COP15: Indigenous rights at ‘critical juncture’ for nature

At the UN Conference on Biodiversity (COP15) held in Montreal, Canada this month, Indigenous communities raised fears that proposed conservation initiatives that do not include them in decision-making risk forcing people from their traditional lands. “Their relationship with the land and resources is a fundamental expression of their identity.  Indigenous peoples’ rights, including free, prior and informed consent, must be appropriately protected,” [Apostolic nuncio to Canada, Archbishop] Jurkovic said.