Indigenous peoples' knowledge can stop climate change

The Manobo people live on the Philippine island of Mindanao. The area where they live has a thriving biodiversity. Photo: Keith Bacongco. Source: Flickr.

Of: Elise Olsson

In a world where almost all of the earth's ecosystems have been disturbed by climate change and a quarter of our animal species are endangered, there are areas that have been preserved as if they were untouched - despite the presence of humans there. These areas often have a thriving biodiversity and ecosystems are even healthier than in nature reserves. The common denominator is that these are areas inhabited by indigenous peoples.

November 15, 2021, Report

The indigenous movement The Zapatistas are sailing in the reverse footsteps of the colonizers

The Zapatistas in the Solidarity House in Stockholm. Photo: Miriam Steinbach.

Of: Sigrid Wernersson

A delegation from the indigenous Mayan people of Mexico sails in the reverse footsteps of the Spanish colonizers across the Atlantic and embarks on their world tour. Dressed in traditional Mayan clothing, mouth guards and protective visors, they are undeniably a strong symbol both for the resistance of indigenous peoples and for the times we live in. But the journey is not only symbolic, but aims to bring together organizations fighting for social and environmental sustainability worldwide.

November 5, 2021, Report

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

The Amazon must not be destroyed in the shadow of the pandemic

Out with Bolsonaro, it says on the Cretan Kaingang's mouth guard. Crete Kaingang is the coordinator of Brazil's Indigenous Peoples' Association APIB. Photo: Matheus Alves

Of: Alex Brekke

The corona pandemic has diminished attention around the Amazon. Then the Brazilian government takes the opportunity to change laws to reduce the protection of the rainforest. Now it is extra important that we demand that the forest and the rights of indigenous peoples are protected, writes Alex Brekke on Amazon Watch Sweden.

June 17, 2020, Debate

Progress on the rights of indigenous women may be lost in Bolivia

Bolivia's indigenous women have gained a much better position in society during Evo Morale's time in power, writes Emil Wenlöf. Photo: Soman (CC BY-SA) and private

Of: Emil Wenlöf

The situation of women in Bolivia has improved markedly over the last thirteen years. Discriminatory laws have been changed and, for the first time in history, indigenous women have taken seats in parliament and in many other public posts. But since November, the country has had a controversial interim president who changes politics and makes racist statements against the country's indigenous peoples. The concern is great among many of the country's indigenous peoples and women.

April 15, 2020, Guest chronicle

Stop the devastation of the Amazon - support the indigenous peoples

The Amazon is vital for the earth to feel good. Alex Brekke suggests that we call it the heart of the earth. Photo: Niel Palmer / CIAT

Of: Alex Brekke

The fires in the Amazon have caused great concern around the world. The fact that the rainforest is being devastated and burning down has a major impact on our climate - and we are all responsible for that. Now we need to support all the indigenous peoples who are fighting to defend the Amazon. It is the best way to protect the rainforest, writes Alex Brekke from the organization Amazon Watch.

September 4, 2019, Debate

Ecuador's indigenous peoples marched to demand results from the government

Of: Linnea Kronebrant

On November 27, 500 people from various indigenous communities and organizations embarked on a joint trek from Puyo in the Amazon to the capital, Quito. Along the way, more and more people joined, and two weeks later, about 10 people marched into Plaza Grande, Quito, the final destination of the march, to meet Ecuador's President Lenín […]

June 11, 2018, FUF-correspondents

Las Cureñas: From local tradition to international export

Of: Karin Carlsson

The women of the San Expedito Cooperative in Nicaragua are artists. Fifteen years ago, the art form, a legacy of the area's indigenous people, remained within the walls of the home, but thanks to their organization, their ceramics have reached not only the national but also the international market. We visited the cooperative to see how organization and entrepreneurship can create autonomy […]

June 11, 2018, FUF-correspondents

The Preservation of Sámi Heritage - A Crack in the Facade of Sweden's Moral Authority?

Sámiland. Photo: Alexander Cahlenstein, Flickr

Of: Brita Bamert

Sámieatnan duoddariid, dáid sámi mánáid ruovttu galbma geađge guorba guovlu sámi mánáid ruoktu Sámiland's wide expanses home to Sámi children cold barren rocky realm home of Sámi children These are the first lines of the Sámi Artist Sofia Jannok's song, in the English translation named Wide Open Tundra of the Sámiland. The Sámi people represent the indigenous population […]

June 4, 2018, Article, English, FUF Lund, Magazine

Europe's only indigenous people live in Sweden

Norway signed the ILO Convention 169 as early as 1990. The picture shows the Sami Parliament's plenary hall in Karasjok in Norway. Photo: Sámediggi Sami Parliament / Denis Caviglia.

Of: Kristin Blomdin and Andréa Hamdan

Sweden has not signed the Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The knowledge about the Sami exists, but it does not reach society. It turns out that the responsibility for the dissemination of knowledge has fallen on the Sami themselves, but the question is whether that is enough. It has been almost a month since the Sami National Day and we are discussing what we really know about […]

March 27, 2018, Report