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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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Churches urge action, not just thought, as Canada begins painful walk toward reconciliation

In the wake of the release of a summary report by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, member churches in Canada belonging to the WCC are beginning what they acknowledge will be a painful pilgrimage toward recognizing the mistreatment of their country’s indigenous peoples and ensuring such abuse will not happen again.

Churches in Tanah Papua seek justice, peace and stability

Churches in Tanah Papua seek justice, peace and stability

Amidst intimidation, illegal arrests, disappearances, torture and killings in Tanah Papua resulting from tensions between the Indonesian authorities and the Papuan pro-liberation groups, churches seek justice, peace, dignity and security for the Papuans.

Climate change and human rights at the heart of the WCC’s work at COP 20

Climate change and human rights at the heart of the WCC’s work at COP 20

Climate justice has been the focal point of the WCC advocacy strategy at 20th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which concluded on 12 December in Lima, Peru.

Indigenous faith leaders reflect on resilience and climate change

Indigenous faith leaders reflect on resilience and climate change

Indigenous peoples have a role to play in the struggle against climate change, indigenous faith leaders said during a panel at the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change held at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.

New UN document opens door for churches to do more for indigenous rights

New UN document opens door for churches to do more for indigenous rights

Scattered throughout the recent history of Indigenous Peoples are national treaties, declarations and laws that languish in obscurity or are brushed aside and ignored.

“Churches will have to move”

“Churches will have to move”

While Bishop Sofie Petersen can talk convincingly about the science behind climate change, she'd rather talk about what's happening to the people in her home region of Greenland.

Brazilian government presents Human Rights Award to Romi Bencke

Brazilian government presents Human Rights Award to Romi Bencke

Rev. Romi Márcia Bencke, general secretary of the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil has been honoured with a Human Rights Award presented to her by the Brazilian federal government on 12 December.

Events leading up to WCC assembly focus on justice and peace

Events leading up to WCC assembly focus on justice and peace

Justice and peace were highlighted topics during events leading up to the WCC 10th Assembly. The pre-assembly gatherings engaged assembly participants including youth, indigenous peoples, women, and people with disabilities, as they discussed how to contribute to the assembly in a meaningful way.

WCC addresses mining and extraction issues at World Social Forum

At the recent World Social Forum, ecumenical voices warned about the grave consequences of extraction of natural resources and mining, which they say generate a tremendous amount of social and ecological debt.