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Unpacking Jargon #3: Conservation, Protected Areas and Indigenous Homelands PART 2: Voices from Abya Yala
Webinar Co-Presented by First Nations Development Institute and Swift Foundation

Conservation is a word that is also an industry that has grown in scale and influence. Protected Areas are a method of conservation that also have a problematic track record of forcibly removing indigenous and other marginalized groups from their homelands, tied to fortress conservation. Indigenous homelands are known to be the most well protected, culturally and biologically diverse places remaining on the planet. And yet, the word 'conservation' does not exist in Indigenous languages. “Indigenous conservation,” for instance, is an oxymoron that does not suffice to describe the complex management practices, that are also agricultural and spiritual, within Indigenous territoralities. The goal of this conversation is to unpack meanings and memories associated with these words in order to deepen a shared understanding toward strengthening more coherent efforts and narratives grounded in reciprocity of the land and community.

Land defenders from Belize, Ecuador and Peru will share through storytelling how their indigenous worldviews, nurtured by millenary memory and wisdom, resonate in a way of life with values, beliefs and perceptions that revere the sacredness of the land and respect for All our Relations – way of life of love for and defense of the land, which has become a powerful political practice.

This webinar will be also a tribute to Sabino Gualinga, a yachak, or spiritual leader, from the Kichwa nation of Sarayaku in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, best known for his teachings about the “Kawsak Sacha” or “living forest”, which is at the heart of worldview of the Kichua people.

This is part of an ongoing webinar series on “Unpacking Jargon.” For a link to the first recording please see here: https://bit.ly/3BMsAfU. For a link to the second recording please see here: https://bit.ly/3LVXtSU

Apr 21, 2022 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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