Indigenous Is
Indigenous is not a skin color,
Indigenous is not my nose,
Indigenous is not my eye color,
Indigenous is not my lips,

Indigenous is not romanticizing ancient teachings,
To appropriate,
To disseminate,
To cut to pieces,
And abbreviate in a research document,
Indigenous is removing layers of shame from your ancestors trail,
Indigenous is stepping up to the plate,
Healing and creating a new way for future generations,
Indigenous is standing tall,
Indigenous is standing beautifully,
Indigenous is an honor.

~ Anishinaabekwe
Painting © Ernesto Hernandez Olmos, Mother Earth

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“The outcome of our work is not about what our political masters want. It is about what is demanded of us by 7 billion people. I appeal to all, please, no more delays, no more excuses. Please, let Doha be remembered as the place where we found the political will to turn things around. Please, let 2012 be remembered as the year the world found the courage to find the will to take responsibility for the future we want. I ask of all of us here, if not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?’”

- Naderev Saño, head of the delegation for the Philippines, makes an urgent and emotional appeal to the global community at UN Climate Change Summit in Doha, Qatar

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Philippine climate negotiator breaks down as he makes a plea for a climate deal after typhoon kills 500 and displaced a quarter of a million affected population.