I envision a future that brings justice and resolves the issue of the exploitation of the land of Indigenous and coastal communities for profit and economic gain. I feel after discussing about these issues in class that it is extremely unjust and disappointing that the government would make these decisions (such as reintroducing sea otters, controlling fishing seasons, etc.) without consulting the original owners of these lands and disrespecting their cultures and traditional practices. The connection that these local community owners have with their land is importantly ingrained in their traditions and the government and these larger institutions and businesses need to be aware of that. It is intrusive and destructive towards the traditional practices these cultures have as they continue to exploit the nature and natural resources of their land for business. I believe in the rights of Indigenous and coastal communities to be able to practice their traditions and thrive on their land without government obstruction. I believe that to resolve these issues, the government definitely needs to recognize and consult Indigenous and coastal communities before making these decisions, respect and learn about their cultural practices and consider these before making decisions regarding the usage of their lands and resources. In terms of the distribution issue, the government should make sure to compensate and give back to the local communities that they're taking resources from. I hope to see a future that can allow Indigenous and coastal communities to have their land back to continue their traditions and practices without governments and businesses obstructing them.
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For sure Natalie! Corporations and governments have been gaining economic benefits at the expense of Indigenous people's and local communities' culture, livelihoods and relationships. To have a just socio-ecological system, everybody involved should have a say on what to do, especially those who have to live, use, and nurture the land.
Hi Natalie! I feel you, it’s frustrating to see how the government doesn’t respect indigenous land. I agree that the government should consult the indigenous community and involve them in decisions. I also hope in the future the indigenous community feel safe and can actively participate in decision making.
I totally agree with your points! I liked that you brought up that in addition to listening, the government should respect their cultures, traditional practices, and connection to the land.
Natalie, I agree with the points you discuss in your post! It's frustrating to see the government continue to make the same mistakes with no repercussions. Hopefully we can change this as a community!
Hi Natalie, I completely agree with your post! I also think that a major step that needs to be taken is to recognize and include the perspectives of local communities when decisions are made since they are affected greatly by them.
Hey Natalie! I felt the same way after discussing about such issues in class. It was shocking to me that these types of problems were being ignored when we are trying to bring justice to our community.
Hello Natalie, great post! I also agree that the government needs to make more efforts to include the indigenous community in these conversations since they are the ones affected most by it.