Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities struggle in Ecuador

The northernwestern Esmeraldas Province, a highly marginalized and invisibilized region, is home to the Chachi, Awá, and Épera Indigenous peoples, traditional Afro-descendant communities, and Mestizo people. Photo: Julianne Hazlewood

Of: Eleonora Moen and Leni Lindemann

Palm oil companies are detrimentally impacting rural livelihoods and biodiversity in northwestern Ecuador by extracting resources and polluting ancestral lands and rivers. Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and health hazards posed by these companies. As an act of resistance, the communities, supported by the organization Roots & Routes IC, have filed the world's first constitutionally-based Rights of Nature Lawsuit to demand justice.

May 3, 2021, Interview, Magazine

The Ignorance of Indigenous Needs

Energy infrastructure in rural areas is a threat to indigenous livelihoods Photo: Jason Blackeye / Unsplash

Of: Alice Castensson and Julia Mühlhauser

The effects of climate change endanger humans all over the world. Nonetheless, indigenous people - who contributed the least - are doubled affected. As countries are increasingly implementing adaptation strategies, renewable energy is often raised as the solution - with large projects being constructed in rural areas. This however overlooks the interests of indigenous peoples living in these areas.

April 29, 2021, Interview, Magazine

In the wake of the movie ROMA

An elderly woman in domestic work, Mexico. Photo: Lorna Brooks, Flickr.

Of: Carlos Ranero and Charlotte German

The film ROMA portrays the life of an indigenous woman in Mexico and has sparked a debate about the working conditions for indigenous domestic workers in the country. Discrimination, violence and no working security are some of the risks that make up the daily work life for many of the marginalized women.

April 9, 2019, English, Magazine

No Space for 'Otherness'

A hijra

A hijra (term for individuals in South Asia who feel neither male nor female) at the annual Transgender Festival in Koovagam, India, in 2017. Photo: Lingeswaran Marimuthukumar, Flickr.

Of: Hanna Geschewski and Lauren Tropeano

What happens if you do not behave like your gender 'should'? Examples from Native American, Indian and Iranian cultures highlight that gender is diverse, but that the acknowledgment of gender variance does not necessarily make us inclusive.

December 10, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

Who defines Native and Indigenous Populations?

Indigenous and native groups have become minorities in areas they've historically controlled. Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank, Flickr.

Of: Fredrik Björksten

A couple of centuries ago, there was really no need to talk about either indigenous or native populations. People were then, by definition, all natives to where they were born and lived. However, as colonialism started to spread across the globe, people with roots dating back centuries was being pushed away for the sake of […]

October 26, 2018, Editorial, English, Magazine

“Break the silence, end the violence”

Another missing and murdered indigenous women's march in Minnesota, 2017 Source: Flickr

Of: Louise Gripenberg and Maria Ricksten

In the beginning of October 2018, another march for indigenous rights was held in Montreal, Canada. Hundreds gathered to remind politicians and police officers of the missing and murdered indigenous women. Canada's long history of ethnic discrimination continues to echo today alongside the government's failure to address this structural violence.

October 26, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

Indigenous Land in Ecuador Under Threat, Again

A Kichwa girl carrying her sack tumpline style near the Jondachi river in Ecuador.
Photo: Tomas Munita / CIFOR, Flickr.

Of: Johanna Caminati Engström and Lisa Elamson

In the last decade, progress has been made for the rights of the indigenous people of Ecuador. But despite a favorable legal context and numerous promises made by the government, their rights are still under threat by foreign economic interests.

October 26, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

How Indigenous Food Sovereignty Leads to Sustainability

A woman from an agrarian indigenous community in Puente Viejo, Guatemala. Photo: Ryan Brown / UN Women, Flickr.

Of: Carolina Yang

In the field of agriculture where production is the major appeal, a lens from the indigenous perspectives provides opportunities to relieve the unprecedented environmental stress imposed by industrial agriculture. Rather than over-simplified food system, sustainability will be more reachable if native wisdom is applied in celebration of diversity.

October 26, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

Is UNESCO's work with indigenous people changing for the better?

Woman from the Mong Tribe in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, drawing designs on a piece of cloth.
Photo: Justin Vidamo, Flickr.

Of: Alexandra Håkansson Schmidt and Linda Sebbas

For the last decades UNESCO has been criticized for not tending to indigenous rights. The World Heritage convention has, despite its aim, resulted in devastating consequences for indigenous peoples. Signs of change in their work can be detected, but will it be enough?

October 26, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

The Flip side of Natural Resources: Brief stories from India and Alaska

Indigenous women collecting grass for their cattle in Kathonibari, Kaziranga National Park.
Photo: Eleonora Fanari & Pranab Doley.

Of: Hanna Geschewski and Vittorio Capici

The loss of Indigenous peoples' natural resource base is often associated with rainforest clearing, dam projects and the mining industry. But it is not always the infamous multinational corporations that drive native peoples from their lands. Two examples from India and Alaska illustrate how public conservation policies and inter-indigenous conflicts threaten communities and identities.

October 26, 2018, Article, English, Magazine