Indigenous Peoples and the Economy of Life

Indigenous Peoples and the Economy of Life

NIFEA Webinar / UNFPII side event on “Spirituality, Earth and Self-determination”

In the context of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which will be held from 19-30 April, the webinar will reflect how the confluence of the Three Cs will enhance capitalism, colonialism and the Christian experience of exploitation. Marginalization deepens. Many indigenous communities are displaced. Committee members are expected to share their societal understanding of wealth, equality, land, and spirituality, while increasing the importance of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). In addition, committee members will explore their own perspectives on indigenous peoples and their contributions to building the economy of life, focusing on concepts of compensation, restoration, and land as life, as well as alternative and holistic visions of prosperity and development. All creation.

Blessed opening:

  • Dominic Mark MacDonaldAnd the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Canada


  • Dominique Shepon Kernel, Director of the Comprehensive Plan for Native Americans for the United Methodist Church in the United States. Actively participates in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and is a cultural practitioner and member of the Hilfby Celebration Lands.


  • Marcus Briggs Cloud Co-director of Ekvn-Yefolecv, an indigenous ecological village community in Weogufka, Alabama.
  • Elvira Romcabo An Indigenous woman has partnered with Dewan Adat Papua (Papua Customary Council / DAP), an indigenous peoples’ organization that represents and advocates for indigenous issues in Papua.
  • Jocaped Solano, Theologian and activist from the Gunadale nation of Panama.
  • Reverend Mary ValgkaAnd the High Priest of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland.
  • Naomi WolfAnd the Aboriginal Theology Project Officer at The University of Theology and a board member of NAIITS, an indigenous learning community.
  • Reverend Dr. Ferdinand Ano, Indigenous Patron of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines teaches theology and worship at Union Theological Institute in the Philippines.
  • Inatoly Aye, Indigenous woman from Nagaland, India, Sumi tribe. She holds diplomas from Princeton Theological Seminary in the United States and Protestant Theological Seminary in the Netherlands, and her work tries to engage the emancipation of indigenous peoples in the emancipation of women.
  • Meet Evarist, A member of the Batwa community from Burundi. He has worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to promote the rights of indigenous peoples in Burundi.
  • Jane Peter, Pastor and Deputy Director of Research and Development at Maluku Protestant Church, Indonesia. She works with indigenous communities and is passionate about environmental justice.
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  • World Council of Churches
  • Global Foundation of Reformed Churches
  • Lutheran World Federation
  • Wereld Methodist Council
  • World Mission Council

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