Join the Global Indigenous Peoples’ Days of Action on Energy on November 9 and 10, 2013!


Indigenous peoples join various organizations, groups and peoples worldwide in denouncing dirty and harmful, destructive and capitalist energy on the Global Month of Action on Energy from October 11 to November 11, 2013.

Approximately 370 million indigenous peoples occupy 20 percent of the earth’s territory, in areas of high biological diversity and rich natural resources, and where the world’s remaining forests are found. We indigenous peoples share an intrinsic relationship with our lands and territories which define our spiritual, cultural, social and economic well-being.  We nurture, defend and preserve our lands, territories and natural resources for use and enjoyment by our future generations. But while we are known as the historic stewards of the environment, we remain marginalized, and our lands and territories are continuously treated as commodities for profit without due recognition and respect of our inherent right to self-determination, self-determined sustainable development, and overall collective rights as indigenous peoples to our traditional lands, territories and resources.

Energy projects and extractive industries, often State-backed and corporate-controlled, are the top violators of indigenous peoples’ rights to lands, territories and resources as these also directly affect our culture and identity. Militarization of our territories or the deployments of State military troops in project areas worsens this situation, resulting in various types of human rights violations. All these essentially bear ethnocidal effects on indigenous peoples in different parts of the world.

We are also the least contributor to climate change but are among the most vulnerable on the devastating impacts of the climate crisis. Our sustainable ways of living, traditional knowledge and practices, and cultural values are viable solutions to the climate crisis and alternative to the profit-driven development paradigm as proven through time.

We resist destructive and capitalist energy projects 

Energy systems are among the so-called development projects being imposed in our lands and territories – large dams and hydro-power projects, coal mining, oil extraction, natural gas, geothermal energy, nuclear power, among others. These bear grave impacts on us and the natural environment with which we depend on for our economic and socio-cultural survival. Thus, we are currently protesting the ongoing operations and proposed energy projects, like the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil, Mapithel Dam in Manipur, India; series of large dams along the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, and numerous large dams in Malaysia; dams and geothermal energy in the Philippines and other countries; tar sands in Canada; oil projects in Colombia, Ecuador, Nigeria, Myanmar, Indonesia; and many more.

A recent trend in the energy industry is an upsurge in so-called renewable energy projects that are implemented in our territories in the form of hydro-power, run-of-river, geothermal, solar, and wind energy projects. However, big corporations, governments and other independent power producers are the ones that own, control and manage these projects that serve primarily for their interests.  They outrightly manipulate our Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and plunder our natural resources.  An outstanding example of this is Chevron, a notorious US-owned energy company that operates globally, in its geothermal energy projects in the Cordillera, Philippines. Thus, for us indigenous peoples, renewable energy may not necessarily be clean, green, and beneficial to the people. It can lead to the plunder of our natural resources and land grabbing. Any “renewable energy” that is geared towards profit and result in the plunder of our territories and resources is unacceptable to us.

Energy is vital in fulfilling basic human needs and rights. However, the prevailing capitalist-driven and unsustainable energy system does not address indigenous peoples’ development, needs and rights. It poses threats to our existence. It also exacerbates the worsening climate crisis, being the largest and fastest growing contributor of Greenhouse Gas Emissions – 35% of all human GHG emissions come from the energy sector.

Our alternatives

For energy and development to be sustainable, viable and appropriate to indigenous peoples, it underpins the recognition and respect of our collective rights to our lands, territories, resources, and right of self determination, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent. It must empower and free us from poverty, injustice, marginalization, oppression and exploitation. It produces only what the people need, not for capitalist profit and greed. It must be socially equitable and just, in harmony with nature and Mother Earth, and responsible for the interest and welfare not only of the present but also of future generations. The following are some of our alternative proposals:

