Sunday, September 24, 2006

Indigenous Peoples From All Over the World Deliver Important Message for LWF

Land rights linked to human rights critical in declaration

They worked hard and late each day during the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) consultation on "An Indigenous Communion" in Karasjok, Norway, 20-24 September 2006, to knock together a strong message to present to the LWF on the establishment of a specific program for indigenous people.

In the message the 27 participants called on the LWF to establish an advisory group within itself in 2007, with a dedicated staff member in Geneva responsible. Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Pacific should each have one indigenous representative in this group, and the group should meet at least once a year, said the message.


Three themes were chosen as the most important:
  • Human Rights/Land Rights.
  • Facilitating networking for indigenous peoples through regional and international consultations and exchange programs.
  • Theological and ethical study (Gospel and Culture), and indigenous spirituality.
Commenting on the message Rev. Tore Johnsen, a Sámi pastor said: "It will move the process forward as we articulated our expectations from the LWF in the message we wrote. I am quite satisfied with the outcome as the discussion brought some important contributions."

Please click to download the Message of the LWF Consultation "An Indigenous Communion" in Karasjok.
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Les indigènes du monde entier envoient un message d'importance à la FLM

Ils ont travaillé dur pour réussir à réunir leurs différentes préoccupations dans un document commun, particulièrement fort, adressé à la FLM. Les 27 délégués plaident pour la mise en place d'un groupe de suivi, réunissant un représentant de chaque continent et soutenu par un membre permanent, salarié, à Genève.

Trois thèmes de réflexion ont été retenus :
  • Droits de l'Homme/Droit à la terre.
  • Facilitation du travail en réseau pour les peuples indigènes à travers des rencontres internationales et par continent et des programmes d'échange.
  • Étude théologique et éthique (Évangile et culture), et spiritualité indigène.
Pour le pasteur Tore Johnsen, "cela fera avancer le processus : nous avons pu formuler nos attentes à l'égard de la FLM dans le message que nous avons écrit."

Cliquez pour télécharger le message de la conférence "An Indigenous Communion" (en anglais seulement) de Karasjok. (Adobe Acrobat Reader est nécessaire pour ouvrir ce lien - pdf/131 ko)

Young Communicators Get Special Privilege to Practice Journalism

Budding journalists learn how to communicate on Web log about indigenous issues

Taking a part in the consultation, "An Indigenous Communion" in Karasjok, northern Norway, all in our group of youth communicators from Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Poland and Russia gained invaluable experience.

It was uplifting and inspiring for us to meet and interact with participants who came to the five-day meeting from every corner of the globe.

We learned much about the lives of those present, about their lives as indigenous people, their nature, culture, mother tongues and how many have had to fight for them.

We can influence each other and also exchange experiences and ideas, not only about life, but also some gems about the theological, social and ethnic particulars of others. We learned especially about the Sámi People who live in Norway's historical Finmark territory close to the Arctic Circle.

There we shared culture and stories and we got to know a little about how the Sámi live, and about their situation in the economically rich country of Norway.

Throughout the consultation, working with the Web log, writing news stories and doing interviews, we had a special opportunity to learn more about the craft of journalism and were able improve our skills in English communication, learning about the intricacies of grammar and philology.

posted by Olga Klimenkova, Russia

The stories and memories of the indigenous peoples are still available

The Karasjok consultation ended some hours ago. Seven young communicators and four mentors have been finalizing stories for the Web log this evening. Outside the press room, the northern hemisphere is waiting for winter. Autumn will lose its fight in days.

Our days in Karasjok have shown how a Web log begins to live. The indigenous peoples from different parts of the world have gone back home but their stories and memories are still available. Those won’t be gone in a few days. Thanks to the Web log.

posted by Tuomas Kurttila, Finland

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