The traditional owners have won widespread support for their fight to protect Djab Wurrung Country and their sacred trees.
Djab Wurrung Embassy
Laws in other countries recognise 'rights of nature'. But even trees sacred to Indigenous Australian communities have no special protection.
The commercial interests of Adani prevailing over the rights of the Wangan and Jagalingou people show the fragility of native title.
Dan Peled/AAP Image
The deep politics of racial division is at play when governments position mining as in the public interest, with Indigenous land owners obstructive of that interest.
Members of the Huni Kuin community survey the damage after a fire on August 22.
Centro Huwã Karu Yuxibu via Facebook
Huwã Karu Yuxibu, the cultural centre of the Huni Kuin indigenous group in the Amazonian state of Acre, was destroyed by fire in August.
A proposed new train in Mexico would connect the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, on the Yucatan Peninsula, easier to reach from Cancun.
REUTERS/Mauricio Marat/National Institute of Anthropology and History
An ambitious new train would link resorts like Cancun to inland ancient ruins and colonial towns. That means laying rail across 932 miles of dense jungle, pristine beach and indigenous villages.
An old male reindeer weathers a heavy snow storm.
The winter of 2018-19 claimed 200 reindeer in Svalbard, Norway, according to a recent census.
Environmentalists and activists with posters “peace in the forest and an end to indigenous genocide” in protest of the rights of indigenous people, in São Paulo, Brazil, January, 2019.
Indigenous peoples safeguard biodiversity better than any other group. But in 2018, 164 were killed defending the environment. It's time for us to heed their knowledge, and protect their future.
A teenage boy throws rocks in the northern Ontario First Nations reserve in Attawapiskat in April 2016. Poverty has a profound impact on First Nations, and Canada needs to take bold
wealth- and income-creation measures for the Indigenous.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The MMIWG report didn't address the poverty that has had such a devastating effect on First Nations. Encouraging active participation by the Indigenous in the Canadian economy is a win-win for everyone.
It’s unlikely your ancestors were the first to set foot here.
Fred Harvey, Kansas City/ Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
An anthropologist who's researched the dispossession of Native Americans and their enduring connections to ancestral places sees the value in asking 'whose land are you on?'
Nawarddeken Academy’s self-built school is an example of reinvesting funds from payment for ecosystem services to meet critical community needs in innovative ways.
Image: Bjorn Everts/Nawarddeken Academy
We now have a proven model for supporting self-determined building on Aboriginal homelands. The next question is how can its reach be extended?
The expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline has divided Indigenous Canadians.
An Indigenous-led initiative to acquire partial ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline could be a step towards reconciliation.
The Balanggarra Rangers are land management representatives of the Balanggarra people, the indigenous traditional owners of the East Kimberley. (L-R) Wes Alberts, Bob Smith (coordinator) James ‘Birdy’ Birch, Isiah Smith, Quentin Gore.
The Kimberley Land Council
There are exciting synergies between western science and indigenous knowledge. Surprisingly, the success of our Australian predator conservation research was due entirely to its multicultural nature.
A steel wall along the U.S. border near Tecate, California, cuts across Mount Cuchame, a site sacred to the Kumeyaay people.
The U.S-Mexico border runs through Native American territories. A wall would further divide these communities, separating children from schools, farmers from water and families from each other.