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Document Congratulations to newly-elected Church of Norway leaders
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent congratulations to the new leaders of the Church of Norway National Council, its Council on Ecumenical and International Relations and the Sami Church Council: Kristin Gunleiksrud Raaum, Rev. Kristine Sandmael, Sara Eira.
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Messages and letters
Document Message from the pre-assembly gathering of Indigenous Peoples
A message from the pre-assembly gathering of Indigenous Peoples at the WCC 10th Assembly
Located in Resources / / Busan, 2013 / Pre-assembly documents
Document Statement on the doctrine of discovery and its enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Peoples have the oldest living cultures in the world. Three hundred to five hundred million Indigenous Peoples today live in over 72 countries around the world, and they comprise at least 5,000 distinct peoples. The ways of life, identities, well-being and very existence of Indigenous People are threatened by the continuing effects of colonization and national policies, regulations and laws that attempt to force them to assimilate into the cultures of majoritarian societies. A fundamental historical basis and legal precedent for these policies and laws is the "Doctrine of Discovery", the idea that Christians enjoy a moral and legal right based solely on their religious identity to invade and seize indigenous lands and to dominate Indigenous Peoples.
Located in Resources / / WCC Executive Committee / Bossey, February 2012
Document Sources and Resources of Indigenous Theologies
Report of the Indigenous Theologians meeting in Geneva, October 2009
Located in Resources / / Just and inclusive communities / Indigenous people
Document Ecclesial and Social Visions of Indigenous Peoples Consultation Report
Around 35 theologians and leaders representing communities, churches and organizations of indigenous peoples in 16 countries in many parts of the world attended a consultation from 21-26 October, 2008 in Baguio City, Philippines. This consultation was called in response to a proposal by the Ninth General Assembly of the WCC to facilitate the theological contributions of indigenous peoples to enrich the life and work of the WCC. In solidarity with the struggles of the largest indigenous peoples' population in Asia, Baguio City in the Philippines was chosen as the context for this theological conversation.
Located in Resources / / Just and inclusive communities / Indigenous people
Document Joint Declaration of Indigenous Churches at UN Forum
Speaking on behalf of the World Council of Churches as well as indigenous church representatives from the Americas, Asia and Australia, William Chela presented a declaration at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues calling for recognition of the right to life, not only for people, but for Mother Earth, too.
Located in Resources / / Just and inclusive communities / Indigenous people