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This Week in Indigenous Rights 2018–12–16


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/12/16

“Thousands of participants from all walks of life, united by a passion for nature and culture, came together at the Nature and Culture Summit at the Conference of Parties 14 organised by the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity, to form an alliance devoted to saving life on earth, in all of its beauty and diversity.

COP 14 was held in November 2018, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, a land of great cultural and natural heritage, a cradle of ancient civilizations, and the birthplace of irrigated agriculture;

With deep gratitude to the Government of Egypt and the indigenous and local communities of this ancient land, Slow Food’s participation at this Global event was led by its Indigenous Network’s Advisory Board Members Raja Rymbai (ITM Councillor for South East Asia) and Dali Nolasco Cruz(ITM Councillor for Latin America).”


“A movement to make sharing of traditional foods easier for Indigenous peoples in urban environments is underway in Canada.

A group calling itself Indigenous Food in the City has been hosting workshops across the country to encourage conversation on the issue.

The organization said many Indigenous communities have identified legal and other barriers to traditional food harvesting and sharing activities, particularly in urban settings.”


“The Ontario government has slashed the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) nearly in half — from $5 million to $2.75 million.

The move, which the province has characterized as “a review,” comes five months after Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government cancelled sessions to update the Ontario school curriculum with Indigenous content. Both the curriculum update and the ICF were responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).

Four Indigenous women who administer the ICF have also been laid off, effectively suspending activity within the program.”


“TORONTO — Indigenous people will no longer have to swear allegiance to the Queen when they’re elected to civic office after the Ontario government created a new municipal oath.

The change comes after an Indigenous councillor-elect in a northern Ontario town was nearly forced to vacate his recently won seat because he wouldn’t pledge allegiance to the Crown.

Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark said in a statement Tuesday he was made aware of Gaetan Baillargeon’s case and asked ministry staff to create an alternate oath that would better reflect the views of Indigenous people.”



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