Monday, December 6, 2010

Native Americans in heart of peoples' climate dialogues

Now in progress at the Cancun Climate Summit: Casey Camp, Ponca, on a panel at Dialogo Climatico, Climate Dialogue, Monday morning. Photo copyright Brenda Norrell.
Watch this panel live now, Monday morning on Red Road Cancun:
Casey Camp, Ponca from Oklahoma, speaking at the Dialogo Climatico, said, "I come from occupied territory." Camp said she was honored to bring the voices of the Ponca people to Cancun from their sacred lands.
Camp spoke of the genocide and false promises of the United States, and how the US promised it would help the Ponca to keep their land sacred.
Camp described the traditional way of life, fishing and hunting, and how the Ponca breathe the same breath of all in nature.
Camp said the Ponca have treaties, but these were never honored by the United States. She spoke of their history and the displacement of the Ponca people. From the beginning, the Ponca were pressured to be apart of the colonizers, the oppressors, she said.
"They didn't understand the water is not for sale, the land is not for sale," she said of the US colonizers.
"They took our lands, they chopped down our trees," she said. She described how their lands were sold to white farmers who poisoned their land.
Now, the water is too polluted to fish, the land is too polluted to grow food.
Today, major corporations around the world are selling the world false solutions, which will lead to the loss of lands and loss of forests for Indigenous Peoples. The false solutions of global carbon trading -- carbon credits and REDDs -- are the same trickery which the United States used to steal the land and forests of the Ponca people, she said.

Cancun: Native Americans in heart of peoples climate dialogue
By Brenda Norrell
CANCUN -- Native Americans from the United States and First Nations from Canada are gathered with Indigenous Peoples from around the world at the UN Climate Summit in Cancun, engaged in dialogue to protect Mother Earth and halt the scam of carbon credits. Casey Camp, Ponca, is on an Indigenous Peoples' panel now at the Dialogo Climatico, Climate Dialogue, underway Monday.
At La Via Campesina, the Peoples Climate Movement, Ofelia Rivas, O'odham and an independent grassroots Indigenous delegate, sang a sacred water song Sunday night. A panel of Indigenous Peoples spoke on the theft of their natural resources and lands by corporations and capitalist governments.
A representative of the Zapateca community of northern Oaxaca said the governments of other countries do not need to meet in Cancun to tell them what to do. "We have respect for our own land, we have our own customs, and we are not harming the environment."
Tom Goldtooth, Navajo and Dakota, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, described the corporate scheme of REDD, which allows corporations and governments to continue polluting, and continue the genocide of Indigenous Peoples. Read article:
Speech by Ambassador Pablo Solon of the Plurinational State of BoliviaDecember 4, 2010 – Cancun, Mexico
Thank you very much, President. We would like, first of all, to emphasize the great effort put forth on the part of Margaret in presenting us this text, which we will study very carefully. We would like to express in a preliminary manner that, nonetheless, we lament the fact that the imbalances in the earlier text have not been overcome in this second version. Read more ...

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