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Communiqué from Gathering of Nations 21 & 22 November 2015

Gathering of Nations Canberra 21 & 22 November 2015

In the two days of the Gathering of Nations the 150 participants, delegates and observers from all over Australia, were presented with research and information in respect to the key issues facing First Nations Peoples today and the progress to date in the assertion of First Nations sovereignty at a national level. We very clearly articulated the internationally accepted process for assertion of sovereignty by Nations and Peoples subjugated by a foreign power and expanded on the need for decolonisation. Read more about Communiqué from Gathering of Nations 21 & 22 November 2015

New Zealand’s Indigenous reconciliation efforts show having a treaty isn’t enough

The Indigenous Rights Risk Report: How Violating Indigenous Peoples' Rights Increases Industry Risk

First Peoples Worldwide released the Indigenous Rights Risk Report at the SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, a product of two years of consultations with investment analysts, industry professionals, and Indigenous Peoples. The report analyzes 52 U.S. oil, gas, and mining companies with projects operating on or near Indigenous territories around the globe, impacting some 150 Indigenous communities. Read more about The Indigenous Rights Risk Report: How Violating Indigenous Peoples' Rights Increases Industry Risk

Maori did not cede sovereignty: Waitangi Treaty ruling

"Though Britain went into the Treaty negotiation intending to acquire sovereignty, and therefore the power to make and enforce law over both Maori and Pakeha, it did not explain this to the rangatira (chiefs)," the tribunal said.
Rather, the treaty grantied Britain "the power to control British subjects and thereby to protect Maori", while rangatira were told that they would retain their "tino rangatiratanga", their independence and full chiefly authority. Read more about Maori did not cede sovereignty: Waitangi Treaty ruling

Arizona tribe set to prosecute first non-Indian under a new law

As our strong belief in self determination through the Sovereignty movement moves forward, we must start thinking about the possibilities that are before us ...
   
- Michael Anderson

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