  • Community-owned and managed, clean and environment-friendly, and sustainable renewable energy systems, directly addressing basic needs of the people for food production and processing, lighting, cooking, communication, livelihood, light industry, and other basic energy needs. An example of this is micro-hydro power which is planned, designed, managed and controlled by an indigenous community through their community organization.
  • Power system and energy infrastructure appropriate to the needs, culture,  and condition of indigenous communities such as decentralized energy system
  • Promote a sustainable and self determined energy development for indigenous peoples and an alternative energy framework geared towards addressing peoples’ needs and not for profit
  • Energy systems that ensure equitable access for all people
  • Powering systems of production, distribution and consumption that are compatible with the limits of the planet and are aimed at meeting the needs of peoples rather than the relentless pursuit of profit

Join us in the Global IP Days of Action on Energy on November 9 and 10, 2013

On these significant dates, let us commemorate the legacy and martyrdom of indigenous peoples who bravely fought for our lands and territories like Ken Saro Wiwa, an indigenous activist, environmentalist and human rights defender of the Ogoni people of Ogoniland in Nigeria. Let us collectively demand the following:

  • Respect indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination, and to land, territories and resources
  • Uphold indigenous peoples’ self-determined and sustainable development
  • Respect and ensure genuine implementation of Free, Prior and Informed Consent
  • Stop the militarization of indigenous territories where energy projects and other extractive industries are found
  • Prosecute energy corporations and States responsible for violations of human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights
  • Stop the operations of destructive energy systems
  • Cancel new energy projects in indigenous lands and territories
  • Provide just compensation to affected indigenous communities
  • Reorient the capitalist energy system. Stop the commodification, privatization and deregulation of energy.
  • Repeal State laws and policies on the energy sector that are inconsistent with indigenous peoples rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and other international human rights standards

We urge you to do any one or more of the following:

  • Circulate statements to the public and the press/media
  • Send letters of concern to policy-makers
  • Post photos/qoutes/statements/messages via Facebook, Twitter, personal blogs, websites, other social media
  • Organize press interviews/conferences
  • Hold protest actions
  • Hold public fora, community discussions, other educational activities
  • Establish campaign and advocacy networks and alliances on indigenous peoples issues on energy

For a coordinated action, please inform us through the address below of any activity you intend to do during the  Global IP Days of Action on Energy.

Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) Secretariat. Email:, Telephone: +63 74 3044239. Fax: +63 74 443 7159.

The Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) is a global movement of grassroots-based indigenous peoples organizations, communities and advocates to defend our inherent rights to land, life, self-determination, for liberation from State oppression and human rights violations, and for social justice.

IPMSDL Co-organizes Indigenous Peoples’ Workshop on Aid and Development Effectiveness in Alta, Norway

June 12, 2013, Alta, Norway – The Indigenous Peoples’ Workshop on Aid and Development Effectiveness, a side event of the Global Indigenous Peoples’ Preparatory Conference on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples was successfully held in Alta, Norway on June 12, 2013. Around 40 Indigenous Peoples from various countries attended the said event initiated by the Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL). This side event is the third of a series of workshops successfully conducted starting April this year regarding indigenous peoples, and the Aid and Development Effectiveness. The first one was held in Baguio City, Philippines and the second was held during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.

The participants to the side event showed their interest on the presentations of the speakers as they also raised their concerns and experiences on their own engagements in aid and development processes. Mr. Antonio Tujan Jr. of the IBON International and the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness presented the over-view on Effectiveness in Development Cooperation. Ms. Joan Carling, the secretary general of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact discussed the concrete experiences and engagement of the Indigenous Peoples in Asia in accessing Official Development Assistance ODA and other Development Aid. On the other hand, Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) from Nigeria focused on the actual experiences and lessons of indigenous peoples in Africa in relation to the topic. Ms. Anne Nuorgam, the Vice President of the Saami Council and Ragnhild Nystad, the president of the Mama Sara Education Foundation for Maasai Children graced the event with their presence and even shared their work in providing development aid to Indigenous Peoples of the developing countries. The speakers encourage the Indigenous Peoples to familiarize themselves on Aid and Development Effectiveness to actively engage on its discourses and processes.

“Indigenous Peoples should engage in Aid and development effectiveness discourses, but it should be based on our self-determined and sustainable development. In order to build a stronger and productive partnership with the CSOs on this discourses and processes, they should be continuously educated on the Indigenous Peoples’ concrete concerns and situations,” said Mr. Windel Bolinget, IPMSDL Spokesperson and Cordillera Peoples Alliance Chairperson, who was moderating the side event.

