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Five Key Indigenous Peoples Issues For The Week Of August 11 - 17, 2011: International, Bangladesh, Brazil, Australia, Canada


International: International Finance Corporation Includes Free, Prior, And Informed Consent (FPIC) In New Sustainability Framework Policy Update


IFC’s updated Sustainability Framework, approved by our Board of Directors on May 12, 2011, is now available. It will be effective on January 1, 2012.


The Sustainability Framework articulates IFC’s strategic commitment to sustainable development and is an integral part of our approach to risk management. Originally adopted in 2006, the Framework was updated following an 18-month consultation process to incorporate valuable lessons from IFC’s implementation experience and feedback from our stakeholders and clients.


The updated Framework clarifies approaches that have become recognized as good practice in recent years. It helps protect people and the environment, promotes transparency and accountability, and supports our clients in managing risks and doing business in a sustainable way. Read more about the IFC and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in their new guidelines here....


Bangladesh: UPDF Intensifies Killing Of Innocent Jumma Villagers In Kaptai, Jurachari And Shuvalong


On 14 August 2011 around 8.00 pm armed terrorists of UPDF shot dead a newly elected member of Jurachari union named Mr. Gopal Chakma (34) s/o Ruhini Chandra Chakma while he was taking rest at his home at Kusumchari village in Jurachari upazila under Rangamati district.


On the other, another armed terrorist group of UPDF kidnapped two innocent villagers namely Mr. Ashish Kumar Chakma (36) s/o Bishweshwar Chakma from Mitingachari village under Shuvalong union in Barkal upazila and Mr. Shova Ratan Chakma (25) s/o Harbo Chakma from Naraichari village under Shuvalong union at gun point on 14 August 2011 around 11.30 pm.


Earlier on 11 August 2011 around 7.30 am UPDF’s terrorists shot dead three innocent Jumma youths including a supporter of PCJSS at Agapara of Chitmaram union in Kaptai upazila under Rangamati district while the victims along with other villagers were taking breakfast at a tea-shop. The deceased were identified as Mr. Kyaching Thowai Marma (27) s/o Mraching Thowai Marma, Mr. Hlasui Khoi Marma (30) s/o Hlaching Prue Marma and Mr. Bebi Chakma (32) s/o Ananda Chakma. Read more about the killing of innocent Jumma people in Bangladesh here....


Brazil: National Force And Army Will Form The Basic Security Of FUNAI Post Attacked On The Border With Peru


The National Security Force and the army will enhance the security of the base of the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) attacked by Peruvian armed groups at the end of July. The Ethno-Envira Protection Front, which operates in the protection of isolated Indians, is 32 kilometers from the border between Brazil and Peru and five days by boat from the closest Brazilian city, Feijó (AC).


The base was invaded and pillaged by Peruvian traffickers. FUNAI agents feared that the Peruvians had attacked isolated indigenous people in the region, who were photographed for the first time in May 2008. A few days after the invasion of the base, a team found a camp where there was a mattress, bags of sugar, a backpack with boxes of cartridges stolen from the base of FUNAI and a piece an arrow of the isolated Indians.


Despite evidence, isolated indigenous communities were not attacked by Peruvian traffickers. The evaluation is that of the President of FUNAI, Márcio Meira, and the national public security Secretary, Regina Miki, who flew into the region last Tuesday (9). Read more about the FUNAI post attacked along the Peruvian border here....


Australia: Yindjibarndi Challenge Against FMG Solomon Hub Far From Over


On Friday 12 August the Full Federal Court handed down its decision rejecting a challenge by the Yindjibarndi People against the grant of three mining leases to Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) for its Solomon Hub project.


YAC advises that it is seeking advice about appealing this decision by the Federal Court to the High Court of Australia.


“We are disappointed with the decision but it comes as no surprise. This confirms what we have known all along, that the Native Title Act is a bad piece of legislation that consistently works against the interests of the first Australians. What is worse is that the system gives us no chance against the teams of company lawyers, land access managers and FMG’s unlimited war chest. The deck has been stacked against us,” Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation CEO, Michael Woodley, said.


Mr Woodley said that while some companies are at least attempting to give the appearance of honouring the spirit of the Native Title Act, FMG is giving industry a bad name by using the NTA for their own profit. He said the NTA is gravely flawed because it has no power to oblige FMG to fairly compensate for the massive damage of their Solomon Hub project while a native title determination on the Yindjibarndi #1Claim is pending; and that FMG is cleverly using this to convince the poorest of Yindjibarndi members that they should sign up to a whole-of-country agreement that will forever subordinate Yindjibarndi rights to FMG’s interests in the much larger area of their original determination. Read more about the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation's challenge against FMG's Solomon Hub here....


Canada: Missanabie Cree First Nation Celebrates Long-Awaited Land Transfer


The Chief and Council of the Missanabie Cree First Nation are pleased to announce a significant achievement in the quest to return to our homelands. The people of the Missanabie Cree First Nation will be celebrating the successful negotiation of a Land Transfer Agreement with the Government of Ontario that will provide our community with approximately fifteen (15) square miles of land in our traditional territory.


MCFN Chief Kim Rainville welcomes the opportunity to host a celebration. “We will commemorate the signing on August 17, 2011 with a ceremonial signing and feast at Dog Lake. I am grateful for the patience, perseverance and hard work of our previous leaders, administrations and legal representatives whose efforts have brought us to where we are today, preparing to re-establish a community within our traditional home lands.”


Audrey Bateson, Chair of the Land Transfer Advisory Committee, agrees and notes that “the first recorded request for land occurred in the year 1897. Subsequent attempts occurred in 1906, 1915, and 1929 and all were rejected. This brings us to this point where the Ontario Government is returning 15 square miles of land to our First Nation and it has taken well over 100 years to get here!” Read more about the Missanabie Cree First Nation and historic land transfer here....


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