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Dallas Goldtooth posted: "COP21 Will Not Save our Lands and Territories 
by Andrea Landry The twenty-first session of the global climate 
conference is currently underway in Paris, France. The mandate is for 
world leaders, primarily colonial leaders, to establish a new global 
model "

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    COP21 Will Not Save our Lands and Territories

by Dallas Goldtooth <http://indigenousrising.org/?author=2>

    COP21 Will Not Save our Lands and Territories
    by Andrea Landry

The twenty-first session of the global climate conference is currently 
underway in Paris, France. The mandate is for world leaders, primarily 
colonial leaders, to establish a new global model of growth which will 
be safe and durable to the planet. Parties to the convention and kyoto 
protocol, observer states, intergovernmental organizations, UN and 
specialized agencies, non-governmental organizations, and ad-hoc working 
groups are the mandatory participants integrated in the process. 
Indigenous peoples are the key experts in the realm of land preservation 
and territorial protection, yet it had to be noted through the UNDP on 
the importance of Indigenous peoples participating in COP21. It was 
through documentation and processes such as this where the voice of 
Indigenous peoples was incorporated onto the UN tables for COP21.

#Canoes2Paris action on the Bassion la Villette canal in Paris 

#Canoes2Paris action on the Bassion la Villette canal in Paris

The representatives of our people that are in attendance are doing the 
best they can with the space they are given at this globally significant 
conference. With Indigenous voices advocating for Indigenous homelands 
in a colonial based setting there comes a situation when one may begin 
to question if the conversation on the tables of the white-man will 
establish solutions on the lands of our peoples.

And the direct answer to this is a blunt, yet honest, no. The truth is 
that UN conferences have never created progressive or real spaces for 
our home fires- they were never intended to create progressive or real 
spaces for our home fires.

The spaces that the UN creates for our peoples are spaces that the 
Canadian government creates for AFN national chiefs and Indian Act 
chiefs across the nations - a colonially fabricated position void of any 
real long-term outcomes for the people and filled with outcomes meant to 
further impoverish us.

These conferences. similarly, are intended to create a false sense of 
hope for the people whereas we believe that all the outcomes we desire 
will occur - yet the reality is that the only outcomes we will see is 
our words imprisoned on documents for decades, as we continue to praise 
a system that shows no commitment or action for the voices of those who 
completed the same work generations ago.

Yet we ask the same things from UN bodies, UN states, intergovernmental 
organizations, sometimes NGOs and very rarely our own communities for 
change- and 20 years later we are asking for the same things from the 
same UN bodies, UN states, intergovernmental organizations, sometimes 
NGOs, and very rarely our own communities.

Political systems like the UN create an atmosphere whereas individuals 
are attempting to find routes for their people to survive- yet they’re 
attempting to survive in a system which only creates more poverty and 
crisis. The key crisis that COP21 will never dissolve is the corruption 
and greed that is expanding and growing in our own homelands as quickly 
as cancer cells are expanding and growing in our people’s 

If we want to make a substantial impact in the realm of climate justice- 
our own leaders need to completely and utterly disagree with land 
desecration projects which will ultimately lead to the lands, and our 
own, demise. If we claim to be land-based people, as Indigenous peoples, 
why do we continuously follow man-made systems rather than the 
land-based laws? What is unfolding as we attend and believe in the 
“power” of UN conferences is that our organic systems are now completely 
overtaken by man-made systems. We are no longer believing that the land, 
and our relationship to the land, will be the ultimate solution to 
ending the land-based genocide. And this comes from the notion that we 
have falsely adapted to a way of life for survival so deeply that we 
have forgotten who we were prior to that adaptation. We have forgotten 
the idea of community and focus instead on the standardized concept of 
how an assimilated person operates in an Indigenous community.

COP21, a space created only for colonial entities with secondary space 
set aside for Indigenous peoples, is a dominant centre for networking, 
building relationships with other organizations passionate about the 
work that one does, understanding the structure of UN meetings, and a 
chance to show the often hidden face of the Indigenous revolutionary. 
Yet, as UN systems continue to maintain the privilege that colonial 
systems have established, the belief that human life is more important 
than the life of the land will begin to be believed by our own people.

Breathing_Lands_06The land will revolutionize long before our people do 
if we continue maintaining a colonially justified system which is hiding 
the fact that it is responsible in part for preserving poverty and the 
starvation of peoples globally. The land will revolutionize and will 
never allow the rape of hills, valleys, and prairies to be an acceptable 
form of a land-based practice. The land will revolutionize to the extent 
that the UN systems and UN conferences will be an irrelevant means to 
liberate the peoples and the territories.

The land will revolutionize only if the people do not revolutionize 
first. The transformation of how we protect the lands and territories in 
which we live, play, and love on will only be influential if we 
recognize where the change has to come from in order to end land 
desecration projects and environmental violence. It will come from the 
primary keepers of the land through means of finding community solutions 
to end the greed, the corruption, and the colonial thinking. It will 
come from land-based practices being the only way we can have a 
relationship with the land. It will come from listening to the words the 
old people speak, and never again neglecting our true roles, never again 
breaking the sanctity and prayers that generations before spoke. We must 
be true to the prayers of those before us, and again not look to 
colonial meetings for Indigenous solutions.

We are the solution.


*Andrea Landry* has her Masters in Communications and Social Justice at 
the University of Windsor. She has previously sat on the United Nations 
Global Indigenous Youth Caucus for the United Nations Permanent Forum on 
Indigenous Issues and been involved in UN politics for a span of four 
years. She formerly worked as the Governance Development Officer for her 
home community of Pays Plat First Nation. She currently works on 
Thunderchild First Nation as a youth therapist and teaches at the 
University of Saskatchewan in the areas of Indigenous Studies and 
Political Science. She also practices community-based solution building 
through working with communities one on one in the areas of grief and 
recovery, community crisis, and with young people building 
self-empowerment and self-esteem.

*Dallas Goldtooth <http://indigenousrising.org/?author=2>* | December 8, 
2015 at 1:16 am | Tags: andrea landry 
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