Today, land access remains largely unfair and inequitable. Never has such a high percentage of the world's population been displaced from their indigenous or ancestral lands, left without land, a secure home, or the ability to feed themselves.
There is a need to integrate gender into all levels of power to enable women to participate and become full beneficiaries of the oil revenue. That's why we're advocating for women to be part of government and part of whatever bodies are set up to address the issues of the Niger Delta.
Some 800 Wixarika people -- 18 busloads -- are gathering in the desert below are expected to descend on this tiny town within an hour and will begin the trek up the sacred mountain of Cerro Quemado, the place where they believe the sun was born.
They came by the hundreds from the Western Sierra Madre, native Wixarika or Huichol people on a spiritual quest, seeking to consult with the spirits of their ancestors. This year, however, would be vastly different from years past.
I have the honor of working with the First Nations Two Spirit Collective. We are a group of activists who identify as indigenous and are doing work in the queer community to create space for First Nations people.
On March 25, 2011 the UN called for an international day of remembrance of the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. Good. However, the resolution still does not hold anyone responsible, nor does it seek to offer redress.
In Colombia, the number of internally displaced people is approximately 4.9 million -- nearly the population of Colorado. This makes Colombia the second largest internal displacement country in the world next to Sudan.
They came by the thousands to witness a day that would mark history for their people: a visit from James Anaya, the world's highest-ranking indigenous advocate, U.N. Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Rights.
Given the overwhelming scientific evidence against the company, a potential $27 billion judgment possibly a month out, news of the "scandal" was seen by many as a fourth-quarter Hail Mary, if not something more sinister.