Indigenous peoples' rights, within the context of social justice and environmental protection, were discussed on 11 December 2017.
2017 marked the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as the 25th anniversary of Dr. Menchú Tum receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with indigenous peoples’ rights. What better opportunity, then, for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo to invite Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum to talk about the state of affairs concerning indigenous peoples in the world?
The 2017 Forum aimed to provide a platform for dialogue and experience share for representatives of the Standing Rock conflict in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, US, and the Nussir copper mine conflict in the municipality of Kvalsund, Norway.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Panel: Grand Chief Edward John, Expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues & Hereditary Chief of Tl'azt'en Nation; Holy Elk Lafferty, 4th generation Lakota Activist; Stephanie Hope Smith, Sacred-Cultural Site Conciliator; Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament; Elisabeth Gammelsæter, Secretary General of the Norwegian Mineral Industry; Øyvind Ravna, Professor of Law, University of Tromsø
Moderator: Fred de Sam Lazaro, Correspondent, PBS NewsHour & Director, Undertold Stories Project, University of St. Thomas
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo 2017 was organized by the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Nobel Peace Prize – Research and Information AS in partnership with the University of Oslo. The Forum was made possible by generous contribution from New Generation Power and Peace Through Commerce.