October 8th is here, a day marked as “Columbus Day” on many calendars since 1937.
While this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, a global crisis is unfolding. The rapid expansion of development projects on indigenous lands without their consent is driving a drastic increase in violence and legal harassment against Indigenous Peoples.
Language is “the very essence that makes a nation of people who they are,” declared Clara Soaring Hawk, Deer Clan Chief of the Ramapough Lenape Nation, in her opening remarks of the Global Justice for Indigenous Languages Symposium. “The reason you are here is to fight to keep the languages – the Indigenous languages – alive.