All over the world Indigenous rights have been coming in the forefront recently, especially their rights to own their own ancestral land from where they had been ousted thanks to colonial interests. Here are some highlights:

There are more than 300 million indigenous people, in virtually every region of the world…

 

The Khoi people of South Africa highlight their cause:

 

Justin Trudeau who was in the limelight for his focus on Indigenous rights in Canada and received a full ceremonial honour at Tsuut’ina Nation on 4 March 2016 alongside Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.

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Leonardo Di Caprio has spoken twice about the rights of Indigenous people of the world this year,

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His recent Oscar acceptance speech was much applauded: ‘Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.’

 

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