‘Being indigenous is not a game. Being indigenous is a responsibility.’ 

Dear <<First Name>>,

This month we’re hearing from indigenous youth activists and filmmakers across the world.  

Young people, like Kathy Krenak from Resplendor in Brazil, are the present and future change-makers fighting for what they believe in. It is time we listen to their stories and support them in the efforts for peace and justice in their communities and countries. 

In this short video, Kathy reflects on the Rio Doce disaster. It has been described as the worst environmental disaster in Brazil's history. The rupture of the Samarco dam in Mariana in November 2015 transformed the river into a sea of toxic mud.  At just 13 years old, Kathy felt the massacre his community suffered and tells us that the Rio Doce is like a mother who needs care and protection!

We have this and two more exciting films that focus on inspiring young indigenous activists for you to watch and share. 
Youth at the Free Land Camp,
The first Youth Plenary at Free Land Camp 2018. Young indigenous people from across Brazil were able to bring the strength of new ideas to leaders and the hope of better days for indigenous peoples. 
Wounaan communities victorious protest, Panama
After suffering invasions and bloodshed in the struggle for their territory, this community camped in front of Panama's Environment Ministry insisting their demands be heard. This is their story, an important step forward in their fight!

Youth Training in Mexico

Through workshops and trainings we hope to strengthen the network of young filmmakers who can serve as spokespersons for their causes and communities, to make a common front, through their stories, with other communities around the world.

Earlier this month, we led a workshop on audiovisual production and digital media for the second time as part of the course, “Strengthening of youth for citizen participation”, organized by UNDP Mexico and Red MOCAF. 
Read about it here. 

When Nepal visited Mexico

Back in April, a government commission from Nepal traveled to Mexico, to learn about community forestry management. The aim is to reinvent the forestry companies and policies in Nepal for the benefit of the local communities.
Mexico is a global leader in Community Social Management. Local communities, supported by the government, have created viable systems of community forest enterprises that generate income and job opportunities, in a sustainable and marketable approach that benefits all. Read more about the ejidos here. 

Guatemala needs to do more to stop the killings of indigenous activists

In May of this year, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz visited Guatemala. whilst he was there, in a span of five days, three indigenous activists were killed. 
They were killed in their fight for their rights to continue owning the lands they live in and live from. Now he sheds a light on the injustice occurring in that region.​

Read the story from Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.
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