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Traditional Water Knowledge and Global Environmental Change: Creating Sustainable Paths for the Future Session 6.5.4 March 21, 2009 5 th World Water Forum Istanbul, Turkey MNI-WICONI – Water of Life CUNKU-DUTA – Red Road (of Life).

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A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

Traditional Water Knowledge and Global Environmental Change: Creating Sustainable Paths for the FutureSession 6.5.4March 21, 20095th World Water ForumIstanbul, TurkeyMNI-WICONI – Water of LifeCUNKU-DUTA – Red Road (of Life)

A Presentation by Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director, INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK

Bemidji, Minnesota - USA

www.ienearth.org


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

“The Creator has entrusted with us a sacred responsibility to protect and care for the land and water, and all of life, as well as to safeguard its well being for future generations to come.”

-Albuquerque Declaration 1998


Indigenous worldview

INDIGENOUS WORLDVIEW

  • Infused with Spirituality/Cosmo-Vision

    • Mother Earth ID equals Relationship

  • Elements: Water/Air/Land/Fire

  • Birth – Womb - Water


Water constitutes the physical cultural and spiritual basis of our existence

Water constitutes the physical, cultural and spiritual basis of our existence

Mdewakantonwan Dakota

Mde = Lake

Wakan = Sacred

Tonwan = Village

Dwellers of the Sacred Lakes


Original instructions

Original Instructions

Teachings


Mitakuye owasin all my relations

MitakuyeOwasin’ (All My Relations)

My Earth ID – is with the Waters

Role and Responsibilities

Women: Keepers of the Water

Men: Keepers of the Fire


Roles responsibilities two leg people five finger clan

Roles & Responsibilities:Two Leg People – Five Finger Clan


General principles ip water

General Principles: IP &Water

  • Indigenous Peoples recognize our relationship with our Mother Earth that obligates us to conserve fresh waters, oceans and the ice for the survival of present and future generations.

  • We reaffirm our roles as local and global Guardians, with rights and responsibilities to defend the sacredness and peaceful availability of water for all Life.


Cont general principles to water

(Cont.) General Principles to Water

  • We have been placed upon this Earth, each in our own traditional sacred land and territory to care for all of Creation and Water (and all elements).

  • Our traditional knowledge, natural customary laws and Original Instructions teach us to be responsible and caring for this sacred gift that connects all life.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

KEY ISSUES

1. The central and primordial role of water in the spiritual and physical relationship of Indigenous Peoples to the Earth, and the integration of that relationship into cultural practices in the management, use and conservation of water;


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

2. The importance of traditional water management and use in the production of the means of subsistence as well as to the maintenance and reproduction of Indigenous Peoples Identity as a collective right, and our cultures, languages, spirituality/religion;


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

3. Indigenous Peoples’ systems of the millennia of water management and use based upon principles and practices that balance immediate needs with the needs of the environment and other living things, plants and animals as well as other people, and the sustainability of future generations.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

4. The negative impacts of expropriation by governments and the privatization of water sources and resources and their debilitating and deadly effects on the physical existence as well as the cultures and identity of Indigenous Peoples.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

5. The negative consequences of the compounding affects of global warming and climate change on the physical existence and cultures now being particularly experienced by Indigenous Peoples.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

ACTIONS

1. The promotion of respect and observance of Indigenous Peoples’ human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular the right of Self Determination and the free use and control of our lands and territories, necessary for the use and conservation of water and of water sources and resources.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

2. Urge governments to change their constitutions to include the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP).

3. Fully recognize and implement Indigenous Peoples governance of water through the implementation of DRIP at all levels of jurisdiction, including regional and municipal governments.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

4. Reform national and local water policy and laws to recognize Indigenous customary laws and indigenous governance structures that would insure Indigenous peoples participation in any decisions and policy development affecting water, at all levels of government ;

5. Encourage the full participation of Indigenous peoples within each of the UN programs, in the planning and implementation to find solutions to the crisis of water today.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

6. Call upon UNESCO World Heritage Sites to recognize Indigenous peoples’ critical role in protecting sacred sites, including sacred sites of Waters. Sacred Springs, Headwaters, etc. for the protection of all of life.

7. Ensure all water developments reflect UN principles on cultural diversity and rights.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

8. That all future World Water Forums recognize the importance and value of cultural diversity and further recognize the significant contributions of Indigenous Peoples and cultures and rights to this diversity.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

9. Include in education programs local Indigenous contributions to education about traditional values and culture;

10. Support UNESCO to establish a Global Water Center that would function as a neutral space, advocating for rights protection and facilitating meaningful solutions to water grievances. Support a database of water right grievances to be maintained.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

11. Support UNESCO to build a global network of Water Guardians, trained to monitor watersheds, protection of seas and ice, educate water users, and mediate and remediate water disputes.

This network would identify and work with Indigenous Water Keepers and Water Guardians.


A presentation by tom b k goldtooth executive director indigenous environmental network

12. Urge the World Water Forum to recognize, advocate and support the Indigenous Peoples’ planning for the Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace scheduled for Fall of 2010.


Water must be protected to sustain life and peace on mother earth

Water Must be Protected to Sustain Life and Peace on Mother Earth


Mitakuye owasin

MitakuyeOwasin!

All My Relations!


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