Exploiting the Pandemic to Target Indigenous Communities in Latin America

Ramona Wadi As coronavirus spreads in Latin America, indigenous peoples find themselves at imminent risk of annihilation should the pandemic break out in their communities. The Coordinator of Indigenous Organisations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) has written to the governments of countries which share the Amazon rainforest to enforce control on movement in and out…

Social Justice Movements in South Africa Call for Moratorium on Evictions

Pavan Kulkarni Settlements generally consist of around a hundred shacks tightly packed together, with entire families crammed into single-room spaces. The deadly Coronavirus has already infected over 550 people in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the pandemic a national disaster on March 15, when the government had confirmed 62 positive cases in the country….

Canada: Coastal GasLink Violated B.C. Pipeline Rules More than 50 Times

Emma McIntosh Autumn Walkem, Nlaka’pamux, a supporter of the Wet’suwet’en puts up a sign to greet police at Unist’ot’en Camp in February 2020. Photo by Michael Toledano The company behind the controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline has violated conditions set by the British Columbia government more than 50 times, the province’s records show. Some rules were…

Mohawk Activist: Reconciliation Isn’t Dead. It Was Never Alive.

Alan S. Hale Indigenous activist, human rights advocate and person of the longhouse, Ellen Gabriel, gave an impassioned lecture at Queen’s University on Wednesday about the state of the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples. (Alan S. Hale/The Whig-Standard)Alan S. Hale / Alan S. Hale/The Whig-Standard One of the most consequential aspects of the conflict…

Bolsonaro Denounced at the UN for Depredation of the Amazon

Dario PignottiDavi Kopenawa, leader of the Yanomani ethnic group, travelled to Geneva to warn about the critical situation in the Amazon. Photo: AFP. A delegation composed of Yanomani leader Davi Kopenawa and Brazilian NGOs travelled to Geneva, Switzerland, to warn of the dramatic situation in the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical forest, in the face…

What is Happening in Wet’suwet’en?

Fire This Time! An RCMP officer stands near the Morice River bridge, the only entrance point to the Unist’ot’en healing centre and sole access road to Coastal GasLink work sites. A barrier built across the bridge bears a sign saying “Reconciliation,” which was disassembled by workers in yellow vests. Photo: Amber Bracken / The Narwhal…

RCMP Raids Wet’suwet’en Camps in British Columbia: “Reconciliation is Dead”

M. Tiahui Indigenous people and allies who support Indigenous sovereignty have taken to the streets throughout Canada in response to multiple raids on peaceful encampments in Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with guns, dogs and helicopters have conducted raids against Wet’suwet’en clan camps. The camps, located along a road in…

Increasing Peril for Latin America’s Activists and Indigenous Leaders

Ramona Wadi Indigenous people, environmental and human rights activists remain at risk of assassination in Latin America. In Nicaragua, 6 indigenous people were killed by settlers as the struggle over land continues. The indigenous communities have complained of government inaction over the settlers’ seizing of land and violence, expressing fear of extermination. Meanwhile within a…