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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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Land rights focus of panel discussion

Land rights focus of panel discussion

During the 4th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the WCC, in collaboration with the ACT Alliance and Lutheran World Federation, organized a side-event on “Faith-based organizations’ contribution to the protection of communities’ land rights: lessons learnt and good practices from Africa, Asia and Latin America” at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

Indigenous people, the Lumad, appeal for human rights in the Philippines

Indigenous people, the Lumad, appeal for human rights in the Philippines

Participants in Manilakbazan 2015, called by some the “Lumad caravan”, have come to Manila for a month-long series of activities and protests to bring attention to human rights violations in Lumad communities of the Philippines.

“We can now refloat the canoe” says Canadian indigenous residential school survivor

“We can now refloat the canoe” says Canadian indigenous residential school survivor

What do Indigenous peoples expect of churches in light of the report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on church-run residential schools for aboriginal children?

Canada’s First Nations urge churches to press for improved conditions in aboriginal communities

Canada’s First Nations urge churches to press for improved conditions in aboriginal communities

What do indigenous peoples expect of churches in light of the report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on church-run residential schools for aboriginal children? Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, responds.

WCC seminar explores links between indigenous ecological spiritualties and Christian faith

WCC seminar explores links between indigenous ecological spiritualties and Christian faith

Dynamics of “indigenous ecological spiritualties and Christian faith” were explored at a WCC seminar in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Communion agreement between two North American churches receives final approval

Communion agreement between two North American churches receives final approval

An historic vote in Canada has set the stage for close cooperation between two North American churches.

Indigenous Anglican bishop condemns brutal logic of greed and power

Indigenous Anglican bishop condemns brutal logic of greed and power

The nuclear attack on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945 revealed the brutality and dangerous logic of war, money and power, according to an Indigenous Anglican bishop from Canada.

Inspirations for an “economy of life” in The Ecumenical Review

The possibility of a new economic framework is the chief focus of the newly published issue of The Ecumenical Review. Informed by years of ecumenical work on the relationship of poverty, wealth and ecology (including the proposal for a “greed line”), the 14 contributors offer an array of insights from specific contexts and religious standpoints – Dalits, South Africans, Latin Americans, Indigenous spirituality, feminist theology and non-Christian religions – into the values and structures that can create an “economy of life” for all.

Future directions are charted by WCC Faith and Order Commission

Future directions are charted by WCC Faith and Order Commission

Meeting from 17 to 24 June, the newly reconstituted Commission on Faith and Order of the WCC has begun to define its principal trajectories for ecumenical study and common activity from 2015 until the next WCC Assembly in 2020.

Reclaiming our humanity

Reclaiming our humanity

Bishop Mark MacDonald shared views on indigenous peoples and climate change in an interview with WCC Communications. "We are entering an era in which the public has a broader awareness of the rights of indigenous peoples," he said.