Global Indigenous Youth Caucus statement on Doctrine of Discovery at the United Nations

mari - Posted on 09 May 2012

Indigenous Peoples Media Project of POOR Magazine stands in solidarity with the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus attending the 11th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The topic for this forum is the Doctrine of Discovery. Some of the members of the caucus were banned earlier due to the Action the Caucus held demanding the full participation of the youth. This silenced was not tolerated and the youth continued to speak their voice. Later on, their badges were reinstated. Please check out the video to listen to their statement on the Doctrine of Discovery.


The Doctrine of Discovery stems back to the papal bulls put forth by the Roman Catholic Church, which supports decisions that ignore any claims indigneous peoples have to the land and gives authority to colonial governments. This is the basis for many cases in international law and a huge basis for Federal Indian Law here in the United States. It is important to note that without this doctrine the privatization of land would have never been possible in the case law decision of Johnson VS McIntosh in 1823.


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