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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.136

Indigenous Human Rights: Sovereignty, Foods, and Water


  • Dr. Amy WILLIAMS

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Food sovereignty has a variety of manifestations that has evolved and sought to challenge multinational corporations and global agribusiness processes on multiple levels in pursuit of more decentralized conceptions of sovereignty (Andree, 2014). The forced removal of the traditional food sources is reinforcing the pandemic of diabetes and associated comorbidities among indigenous peoples of North America. Access to clean drinking water is a human right, and is recognized as such by United Nations General Assembly (2010) Resolution 64/292. Although there is an international call for financial resources from organizations and member States to provide financial support to provide clean and accessible drinking water, control over customary rights and water resources held by indigenous peoples is extracted or challenged by privatization of water systems or non-indigenous government authorities (Radonic, 2017). Neo-colonial political economic policies erode efforts to sustain historical and established indigenous water and foods rights. This paper focuses on Indigenous efforts to advance water and foods sustainability and their intersection with preservation and protections of indigenous economic, political sovereignty, and health within human rights protection contexts. Globalization and Food Sovereignty : Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food, edited by Peter Andree, et al., University of Toronto Press, 2014. Radonic, L. (2017). Through the aqueduct and the courts: An analysis of the human right to water and indigenous water rights in Northwestern Mexico. Geoforum, 84, 151-159. United Nations. (2010). The human right to water and sanitation. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Retrieved from: