Traditional grain houses inside a village chief’s residential complex in West Java, Indonesia.
The Conversation’s senior religion and ethics editor traveled the world to learn more about Indigenous populations. See one piece of what she discovered.
Land ownership disputes are a common feature in Ghana’s legal system.
Reforms to land policies and regulations are enabling the traditional custodians of the land in Ghana to transfer ownership. Communal land users could lose their basic rights.
An Indigenous flag flies in front of Parliament during the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Sept. 30, 2021. To live up to the intentions of UNDRIP, Canada must work with Indigenous communities to change harmful laws.
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To fully implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Canada must engage in genuine and inclusive law reform.
Nigeria’s economy needs to diversify away from oil.
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There should be a better long-term strategy for foreign direct investments in Nigeria that’s not tied to its oil reserves.
People hold candles at a vigil remembering the victims of a mass stabbing attack in Saskatchewan.
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To fully understand what led to the stabbings in James Smith Cree Nation, we need to look at how the legacy of settler colonial violence impacts Indigenous communities.
In NSW and wider Australia, there is a history of First Nations people fighting for land rights. However, while there have been successes, there are a significant number of unprocessed claims in NSW.
Senate Inquiry report “A way forward” recommended Aboriginal heritage protection be co-designed with Aboriginal people. However WA’s new Aboriginal Heritage Act seems to prioritise mining interests.
Western Australia’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 is set to become law. But the new legislation states one elected official will decide whether heritage sites are destroyed for development.
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How can we improve the management of Queensland’s heritage sites? Can farming and the conservation of Aboriginal heritage co-exist?
More than 100 nations have pledged to end deforestation by 2030. But there’s no mention of the need for Indigenous people to give their prior informed consent.
Aboriginal people from Daly River gather water lily stems, flowers and seeds in a billabong. They also feel for long-neck turtles with their feet.
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History is being repeated with the Northern Territory government finding ways to stop Aboriginal people from gaining access to water to use or trade.
Oil and gas extraction can have dire consequences for the countries in which it takes place.
Colonialism, political turmoil and unmet citizen promises all lie behind the rise of attacks on foreign-run fossil fuel plants in Mozambique.
Input subsidies aren’t helping women like Malawian farmer Grace Stenala.
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Malawi’s revamped subsidy regime is designed to reach many more farmers. But a granular look shows that women aren’t reaping the benefits.
Conflicts between nomadic livestock farmers and crop farmers are common in Ghana.
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Institutional problems make it difficult to satisfy livestock and crop farmers’ interests, already in contest over agricultural resources.
The community of Xolobeni village, in the Eastern Cape, succeesfully challenged the mining of their land in the High Court in 2018.
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Traditional leaders do not adequately represent the interests of rural communities in dealing with mining companies.
Area of Bigstone Cree Nation cultural trail that has been logged.
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Part of an Indigenous ancestral trail was cleared by a logging company last summer, despite it being a protected cultural site under Alberta law.
South Africa produces about 16% of sub-Saharan Africa’s maize.
As African economies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, governments should explore technologies like global positioning systems and blockchain for use in the registration of land rights.
Discussing and agreeing on the boundaries of the community concession is a key first step towards official status for these communities in Yanonge, DRC.
Forests must improve communities’ livelihoods to rise as a sustainable management solution
Large estates in Vietnam were collectivised.
Land reform has always been closely tied to shifts in the wider political economy of countries.
Mary Jane Cain (centre) with granddaughters Miley Barker and Molly Chatfield and her great niece Josephine.
The sun dancin' : people and place Coonabarabran (Aboriginal Studies Press, 1994)
In the late 1880s, Gomeroi woman Mary Jane Cain began petitioning Britain for land rights. A matriarch and Queen to her people, she recovered 600 acres that became home to displaced Aboriginal families.