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Draft Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 3:41 pm    Post subject: Draft Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People Reply with quote

"Mother Earth, Father Sky, and all of Creation, including human, plant and animal relatives are part of the natural order and regulated by natural laws. Each has a unique role and is a critical part of the whole that is Creation. Each is sacred, respected, and a unique living being with its own right to survive and each plays an essential role in the survival and health of the natural world.

As sovereign peoples and nations, we have an inherent right to self determination protected through inherent rights and upheld through treaties and other binding agreements. As indigenous peoples, our consent and approval are necessary in all negotiations and activities that have direct and indirect impact on our lands, ecosystems, waters, other natural resources and our human bodies.

Human beings are a part of the natural order. Our role and responsibility as human beings, is to live peacefully and in a harmonious balance with all life. Our cultures are based on this harmony, peace and ecological balance.

The Creator has given us a sacred responsibility to protect and care for the land and all of life, as well as to safeguard its well being for future generations to come.

Indigenous peoples have the right to control access to our traditional knowledge, innovations and practices, which constitute the basis for the maintenance of our lifestyles and future."

-The Draft Declaration of the rights of Indigenous Peoples
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