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Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference for the "World Conference on Indigenous Peoples"

altaconferenceIndigenous Peoples and Nations representing the 7 global geo-political regions met from June 10 - 12 in Alta, Norway. The purpose was to exchange views and proposals and develop collective recommendations on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, which will convene in New York, 22 – 23 September 2014. They prepared an outcome document, which sets forth our recommendations along with the historical and current context of Indigenous Peoples.

June 10, 2013 | Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference


From the Preamble

As the original and distinct Peoples and Nations of our territories we abide by natural laws and have our own laws, spirituality and world views. We have our own governance structures, knowledge systems, values and the love, respect and lifeways, which form the basis of our identity as Indigenous Peoples and our relationship with the natural world.

Indigenous Peoples have been instrumental in the advocacy for and recognition of human rights including the collective and individual human rights of Indigenous Peoples and have participated in international forums and processes. This has, among other things, resulted in the adoption of the ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (herein after referred to as the Declaration), the establishment of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

For centuries, we Indigenous Peoples have faced and continue to face colonization of our lands, territories, resources, air, ice, oceans and waters, mountains and forests. This has resulted in patterns of domination, exploitation and subjugation of our Peoples. Such patterns can be traced to claims of discovery and conquest, papal bulls, royal charters, “manifest destiny” and other erroneous and legally invalid doctrines.

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