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CKUT Radio Interview with UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

August 18, 2017
By Indigenous Directions

I think Indigenous education is really one of the bright spots on the horizon, because I think Indigenous People have a lot to share with the dominant society in terms of how to manage your own environment ... in terms of how to relate as a community ... and also to relate with the past and the future.

On July 28, 2017, IDLG Project Coordinator Charlie O’Connor recorded an interview with the UN Special Raporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz.  You can download or stream the audio from

In this interview, Victoria Tauli Corpuz speaks about how her involvement in resistance to hydro-electric development is how she first became aware of the United Nations (UN). Next, she speaks about the main themes of WIPCE 2017 – celebration of resilience – and of the panel discussion that she participated in – reconciliation in international contexts. She also speaks about how Canada compares with other places she has travelled around the world, in terms of its treatment of Indigenous Peoples. She comments on the recently released Global Witness Report, which reveals that Indigenous Peoples make up a disproportionate %40 of the 200 land and water defenders killed in 2016.  She concludes with some inspirational words about the importance of Indigenous education.

For more information about the Global Witness report Defenders of the Earth:

For more news from the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:

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