My experience in living
and working with indigenous people has given me the hope that I have - they have
taught me concretely that humans have the capacity to be marvelous, and not destructive.
--Juan Pablo Orrego
All the issues that
we face are connected. Worldwide, ecosystems are being destroyed, and indigenous
peoples are losing their homelands and their entire way of life.
I guess you could say
that we indigenous peoples are on the verge of turning it all upside down."
-- Pauline Tangiora
have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, economic,
social and cultural characteristics, as well as their legal systems, while retaining
their rights to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic,
social and cultural life of the State.
-- Article 4, from Draft Universal
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (1993)
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