The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) is a global network of Indigenous Peoples rights activists, advocates, and organizations committed to advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples to self determination, land and life.
IPMSDL stands for the right of Indigenous Peoples to govern themselves free from imperialism, state oppression, and human rights violations. IPMSDL also works for the empowerment of Indigenous Peoples, and for the victory of the people’s will over the powers-that-be while recognizing the legitimacy of the different forms of struggle and self determination that Indigenous Peoples opt to employ.
“For us, our strength comes from our ancestors, our determination to succeed from our children, and our success from our unity.” – Maori Activist
Indigenous peoples have inherent rights to self-determination and collective ownership of our land, territory and resource knowledge, and to freely determine our political status and determine our own course of development appropriate to our particular situations and cultures. We have struggled to assert our rights since time immemorial.
Along the way, we have had victories as well as losses and martyrs, but we continue to struggle until today, in response to the alarming realities we continue to experience. We face serious and urgent problems including the violation of our collective rights as indigenous peoples. Government policies and neglect have led to continuing impoverishment, discrimination and deprivation of our identity. All of these amount to virtual genocide of indigenous peoples in various parts of the world, resulting in mental trauma, active population transfer, displacement, minoritization, and marginalization of indigenous peoples in our own lands.
On November 8, 2010, indigenous leaders and advocates from different parts of the world united to pursue the struggle for indigenous peoples’ rights at a global level and established the international Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination and Liberation on the occasion of the International Conference on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Alternatives and Solutions to the Climate Crisis held in Baguio City, Philippines from November 5-8, 2010.
The IPMSDL has come a long way since its inception in 2010. However, a lot of work must still be done in order to reach our vision of a just society that recognizes the rights and welfare of Indigenous Peoples.
For the next few years, we at IPMSDL will work to:
1. Develop IPMSDL’s capacity as the international center of Indigenous Peoples campaigns and struggles for self determination and liberation
2. Strengthen the capabilities of IPMSDL’s member organizations to launch campaigns for Indigenous Peoples rights and welfare
3. Inform and educate more people globally regarding Indigenous Peoples struggles and resistance
4. Promote networking and solidarity between member organizations, between member and non-member organizations, and between Indigenous Peoples rights advocates of indigenous and non-indigenous descent
5. Strengthen ties and linkages between Indigenous Peoples rights advocates and organizations and other advocates and organizations promoting other sectors’ rights and welfare.
6. Influence national, regional and international bodies to enact policies and mechanisms that will ensure and safeguard indigenous peoples rights and welfare
IPMSDL aims to achieve these goals through the following programs:
1. Capacity Building
1.1. Provide trainings for IPMSDL’s officers and member organizations on advocacy, effective communications, program management and coordination, among others
2. Monitoring and Documentation
2.1. Set up an appropriate system of effective monitoring and documentation of violations of Indigenous Peoples rights globally
2.2. Launch international fact-finding missions to determine the validity of complaints and the extent of culpability of Indigenous Peoples rights violators.
3. Research and Publication
3.1. Release year-end reports on the situation of Indigenous Peoples
3.2. Regularize publication of informative and relevant material such as IPMSDL’s newsletter and country features.
3.3. Develop IPMSDL’s website as a center for campaign and information dissemination
3.4. Create an online news platform to gather and distribute information on Indigenous Peoples and human rights news as well as to reach a broader audience for education on indigenous peoples and human rights advocacy
3.5. Effective use of online and social media platforms for campaign and information dissemination
4. Networking and Solidarity
4.1. Promote first-hand and in-depth knowledge of Indigenous Peoples situations and struggles through solidarity and cultural exchanges
4.2. Strengthen links with other organizations and advocates through meetings, conferences and the like
5. Policy Research and Advocacy
5.1. Release timely policy analyses and briefs as basis for creation of mechanisms and safeguards to ensure respect and recognition of Indigenous Peoples rights and welfare of countries, regions and international bodies
5.2. Campaign for the adoption and recognition of countries and regions of international agreements and declarations such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Declaration on Human Rights