Joint closing Statement on behalf of Indigenous Peoples’ Organisations – this piece was co-written by members of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, particularly Lindsey Bacigal, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Graeme Reed, and Freddy Sébastian.
EXCERPT: As scores of adult reporters crowded around Danish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, a group of indigenous leaders were shoved to the side by security as they tried to get into their office. At that moment, at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 25 climate-change summit in Madrid, the hypocrisy and privilege of it all hit home for Kera Sherwood-O’Regan, of Kāi Tahu.
“Since we’ve been here, our indigenous women have been harassed, pushed off stage from speaking opportunities, and been shoved around,” she said.
“Where is the security support for our indigenous people?”