When Human Rights are not Enough: The Forceful Eviction of Forest Communities by Conservation
Roundtable, Thursday May 31, 1:00-2:30 pm
Room 309, Weldon Law Building, 6060 University Avenue, Dalhousie University
The marginalizing of Indigenous People’s land stewardship, laws and rights in the face of claimed sovereign “National Interests” of the encompassing state is a long-standing practice in Canada, although there is hope that such practices have been or are changing. Marginalization has also strongly marked Indigenous Peoples struggles around contested conservation lands in East and Central African nations. These conditions are the focus of this informal roundtable on the acceleration of green land-grabs by conservationists in the name of the protection of nature. Specifically, the three expert, invited panelists will explore how forest peoples communities in Kenya and elsewhere are mobilising community customary law, national law and international instruments to try to stop the burning of their homes, and the eviction of the very communities who have sustained and been sustained by their lands.
The three panelists include leading Ogiek land and environmental activist Kitelo Chongeywo, and two longstanding Action Researchers with the Forest Peoples’ Program (FPP), a highly effective Indigenous Rights and advocacy NGO which works to support land and environmental rights of the most marginalized of marginalized Indigenous Peoples.
Panelists: Kitelo Chongeywo, Ogiek from Mt Elgon, Kenya, Chris Kidd, Forest Peoples Programme, Justin Kenrick, Forest Peoples Programme