Together with IPMSDL, the side event was co-organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN), Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), and the Saami Council of Norway.

June 12, is also the last day of the Global Indigenous Peoples’ Preparatory Meeting on WCIP where in the Alta outcome document, crafted by the Indigenous Peoples themselves was affirmed by the 600 Indigenous Peoples present in the meeting in Alta, Norway. The rights of Indigenous Peoples to development cooperation aid was incorporated in this document which will be submitted to the United Nations High Level Plenary Meeting, known as the WCIP, in September 2014 in New York.#

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Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) participates in Alta Conference 2013

IPMSDL Spokesperson Mr. Windel Bolinget delivers a message during the plenary session of the Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference on the WCIP
IPMSDL Spokesperson Mr. Windel Bolinget delivers a message during the plenary session of the Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference on the WCIP

June 12, 2013, Alta, Norway – The Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) joined over 600 indigenous peoples worldwide that gathered here from June 10-12, 2013 for the Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) 2014, also known as the Alta Conference. Hosted by the Sami Parliament of Norway, the Alta Conference aims to provide a platform for indigenous peoples (IPs) to collectively discuss and unite on the issues and recommendations to the WCIP 2014.

The Alta Conference will result in an outcome document which will serve as the official statement and position of indigenous peoples worldwide that will be forwarded to the High Level Plenary Meeting, known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014 in New York.

“Among the current discourses at the international level that indigenous peoples have to engage is on development processes, particularly on Aid and Development Effectiveness that is closely linked to sustainable development and on the Post-2015 development agenda. It is important for Indigenous Peoples to participate in development discourses and processes as we have very limited access to development while we are among the most affected peoples on the projects where funding is directed,” said Mr. Windel Bolinget, IPMSDL Spokesperson and Chairperson of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA).

In between official sessions of the Alta Conference, caucuses and side events were organized to discuss specific themes relevant to Indigenous Peoples. IPMSDL has organized a side event entitled Indigenous Peoples’ Workshop on Aid and Development Effectiveness to take place in the afternoon of June 12, 2013 at the Brattholmen, Finnmark University College, Alta. This side event is part of the series of workshops successfully conducted this year on Aid and Development Effectiveness. The first one was held in Baguio City, Philippines in April, and another activity was held as a side event during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Twelfth Session in New York in May. With IPMSDL, these activities are organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN), Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). The Saami Council is co-organizing the side event in Alta, Norway, while Land is Life co-organized the side event during the UNPFII in New York.

On the first day of the conference on June 10, IPMSDL Secretariat member Ms. Marifel Macalanda of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN) presented the experiences and perspectives of indigenous youth on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in a side event on Realization of the UNDRIP in Asia which was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact.

On June 11, IPMSDL Spokesperson Mr. Bolinget, presented the experiences of IPs in the Philippines on business and human rights in during a side event entitled UN Guiding principles on business and human rights, Indigenous Peoples and business organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The concerns raised in this side event were presented in the plenary session of the Alta Conference.

The IPMSDL is a global movement of grassroots-based indigenous peoples organizations, communities and advocates found in different parts of the world, that aims to fight for the recognition and respect of all our inherent rights as indigenous peoples to land, life, self-determination, liberation from State oppression and human rights violations, and social justice. CPA and APIYN currently compose the secretariat of IPMSDL.

IPMSDL members and other IP organizations who are participating in the Alta Conference will convene later today to discuss and unite on strategies in advancing urgent IP concerns on our self-determination as indigenous peoples such as the issue on development.#


IPMSDL participation in KARI-OCA 2. Rio de Janeiro Brazil, June 2012
IPMSDL participation in KARI-OCA 2. Rio de Janeiro Brazil, June 2012



