Sunday, October 9, 2011

Indigenous Alliance without Borders Endorsement of Mother Earth Accord


Proclamation of Endorsement
of the
October 7, 2011

Good greetings to all.  The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders was created by and for Indigenous Peoples to address border issues of the southern US border with Mexico.  Our organization consists of individual tribal members from the eight southern border indigenous nations with relatives in Mexico. Our mission is to affirm the rights of Indigenous Peoples, their right to self determination, their collective human and civil rights, the rights of sovereignty and the protection of sacred sites, and the free unrestricted movement across international borders.  
Land of the Braves

It has come to our attention and concern that in spite of the lack of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the Nations of Indigenous Peoples whose traditional and Treaty Territories are most impacted by the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline, the administration of President Obama is presently considering approval of this project under the presidential review process now under way within the US State Department.
We have also recently received from the Dene National Office of the Assembly of First Nations (NWT) a copy of the Mother Earth Accord which was drafted at the Emergency Summit convened at Rosebud, South Dakota in September.
The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders makes known that our organization fully supports and hereby endorses the Mother Earth Accord.  We also offer all our support as a traditional grass roots organization that spans the US-Mexico border region to help spread the message of the Mother Earth Accord among the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, who are also fighting the extractive industries of mining and hydrocarbon exploitation.  Many of these companies operating in Mexico are based in Canada.
It is evident that the of lack of processes and accountability for violations of the Right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent for Indigenous Peoples is not only limited to these projects, like the Tar Sands, but also extends across the entire spectrum of economic development programs that are promoted and protected across all of North America with preferential policies by the governments of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) regime: Canada, US, Mexico.  

The violations of the Right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent is systemic under the neoliberal policies of these states, as is their complicity in the criminal exploitation and expropriation of the natural resources and labor of our Nations and Pueblos.  This is a grave foreign policy issue of crisis that must be addressed under the standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007.
UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples
Please share our message of support and endorsement of the Mother Earth Accord with all of the friends, relatives and allies of your cause as we extend the call for solidarity with your fight to stop the Tar Sands among the relatives of our Indigenous Peoples of Mexico.
Jose Matus, Director
Indigenous Alliance Without Borders

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