Friends of the Earth International
Introduction to the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples' Issues
Friends of the Earth Flanders & Brussels is a grassroots organisation, originally named “Voor Moeder Aarde”. Friends of the Earth has been involved in promoting the rights of indigenous peoples since its formation in 1991.
The first action taken by the founders of the organisation was to participate in the ‘Walk Across America for Mother Earth’ in 1992.
The major campaigns of Friends of the Earth Flanders & Brussels are Climate Change, Nuclear Disarmament, and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights.
Who are Indigenous Peoples?
Indigenous peoples are the descendants of the ancient communities which inhabited a region long before foreigners colonised their land.
There are thousands of different Indigenous communities all over the world, and while they are all unique in their own way they are all closely connected to the earth in a relationship of respect.
It is therefore necessary for the international community to raise awareness on current indigenous issues, and support the native communities in every way possible.
Friends of the Earth