We, the Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth assembled at the site of Kari-Oka I, sacred Kari-Oka Púku, Rio de Janeiro to participate in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, thank the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil for welcoming us to their territories. We reaffirm our responsibility to speak for the protection and enhancement of the well being of Mother Earth, nature and future generations of our Indigenous Peoples and all humanity and life. We recognize the significance of this second convening of Indigenous Peoples of the world and reaffirm the historic 1992 meeting of the Kari-Oca I, where Indigenous Peoples issued The Kari-Oca Declaration and the Indigenous Peoples Earth Charter. The Kari-Oca conference, and the mobilization of Indigenous Peoples around the first UN Earth Summit, marked a big step forward for an international movement for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and the important role that Indigenous Peoples play in conservation and sustainable development. We also reaffirm the Manaus  Declaration on the convening of Kari-Oca 2 as the international gathering of Indigenous Peoples for Rio+20.

The Institutionalization of Colonialism 

We see the goals of UNCSD Rio+20, the “Green Economy” and its premise that the world can only “save” nature by commodifying its life giving and life sustaining capacities as a continuation of the colonialism that Indigenous Peoples and our Mother Earth have faced and resisted for 520 years. The “Green Economy” promises to eradicate poverty but in fact will only favor and respond to multinational enterprises and capitalism. It is a continuation of a global economy based upon fossil fuels, the destruction of the environment by exploiting nature through extractive industries such as mining, oil exploration and production, intensive mono-culture agriculture, and other capitalist investments. All of these efforts are directed toward profit and the accumulation of capital by the few.

Since Rio 1992, we as Indigenous Peoples see that colonization has become the very basis of the globalization of trade and the dominant capitalist global economy. The exploitation and plunder of the world’s ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as the violations of the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples that depend on them, have intensified. Our rights to self-determination, to our own governance and own self-determined development, our inherent rights to our lands, territories and resources are increasingly and alarmingly under attack by the collaboration of governments and transnational corporations. Indigenous activists and leaders defending their territories continue to suffer repression, militarization, including assassination, imprisonment, harassment and vilification as “terrorists.” The violation of our collective rights faces the same impunity. Forced relocation or assimilation assault our future generations, cultures, languages, spiritual ways and relationship to the earth, economically and politically.

We, Indigenous Peoples from all regions of the world have defended our Mother Earth from the aggression of unsustainable development and the overexploitation of our natural resources by mining, logging, mega-dams, exploration and extraction of petroleum. Our forests suffer from the production of agro-fuels, bio-mass, plantations and other impositions of false solutions to climate change and unsustainable, damaging development.

The Green Economy is nothing more than capitalism of nature; a perverse attempt by corporations, extractive industries and governments to cash in on Creation by privatizing, commodifying, and selling off the Sacred and all forms of life and the sky, including the air we breathe, the water we drink and all the genes, plants, traditional seeds, trees, animals, fish, biological and cultural diversity, ecosystems and traditional knowledge that make life on Earth possible and enjoyable.

Gross violations of Indigenous Peoples’ rights to food sovereignty continue unabated thus resulting to food “insecurity”. Our own food production, the plants that we gather, the animals that we hunt, our fields and harvests, the water that we drink and water our fields, the fish that we catch from our rivers and streams, is diminishing at an alarming rate. Unsustainable development projects, such as mono-cultural chemically intensive soya plantations, extractive industries such as mining and other environmentally destructive projects and investments for profit are destroying our biodiversity, poisoning our water, our rivers, streams, and the earth and its ability to maintain life. This is further aggravated by Climate change and hydroelectric dams and other energy production that affect entire ecosystems and their ability to provide for life.Food sovereignty is one fundamental expression of our collective right to self-determination and sustainable development. Food sovereignty and the right to food must be observed and respected; food must not be a commodity to be used, traded and speculated on for profit. It nourishes our identities, our cultures and languages, and our ability to survive as Indigenous Peoples.

Mother Earth is the source of life which needs to be protected, not a resource to be exploited and commodified as a ‘natural capital.’ We have our place and our responsibilities within Creation’s sacred order. We feel the sustaining joy as things occur in harmony with the Earth and with all life that it creates and sustains. We feel the pain of disharmony when we witness the dishonor of the natural order of Creation and the continued economic colonization and degradation of Mother Earth and all life upon her. Until Indigenous Peoples rights are observed and respected, sustainable development and the eradication of poverty will not be achieved.

