Indigenous Peoples have always been at the forefront of climate change issues, whether that is in protecting forested areas, being disproportionately affected by sea-level rise, or leading protests and movements to shift consciousness and paradigms. However, their access to having a seat at the table when it comes to international climate change negotiations and treaties has been little to none. The UN has made some progress in including Indigenous voices in these processes, and Indigenous leaders continue to leave their mark on important agreements.
Avexnim Cojti spoke to Tiana Kavicevich (Tuhoe) and India Miro Longan-Riley (Whakatohea) from Te Ara Whatu Organization, a youth delegation at COP26 from the Pacific Region.
Produced by Avexnim Cojti (Maya Ki'che) and Shaldon Ferris(Khoisan)
Image: Tiana and India at COP26
Interviewees: Tiana Kavicevich (Tuhoe) and India Miro Longan-Riley (Whakatohea)
Music: "Lights in the forest" by Yarina, used with permission.