Open letter from the Indigenous Collective of scholars and authors
( A group brought together by Ganesh N Devy as contributors to Environment and Belief Systems: Key Concepts in Indigenous Studies)
International Response to the Regimes indulging in Discrimination & Spreading Hatred
“We are an informal international collective of Indigenous persons, friends of the indigenous, activists and scholars deeply engaged in the culture, life and rights of the indigenous peoples.
We wish to express our complete solidarity with the individuals, groups and organisations voicing protest against racism in many countries.
We know that discrimination on the basis of race, gender, caste, religion and language is being promoted by the regimes, political parties and various non-state groups by unleashing, through intimidation and threats, hatred, scorn and contempt for our fellow humans.
We want the world to know that the Indigenous peoples of the world oppose discrimination in every form and contempt in any society.
We want the world to know that the Indigenous people have always thought of all humans as the children of the Mother Earth, equal in their entitlement and equal in their obligations.
We appeal to all world leaders, peace-loving thinkers, activists and organisations to come together at this crucial moment in our history and do everything that they can to deter the divisive forces, to prevent nations form being pushed into terminally destructive nuclear wars and to restore peace, amity and social harmony and to prevent and eradicate slavery of every kind.
We like to remind all nations and all peoples, black or white, poor or rich, old or young, women or men that we all belong to the earth, that the earth does not belong to us. Let us never forget that in that belonging we have been, are and shall ever remain equal and free. “
Anne Brewster, Sydney, Australia
Lee Joachim, Yorta Yorta Nation, Australia
Martin Bryant, Sydney, Australia
Penny Allan, Sydney, Australia
Tracey Benson, Canberra, Australia
Deborah McGregor, Toronto, Canada
Priscilla Settee, Saskatoon, SK. Canada
Roberto Viereck Salinas, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, London, U. K. & Bogota, Colombia
Katja Sarkowsky, Augsburg, Germany
G. N. Devy, Dharwad, India
Kalpana Kannabiran, Hyderabad, India
Molly Kaushal, New Delhi, India
Virginius Xaxa, Delhi, India
Charles Dawson, Te Whanganui-ā-Tara/Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
Chris Prentice, Dunedin, New Zealand
Huhana Smith, Ngati Tukorehe, Ngati Raukawa ki te Tonga, New Zealand
Huhana Smith, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
Pualele Penehuro Fatu Lefale, Wellington, New Zealand
Robert Sullivan, Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu, Ngāi Tahu, Aotearoa New Zealand
Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Aone van Engelenhoven, Leiden, Netherlands
Lily Rose Tope, Quezon City, Philippines
Brendon Nicholls, Leeds, United Kingdom
James L. Cox, Cupar, Scotland, United Kingdom
Ximena, Cordova, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Rebecca Root, New York City, United States
Seth Garfield, Austin, United States