Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Breaking New Ground

Freedom, for First Nations, is an achievement by Fourth World peoples, not a gift bestowed by modern states. The inherent aboriginal human rights -- acknowledged in international law through instruments like the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples -- are not privileges granted by institutions, but rather acknowledged moral, legal and ethical obligations.

The World Indigenous Peoples' Movement – organized to protect their ways of life from the states that still seek their annihilation -- is a unified and concerted effort to end genocide, while simultaneously stimulating the consciousness of mankind. The success of this initiative, depends on the voluntary cooperation of civil societies, as well as the active support of conscientious individuals worldwide.

The indigenous peoples' story – of the struggle to exist free to learn, live and prosper within a socio-political framework of conservation, cooperation and generosity -- is eloquently posed in such genres as the novels of N. Scott Momaday, the songs of Archie Roach, and the oratory of Tom Goldtooth. Through the medium of film, this noble endeavor is now breaching the wall of denial constructed by modern states; through film and the Internet, we and our friends at the Center for World Indigenous Studies are breaking new ground in this struggle.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Ahni said...

Bit of a delayed response here, but I just wanted to say thanks for making those points in the first paragraph there. Especially about the nature of rights. So few seem to realize that Indigenous rights, along with all human and environment rights, do not exist because they are written on a piece of paper and then enshrined by another. They are laws we are obligated to respect through birth.

That said, we still have a long way to go before that law can be restored. Especially if, through our efforts, we do not get to the heart of the matter, and heal the old wound. Respectfully, A

7:40 PM  
Blogger Spartacus O'Neal said...

Thanks, Ahni. This post at Fourth World Eye might also interest you:
http://fwe.cwis.org/2009/03/30/communications-in-conflict/

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Ahni said...

Thanks for the heads up! Is there anywhere online to get more info?

8:16 AM  
Blogger Spartacus O'Neal said...

http://www.cwis.org/

9:15 AM  

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