The Solution

This inseparable relationship between humans and the Earth, inherent to Indigenous, Peoples must be respected for the sake of our future generations and all of humanity. We urge all humanity to join with us in transforming the social structures, institutions and power relations that underpin our deprivation, oppression and exploitation. Imperialist globalization exploits all that sustains life and damages the Earth. We need to fundamentally reorient production and consumption based on human needs rather than for the boundless accumulation of profit for a few. Society must take collective control of productive resources to meet the needs of sustainable social development and avoid overproduction, overconsumption and overexploitation of people and nature which are inevitable under the prevailing monopoly capitalist system. We must focus on sustainable communities based on indigenous knowledge, not on capitalist development.

We demand that the United Nations, governments and corporations abandon false solutions to climate change, like large hydroelectric dams, genetically modified organisms including GMO trees, plantations, agrofuels, “clean” coal, nuclear power, natural gas, hydraulic fracturing, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, bioenergy, biomass, biochar, geo-engineering, carbon markets, Clean Development Mechanism and REDD+ that endanger the future and life as we know it. Instead of helping to reduce global warming, they poison and destroy the environment and let the climate crisis spiral exponentially, which may render the planet almost uninhabitable.We cannot allow false solutions to destroy the Earth’s balance, assassinate the seasons, unleash severe weather havoc, privatize life and threaten the very survival of humanity. The Green Economy is a crime against humanity and the Earth.

In order to achieve sustainable development, states must recognize the traditional systems of resource management of the Indigenous Peoples that have existed for the millennia, sustaining us even in the face of colonialism. Assuring Indigenous Peoples’ active participation in decision making processes affecting them, and their right of Free Prior and Informed Consent is fundamental. States should likewise provide support for Indigenous Peoples appropriate to their sustainability and self determined priorities without restrictions and constricting guidelines.

Indigenous youth and women’s active participation must also be given importance as they are among the most affected by the negative impacts brought by the commodification of nature. As inheritors of Mother Earth, the youth play a vital role in continuing defending what is left of their natural resources that were valiantly fought for by their ancestors. Their actions and decisions amidst the commercialization of their resources and culture will determine the future of their younger brothers and sisters and the generations to come.

We will continue to struggle against the construction of hydroelectric dams and all other forms of energy production that affect our waters, our fish, our biodiversity and ecosystems that contribute to our food sovereignty. We will work to preserve our territories from the poison of monoculture plantations, extractive industries and other environmentally destructive projects and continue our ways of life, preserving our cultures and identities. We will work to preserve our traditional plants and seeds, and maintain the balance between our needs and the needs of our Mother Earth and her life sustaining capacity. We will demonstrate to the world that it can and must be done. In all matters we will gather and organize the solidarity of all Indigenous Peoples from all parts of the world, and all other sources of solidarity with non-indigenous of good will to join our struggle for food sovereignty and food security. We reject the privatization and corporate control of resources such as our traditional seeds and food. Finally, we demand the states to uphold our rights to the control of our traditional management systems and by providing concrete support such as appropriate technologies for us to develop our food sovereignty.

We reject the false promises of sustainable development and solutions to climate change that only serve the dominant economic order. We reject REDD, REDD+ and other market-based solutions that focus on our forests, to continue the violation of our inherent rights to self determination and right to our lands, territories, waters, and natural resources, and the Earth’s right to create and sustain life. There is no such thing as “sustainable mining.” There is no such thing as “ethical oil.”

We reject the assertion of intellectual property rights over the genetic resources and traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples which results in the alienation and commodification of Sacred essential to our lives and cultures. We reject industrial modes of food production that promote the use of chemical substances, genetically engineered seeds and organisms. Therefore, we affirm our right to possess, control, protect and pass on the indigenous seeds, medicinal plants and traditional knowledge originating from our lands and territories for the benefit of our future generations.

