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In what promised to be the most widespread protest by First Nations in Canada since Idle No More, Indigenous peoples staged a massive boycott intended to temporarily freeze the nation’s economy. At least twenty-two scheduled rallies, peaceful protests and events were held in various counties, communities and cities around Canada including Vancouver and Toronto on Friday February 13, 2015, in order to spread knowledge and educate passersby of the violations committed against Indigenous Peoples in Canada and demand justice.

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After realizing that the Maasai living in Nakuru County have vowed not to move from their ancestral lands to give room for geothermal extraction, the Kenyan government has reverted to the old ways of using the legal system to ensure that the Maasai not only lose the land but will also not be given a fair hearing in land cases they have filed. This is the case when the High Court in Nakuru ruled that the Maasai have no legal right to occupy the land and therefore dismissed the case with costs.

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By early December of 2014, in the northern Chaco region of Paraguay, bulldozers from the Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC) were scheduled to open their way through the thick forest into Cerro León, a unique geological formation at the center of the Defensores del Chaco National Park, the largest protected forested area in the country.

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After months of government threats, eviction became a reality yesterday for the Maasai of Loliondo, Tanzania, in the Western Serengeti. According to reports from a Maasai source in Tanzania, Tanzanian government forces have entered villages and Maasai homes have been burned. The evictions reportedly started on Thursday, February 12 and continued through today.

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On February 5, 2015, in partnership with Cultural Survival, the International Center for Journalism (ICFJ) hosted a training in Antigua, Guatemala for community radio volunteers as a part of ICFJ’s Investigative Reporting Initiative for the Americas. The goal of the workshop was to enhance the reporting and technological skills of community radio operators in Guatemala. Thirty radio volunteers working in various community media projects were selected to participate. The majority of the participants also work in promoting human rights relevant to their communities and in revitalizing local languages and traditions.

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Two people killed, four government officials arrested as Maasai protest mismanagement of resources in Narok County, Kenya.

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In Taiwan, 'Oppose Meiliwan' has been the battle cry of a wide-ranging coalition of eco-activists, Indigenous rights groups and everyday citizens for more than a decade. Meiliwan, which means 'beautiful bay', comes from the Chinese name for the Miramar Resort Village, a five-star beachside property development at the tiny seaside hamlet of Shanyuan (杉原) ten miles north of Taitung City.

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Indigenous communities have mobilized to occupy 14 oil wells in Lot 192, the largest oil concession in Peru, which is operated by the Argentine company Pluspetrol.

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The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reviewed Colombia on January 21, 2015. The Colombian Development Plan for the next four years were structured around the key pillars of peace, equity, and education, and Colombia has increased its investment in children from $1.3 billion in 2011 to $2 billion in 2014. Despite these improvements, Colombia is still challenged with addressing inequalities among regions and groups, particularly in regards to Indigenous Peoples.

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Together, We Can Support Indigenous Communities in Nepal

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Cultural Survival is not a disaster relief organization. We work towards a world in which the rights of Indigenous Peoples are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

Bikalpa Gyan Kedra, an organization in Nepal founded by our Board Member Stella Tamang offers alternative educational opportunities to Indigenous girls and is not a disaster relief organization either, but since the earthquake they have been acting as a shelter to 300 local families. They need basic items like drinking water and food.

Radio Kairan in Kubu-Kasthali is asking for help with purchasing a power generator to get his community radio station back up and running to provide an essential means of communication for villagers on relief efforts as well as to power his community. Cost for this generator would be about $2,500

We have set up a special fund to assist our Indigenous contacts in Nepal. With your help, we can provide some limited assistance to our friends in desperate need.

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