of the 8000 Drums and the World Massive March for the Rights of Mother Earth -that we had planned with thousands of people coming from around the world- were rescheduled. But we will do it anyway at the spring in France. Thanks for your help to fulfill the 8000 Drums Ceremony for Mother Earth and Peace in the World.