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Indigenous Peoples

Oblates work closely with indigenous peoples around the world, and strive to respect their culture and aspirations while ministering to their needs. We affirm the rights of Indigenous Peoples to live according to their various cultures, traditional knowledge and spiritual and religious practices and support them in their struggles. Recognizing the often deep spiritual connection to their ancestral lands and domains, we work to defend the rights of Indigenous Peoples with regard to the use and protection of their lands and natural resources.

Oblates work with Indigenous Peoples in Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and North America. In many areas, Indigenous communities are facing threats to their land, the resources on which they depend for a livelihood, or irreversible pollution from mining. Of particular concern are the situations affecting Indigenous Peoples in:

Oblates working in Indigenous Ministry met in Bolivia in August of 2007. There, they developed a Mission Statement on Indigenous Peoples.

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