As drug policy reform takes on new meaning and energy across the hemisphere, let us also remember the historic indigenous effort to retain sovereignty over territory and sustain communities, now challenged by both drugs and the wars against them.
Global South countries have an obligation to set pathways to find lost treasures in museums and private collections around the world. Therefore, it is essential that indigenous peoples are taken into account when determining the use and destination of the cultural material that has been expatriated for centuries.
There is an increasing interest by several countries in the Global South, specifically in Latin America and the Caribbean, to advance the discussion on the possibility of demanding reparations from former colonial powers and certain public and private institutions for the role they played in the transatlantic slave trade.
In times of an upside down world, achieving global conversations is an urgent challenge. For this, the North and South should talk about their demonstrations against extractive industries. This is suddently a new opportunity to build a global united front for a new world in which other forms of life are included.
A few months ago, a publicity advertisement that promoted a new type of car sparked an interesting controversy in Argentina. The commercial was called “Imagine living in a Meritocracy” and invited readers to dream of “a world where each person has what they deserve […] where the one who arrived, arrived on their own, without anyone giving anything to them.”
In recent years, the global indigenous movement has strengthened. An example of this has been the participation of indigenous people at COP21 in Paris at the end of last year. In an unprecedented mobilization, different leaders navigated the Seine River to demand change. Like never before, in a single voice, indigenous peoples asked States to reach an accord on the protection of the environment and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.