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Environmental Injustice
Indigenous Peoples’ Alternatives

Temporary Exhibition
24 September 2021 to 21 August 2022

The Ts’msyen of Alaska, the Amazigh of Morocco, the Anishinaabeg of the United States and Canada, the Sami of Fenno-Scandinavia, the Māori of New Zealand, the Maasaï of Kenya and Tanzania, the Ainu of Japan, the Islanders of the Marshall Islands, the Kali’na of Guyana, all over the world nearly 500 million Indigenous Peoples are defending their rights in the face of the environmental injustice threatening their economies, health and cultures.

Indigenous Peoples are particularly vulnerable to environmental damage because of their close dependence on the natural environment for their well-being and means of subsistence. They play an important role in the search for alternatives, thanks to their ancestral knowledge and ways of knowing which are proving especially effective in the protection of biodiversity, soil, water and ecosystems.

Environmental Injustice – Indigenous Peoples’ Alternatives invites these women and men anxious to assert their collective rights to control their lands to make their voices heard. Focused on the political, geographic and social situation of Indigenous Peoples in today’s world, it shows how they propose to adapt their relationship to ecosystems in order to cope with the environmental damage accelerated by climate change. The exhibition presents the manner in which these communities are responding to these issues through ethics of care and a culture of repair. It presents the way in which these peoples use their fundamental rights to fight against environmental injustice, protect their lands and pass on their knowledge to younger generations.

This exhibition is intended to be a space in which we can listen to the voice of Indigenous Peoples and with them weave a common future.


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