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Defense of Territory2021-06-09T11:35:15-04:00

Defense of Territory

We support the rights of Indigenous people in regards to access to land and determination over their territories including Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.  Our efforts focus on supporting communities defending their territories, natural resources and livelihoods in the face of mining and other extractivist industries.  We echo our Guatemalan partners who see the defense of ancestral and Indigenous language, culture, historic memory, as well as individual and collective bodies as an important continuation of the defense of territory.    

Some subthemes in this area include support of communities impacted by Canadian mining companies and other extractive industries; food sovereignty; land access; and support for criminalized land defenders.

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