The Future We Want

In the absence of a true implementation of sustainable development, the world is now in a multiple ecological, economic and climatic crisis; including biodiversity loss, desertification, deglaciation, food, water, energy shortage, a worsening global economic recession, social instability and crisis of values. In this sense, we recognize that much remains to be done by international agreements to respond adequately to the rights and needs of Indigenous Peoples. The actual contributions and potentials of our peoples must be recognized by a true sustainable development for our communities that allow  each one of us to Live Well.

As peoples, we reaffirm our rights to self-determination and to own, control and manage our traditional lands and territories, waters and other resources. Our lands and territories are at the core of our existence – we are the land and the land is us; we have a distinct spiritual and material relationship with our lands and territories and they are inextricably linked to our survival and to the preservation and further development of our knowledge systems and cultures, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem management.

We will exercise the right to determine and establish priorities and strategies for our self development and for the use of our lands, territories and other resources. We demand that free, prior and informed consent must be the determinant and legally binding principle of approving or rejecting any plan, project or activity affecting our lands, territories and other resources. Without the right of Free Prior and Informed Consent, the colonialist model of the domination of the Earth and its resources will continue with the same impunity.

We will continue to unite as Indigenous Peoples and build a strong solidarity and partnership among ourselves, local communities and non-indigenous genuine advocates of our issues. This solidarity will advance the global campaign for Indigenous Peoples rights to land, life and resources and in the achievement of our self-determination and liberation.

We will continue to challenge and resist colonialist and capitalist development models that promote the domination of nature, incessant economic growth, limitless profit-seeking resource extraction, unsustainable consumption and production and the unregulated commodities and financial markets. Humans are an integral part of the natural world and all human rights, including Indigenous Peoples’ rights, which must be respected and observed by development.

We invite all of civil society to protect and promote our rights and worldviews and respect natural law, our spiritualities and cultures and our values of reciprocity, harmony with nature, solidarity, and collectivity. Caring and sharing, among other values, are crucial in bringing about a more just, equitable and sustainable world. In this context, we call for the inclusion of culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development.

The legal recognition and protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples to land, territories, resources and traditional knowledge should be a prerequisite for development and planning for any and all types of adaptation and mitigation to climate change, environmental conservation (including the creation of “protected areas”), the sustainable use of biodiversity and measures to combat desertification. In all instances there must be free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples.

We continue to pursue the commitments made at Earth Summit as reflected in this political declaration. We call on the UN to begin their implementation, and to ensure the full, formal and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples in all processes and activities of the Rio+20 Conference and beyond, in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

We continue to inhabit and maintain the last remaining sustainable ecosystems and biodiversity hotspots in the world. We can contribute substantially to sustainable development but we believe that a holistic ecosystem framework for sustainable development should be promoted. This includes the integration of the human-rights based approach, ecosystem approach and culturally- sensitive and knowledge-based approaches.

We declare our solidarity and support for the demands and aspirations of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil found in the Annex to this Declaration.

We Walk in the Footsteps of our Ancestors.

Accepted by Acclamation, Kari-Oka Village, at Sacred Kari-Oka Púku, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,

17 June 2012.

Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)

“For us, our strength comes from our ancestors, our determination to succeed from our children, and our success from our unity.” – Maori Activist

Indigenous peoples have inherent rights to self-determination and collective ownership of our land, territory and resource knowledge, and to freely determine our political status and determine our own course of development appropriate to our particular situations and cultures. We have struggled to assert our rights since time immemorial.

Along the way, we have had victories as well as losses and martyrs, but we continue to struggle until today, in response to the alarming realities we continue to experience. We face serious and urgent problems including the violation of our collective rights as indigenous peoples. Government policies and neglect have led to continuing impoverishment, discrimination and deprivation of our identity. All of these amount to virtual genocide of indigenous peoples in various parts of the world, resulting in mental trauma, active population transfer, displacement, minoritization and marginalization of indigenous peoples in our own lands.

On November 8, 2010, indigenous leaders and advocates from different parts of the world united to pursue the struggle for indigenous peoples’ rights at a global level and established the international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination and Liberation on the occasion of the International Conference on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Alternatives and Solutions to the Climate Crisis held in Baguio City, Philippines from November 5-8, 2010.


