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Protecting Our Food, Our Environment, and Our Rights

In November 2015, Indigenous people from around the world gathered at the Indigenous Terra Madre in India to showcase their cultural food systems and discuss efforts to protect their food sovereignty against the impacts of globalization. Many voices expressed the sacred relations and interconnectedness of people, animals, and the natural environment as a holistic concept of life at the center of food sovereignty.

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40-1 “Annexed” - The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Paris Climate Change Talks (March 2016)

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

T he United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has evolved into one of the most significant annual sessions of international affairs for Indigenous Peoples to shape the agenda, speak out for rights, and secure specific language in the adopted agreements. While the ink on the Paris Agreement is still drying, it is imperative to understand the international climate change institution and begin preparing for Marrakesh in November 2016.

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Michael Johnson: Director of Development

Meet Michael Johnson, Cultural Survival’s new director of development. He has more than seven years of experience as a successful fundraiser for national Native American nonprofit organizations, including the American Indian College Fund and the Notah Begay III Foundation, and as a senior program officer working with at risk young men and environmental stewardship at First Nations Development Institute.

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Rebirthing the Tradition of Pysankas: Ganna Nepyivoda

Ganna Nepyivoda, a professor at the M. Boichuk Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine, represents the culture of the Hutsuls, an ethno-cultural group of Ukrainian highlanders. For centuries, the Hutsuls have inhabited the Carpathian mountains and are associated with the colorful and sophisticated craftsmanship of their embroidery, carpet weaving, and egg decorating.

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Securing the Bounty of Mother Earth: Interviews With Terra Madre Delegates

Indigenous Food as Medicine DAPHNE MILLERPhysician and associate clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco

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Indigenous Terra Madre Spotlights Custodians of Biodiversity and Foodways

On a precipitous mountain slope in Laitsohpliah, a woman from the matrilineal Khasi tribe grasped finger millet in her hands, a cereal cultivated in India for over 2,000 years that is teeming with calcium and protein. We were in Meghalaya, a state in Northeast India famed for its stunning biodiversity, dizzying mountainous vistas, and a beguiling name that means the abode of clouds.

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Tom Goldtooth: Defending the Sacred

Tom Goldtooth (Diné and Dakota), the executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), was recently presented with the prestigious Gandhi Peace Award.

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Interviews with Aili Keskitalo and Som Chanmony on the Paris COP21 Agreements

Aili Keskitalo (Saami)President of Saami Parlaiment in Norway

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Rodion Sulyandziga and Teanu Tuiono speak on the Paris COP21 Negotiations

Rodion Sulyandziga (Udege, from Krasnyyar, Primorski Kray, Russian Far East)Director of the Centre for the Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North (CSIPN), Russia, co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC)

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