Listen to the Earth, Say Indigenous Peoples
IPS, 19 November 2009

MÉRIDA, MEXICO: Representatives of the world’s indigenous communities met at a session of the Native Lands and Wilderness Council at the 9th World Wilderness Congress, held in Mérida, Mexico, from 5 to 13 November 2009. Julie Cajune, of the Flathead Nation and coordinator of the session in Mérida, said indigenous peoples should be the principal agents of conservation, but at the same time there must be mechanisms for decision-makers to hear and take into account their points of view. Wilderness lands, which in many cases are indigenous territory, are faced with problems of all kinds. A series of examples highlight how the ways the challenges are dealt with reflect the unique identity of the peoples who inhabit them. Read the article …