The Working Group on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues of Friends of the Earth Flanders/Brussels is committed to promoting the rights of Indigenous Peoples world-wide, though we often choose specific cases, peoples, and areas to focus in on with more detail. We focus on creating and sustaining contact with Indigenous Peoples, finding ways to help them fight injustice, and in turn gaining knowledge on Native spirituality and their close connection to the Earth.
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.
1989 - 1990
At the end of 1989 some people gathered in Gent -Belgium- to organise a Walk across America in 1992, 500 years after Columbus landed on the shores of Turtle Island, nowadays known as America.
FoE Bruxsel (Dutch/French-language group)
Klimaat- en Vredesactiegroep Pimpampoentje
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How to find the office of Friends of the Earth
Our office is located in the Gent Ecological Centre. We are directly opposite the main train station in Gent- with regular connections to Brussels and elsewhere in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, and just around the corner from the Eurolines office- where the coaches for the whole of Europe drop off and pick up.
The ecological centre is close to the centre of Gent, and can be reached easily by public transport.
1989 - 1990 At the end of 1989 some people gathered in Gent -Belgium- to organise a Walk across America in 1992, 500 years after Columbus landed on the shores of Turtle Island, nowadays known as America. The vision came from the non-profit 'European Peace Pilgrimage' from the Netherlands. They made an appeal to have several small bands of people walking from different points from the East coast of the USA to converge at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site on October 12th 1992. In Nevada the USA tested over 800 nuclear weapons since 1951...
The European Voluntary Service programme is open to anyone aged 18 to 30 from Europe, the CIS, or the Mediterranean region.
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Our project is unique.
Since the beginning of Friends of the Earth in 1991, we have only been able to run our campaigns thanks to both local and international volunteers who got inspired by the project.
We currently have campaigns on issues relating to the environment, human rights and disarmament, as well as running an information point in the Gent Ecological Centre, publishing a regular newsletter, visiting schools and other groups to give trainings and information events, and organising information tables at many events.
The following materials have been published by Friends of the Earth (some in co-operation with other groups), and can either be downloaded from this website, or ordered from us.
Friends of the Earth