2008 Apr 25
David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy tribal member of Nulankeyutomonen Nkihtahkomikumon (“We Take Care of Our Land” “NN”), a partner in Save Passamaquoddy Bay (SPB) Three-Nation Alliance, and delegate of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), is participating in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The forum is taking place at the U.N. in New York City from April 21 to May 2.
The theme of this year's forum is "Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges." Bridges has been included in the IEN delegation because of his work with NN, protecting his community and local waters from liquefied natural gas (LNG) industrialization.
Bridges will be forwarding the work of IEN, NN and SPB by bringing their issues, voice and request for worldwide unity on preserving and protecting indigenous lands and waters from environmental threats.
Bridges will highlight issues of human rights and ecological integrity, and thus sacred sites. Bridges planned to put forward his cause by Monday, April 21, so that the gathering could fully address the issue.
As a member of the IEN delegation, Bridges is putting forth the Passamaquoddy community's issues around the proposed LNG industrial site as part of the local organization's global approach to keeping Passamaquoddy Bay free of LNG.
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© 2008 The Quoddy Tides
Article republished on Save Passamaquoddy Bay website with permission.