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Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

The WCC is a committed and consistent partner for Indigenous Peoples in their struggles for land, identity, language and survival of indigenous cultures.

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Indigenous spirituality to enrich and transform the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

Indigenous spirituality to enrich and transform the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

At a time when Indigenous communities worldwide struggle for recognition, survival and the right to exist as distinct and self-determined peoples, the WCC convenes a consultation on Indigenous Spirituality and Theology, in Darwin, Australia (NT).

WCC declares the churches’ solidarity with Tanah Papua (West Papua)

Amid reports of a deteriorating human rights situation in West Papua, a minute of support for Papuans was issued on 28 June during the closing day to a meeting in Trondheim, Norway, of the WCC Central Committee.

Indigenous Peoples’ statement commended by WCC Central Committee

Indigenous Peoples’ statement commended by WCC Central Committee

“Truth, healing and transformation” are key themes of a statement from an Indigenous Peoples’ Conference that has been received and commended by the WCC Central Committee.

Learning about – and from – the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

Learning about – and from – the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

Encouragement, inspiration and storytelling animated the plenary discussion of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace.

Solidarity overcomes sorrow: Indigenous Peoples gather in Trondheim

Solidarity overcomes sorrow: Indigenous Peoples gather in Trondheim

Journeying from urban centres and small Pacific islands, mountain ranges and rural towns, more than 170 Indigenous people gathered this week at the mouth of the river that flows from traditional Sami lands. Their conference, “Reconciliation Processes and Indigenous Peoples: Truth, Healing and Transformation,” brought together representatives of more than two dozen Indigenous societies in connection with the WCC Central Committee meetings in Trondheim, Norway.

Trondheim conference to explore reconciliation in Indigenous contexts

Trondheim conference to explore reconciliation in Indigenous contexts

Experiences of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people around the world will be front and centre at an upcoming international conference in Trondheim, Norway. The Sami Church Council of the Church of Norway and the WCC are the chief organizers behind the conference, “Reconciliation Processes and Indigenous Peoples: Truth, Healing and Transformation,” which will take place from 20-21 June. Coinciding with the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer in Canada, the conference will be held in connection with the WCC Central Committee meeting also taking place in Trondheim from 22-28 June.

Aboriginal elder welcomes Canadian churches’ endorsement of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Aboriginal elder welcomes Canadian churches’ endorsement of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Canadian church leaders issued a joint statement endorsing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and promising to implement its principles. Doreen Spence, an aboriginal Canadian who was one of the architects of the declaration, welcomes the move.

WCC to convene June conference on reconciliation processes in indigenous contexts

WCC to convene June conference on reconciliation processes in indigenous contexts

The WCC will convene a conference on the theme “Reconciliation Processes in Indigenous Contexts” in Trondheim, Norway, on 20-21 June.

Presbyterian Church in Taiwan delegation visits WCC

Presbyterian Church in Taiwan delegation visits WCC

A delegation from the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, led by general secretary Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong, was welcomed in Geneva by the WCC general secretary. Discussions focused on the situation of Christians and especially the situation for indigenous people in Taiwan.

Consultation considers right to food in context of climate change

Consultation considers right to food in context of climate change

As the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change came to a close in Paris, a consultation organized by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance of the WCC on 11 December in Quezon City, Philippines considered “The Right to Food and Life in the Context of Climate Change.”