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An Indigenous Peoples’ Statement to the World

December 9, 2009

This statement, created by groups of indigenous people convened at the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions in December 2009, is a call to ensure environmental preservation by supporting indigenous traditions and practices. The declaration begins with an explanation of indigenous groups' commitment to preserving their land and culture, developed from thousands of years of traditions. It then goes on to with a call to action for other governments to follow Australia's example in expressing support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. By supporting the declaration, countries will promote environmentally friendly, earth-based education that has been practiced by indigenous people. The document additionally rejects the Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Dominion that undergirds colonial subjugation of non-Christian lands. It concludes with a plea to Pope Benedict XVI to repudiate the official papal documents which justified this harmful doctrine.

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