The international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) is comprised of indigenous leaders and advocates from different countries in Asia, Pacific, Australia, Africa, Europe and North America.

The IPMSDL stands for the right of indigenous peoples to govern ourselves and for liberation from imperialism, state oppression and human rights violations. It aims to uphold indigenous peoples’ rights to survival, self-determination, liberation and social justice. It works for the empowerment of indigenous peoples, and for the victory of the people’s will over the powers-that-be, while respecting the legitimacy and forms of struggle and self-determination that our peoples opt to employ.

What We Do

  1. Defend our land against development aggression and plunder of our resources by mining, logging, megadams, oil exploration, biofuel and industrial plantations, politically and economically motivated population transfer and other so-called ‘development’ impositions. We shall work for the recognition and respect of indigenous peoples’ rights, including the important role of indigenous youth and women in the struggle for control and ownership over our ancestral territories and sustainable management of our resources.
  2. We say No! to all market-based mechanisms and false solutions to climate change and demand that indigenous peoples’ rights be respected worldwide in addressing the climate crisis. We call for sustainable solutions to the climate crisis, including adaptation and mitigation strategies based on indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and practices.
  3. Push for proactive government and international programs and policies in response to climate disasters affecting indigenous peoples, who are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Document successful efforts, indigenous science, traditional knowledge and practices on climate change adaptation and mitigation, especially indigenous women’s roles, and integrate these practices into our responses to climate disasters.
  4. Resist corporate monopoly and control of agriculture and all its instruments and promote biodiverse ecological agriculture. Promote community-based indigenous sustainable agricultural practices, conduct continuing study and exchange on indigenous production systems, and do policy advocacy to get governments to commit to food sovereignty.
  5. Condemn militarization, political repression, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, military invasion and occupation of ancestral lands and all forms of human rights violations perpetrated by State forces against indigenous peoples. Uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Peoples (Algiers Declaration), and other international conventions.
  6. Stop all forms of socio-economic and politically motivated population transfer in indigenous peoples territory and cease cultural genocide and ethnocide of indigenous peoples.
  7. Support the struggles of indigenous peoples for self-determination, liberation and sovereignty in its various forms. Continue to learn from each other and conduct studies on the various experiences in the exercise of self-determination.

Support the struggles of indigenous peoples. Join the international Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation now!

Represented organizations in the founding of the IPMSDL

  • Far North Queensland Indigenous Youth Advisory Committee
  • Maleya Foundation
  • Chittagong Hill Tracts Association Youth
  • Migrante British Columbia
  • International Campaign forBoroks Human Rights (ICBHR)
  • Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR)
  • Forum for Indigenous Perspectives and Action
  • Jarkhand Indigenous Youth for Action
  • Indonesian Scholars and Leaders Council
  • Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN)
  • International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) Asia Pacific
  • Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS Trust)
  • Nepal Taman Student Acd.
  • Nepal Indigenous Nationalities Student Federation
  • Nepal Indigenous Peoples Forum
  • Pacific Indigenous Peoples Environment Coalition
  • Ogoni Solidarity Forum (OSF)
  • IBON International
  • People’s Movement on Climate Change (PMCC)
  • Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN)
  • Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (AGHAM)
  • Tumandok Solidarity Network
  • Suara Bangsamoro
  • Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC)
  • Moro Christian Peoples Alliance (MCPA)
  • Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP)
  • ANIDO UP Diliman
  • Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA)
  • Serve the People Brigade Cordillera Disaster Response Network
  • Katribu Indigenous Peoples Partylist
  • Innabuyog
  • Dapayanti Kultura iti Kordilyera (DKK
  • Kilusang Mayo Uno Kordilyera (KMU-Cordillera)
  • Cordillera Womens Education and Research Center (CWEARC)
  • Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC)
  • Montanosa Research and Development Center (MRDC)
  • Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM)
  • Kakailian Salakniban Tay Nagtaduan(KASTAN)
  • Insight Share
  • Land is Life
  • Yayasan Anak Dusun Papua (YADUPA)
  • West Papua National Authority
  • People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS)
  • Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN-AP)
  • Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development
  • International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests



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