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Global Community of Indigenous Peoples

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Indigenous Peoples

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of Global Community of Indigenous Peoples

indigenous interests intellectual property rights LAND RIGHTS culture biopiracy
genomes Problems:
history: colonization, etc.
discriminatory legislation
environmental degradation
preserve heritage rights
communal lands Indigenous people "Indigenous peoples are any ethnic
group who inhabit a geographic
region with which they have the
earliest known historical connection."
--Wikipedia Contemoprary Case study: case study: s. africa Hoodia cactus = appetite suppressant for San
CSIR learned of plant and patented
Sold to pharm co., told them tribe was extinct
Settled in court, but hardly fair Examples of Indigenous groups The Americas Africa Asia Europe Middle East Oceania Shammar San Tuareg Pygmy In April, 2010, the Brazilian government granted a consoritum of nine energy companies permission to develop a hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River. Despite low predicted returns, this dam will be accompanied by significant environmental damage as well as serious implications for indigenous people. This project will displace many indigenous people of the Xikrin Kayapo tribe, who are currently planning protests against it. Xikrin Kayapo Inuit Navaho Urarina Ainu Qashqai Khinalug Sami Basque Huli Marshallese Chamorros Importance of land:
community and culture
religious significance Solutions:
education of legislators and indigenous leaders
involvement of indigenous leaders in legislative processes
cooperative review of legislation to ensure rejection of discrimination
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