Why Indigenous voices are particularly important for Canada at UN climate change negotiations – The Hill Times

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Why Indigenous voices are particularly important for Canada at UN climate change negotiations – The Hill Times

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 202116 Views

December 6, 2021

Many Indigenous communities felt angry and excluded by the inclusion of more fossil-fuel industry lobbyists than Indigenous participants at COP26, including by Canada.

Indigenous voices at COP26 feared ‘carbon colonialism’, and argued that net zero will lead to decreasing Indigenous land tenure, says Matthias Fritsch. Photograph courtesy of Pexels

Now that COP26 in Glasgow has ended, the reactions to the final agreement are still coming in. As a non-Indigenous observer from Canada at COP26, I paid particular attention to Indigenous participants and reactions. Indigenous peoples make up less than five per cent of the global population, but despite the legacy of colonial land dispossession, they manage or hold tenure over 25 per cent of the world’s land surface and support about 80 per cent of global biodiversity. Given Indigenous knowledge of land and intergenerational teachings, they are central to protecting nature and fighting climate change, in addition to the importance of respecting their rights in the face of global mining firms and agribusiness.

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