Press release - The Nayzul Declaration and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo

Indigenous leaders issue the Nayzul declaration as outcome of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo 

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu-Tum, Grand Chief Edward John, Hereditary Chief of the Tl'azt'en Nation and member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, President of the Sami Parliament Aili Keskitalo, and Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Keeper of the Sacred Bundle and Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota people have put forward the “Nayzul Declaration”.

Leaders welcomed the opportunity to convene in a two-day peace congress in December 2017 under the good offices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute with a focus on indigenous-State and indigenous-industry conflicts over development of lands and resources in territories of indigenous peoples.

The Nayzul Declaration calls for a constructive and focused multi-stakeholder dialogue process that includes indigenous peoples, state representatives, industry groups and other relevant bodies to co-create inclusive strategies to address the steady rise in extractive industries, including the ever-growing demand for minerals that make a rapid clean energy transition possible.  

The issuance of the Nayzul Declaration falls on the one-year anniversary of the closing of the camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota. In an op-ed published in The Guardian newpaper, Chief Arvol Looking Horse said “One year after the closing of the camp at the Standing Rock Reservation – Standing Rock is everywhere… We must continue to work together for the health and wellbeing of our water and our earth.” 

Olav Njølstad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute said, “We are very pleased about the outcome of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo in the form of the Nayzul Declaration. As these world-renowned indigenous leaders take this declaration forward, the Norwegian Nobel Institute applauds and fully support their efforts to convene an inclusive multi-stakeholder dialogue process.” 

Read the Nayzul Declaration

Oslo, Norway – 23 February 2018