Indigenous Lawsuits Could Paralyze the Tar Sands

by Swift Foundation on May 19, 2014

Reject-and-Protect-via-Idle-No-More-flikrWhether it calls the program “responsible resource development” or strives to become an “energy superpower,” Canada is digging up vast swathes of the earth and selling them as quickly as possible at the expense of the environment and aboriginal rights. In many of the treaty territories and unsurrendered First Nations across Canada, the constitutionally protected rights of indigenous people—including the right to hunt, fish, trap, and be consulted with and accommodated when new development is planned—are being increasingly overstepped by rapid industrial growth. Read more…

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Our Land, Our Business

by Swift Foundation on April 16, 2014

Swift grantee, The Oakland Institute, was involved with the launch of Our Land Our BusinessWillful Blindness Report, a campaign designed to hold the World Bank accountable for its role in the rampant theft of land and resources from some of the world’s poorest people–farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous communities. Click here to watch the short 1.5 minute video or click here to download the new report: Willful Blindness: How the World Bank’s Doing Business Rankings Impoverish Smallholder Farmers. 

 

 

 

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New Release from Oakland Institute

by Swift Foundation on April 11, 2014

Down on the farm meme2 180 Organizations from around the World Demand that the World Bank Shut Down Its Business Rankings & Benchmarking 

OAKLAND, CA (April 10) – As the spring meetings of the World Bank get underway in Washington, DC, 180 organizations, including NGOs, unions, and farmer and consumer groups from over 80 countries, demand that the World Bank end its Doing Business rankings and its support of the rampant theft of land and resources from some of the world’s poorest people — farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous communities, many of whom are essential food producers for the entire planet. Read more…

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Media Tour of Sarstoon-Temash National Park

by Swift Foundation on April 2, 2014

Greg-Choc SATIIMGreg Ch’oc, Executive Director of  SATIIM (Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management),  is interviewed by Channel 5 News in Belize about protecting the rights of the indigenous populations in the Sarstoon-Temash  region.  Read archived news clip.

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Not Business as Usual

by Swift Foundation on April 2, 2014

Not Business as Usual MovieThis feature length documentary tracks the changing landscape of business with the rising tide of conscious capitalism and features the inspiring stories of several subversive entrepreneurs from Vancouver who are redefining what it means to be successful. The next screening is Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Vancouver International Film Festival Vancity Theatre. Click here to watch. 

 

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2014-02-14-ShirleyPaperCoverCropped-300pNew working paper from The Center for Latin American Studies at the University California Berkeley is co-authored by Swift grantee, Mathias Craig, of blueEnergy…. In the face of rapid economic growth, there is a need for all countries to think about how to sustainably manage natural resources and protect biodiversity, while promoting both energy and food security. Click here to read more…

 

 

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Honor The Earth: Triple Crown of Pipeline Rides

by Swift Foundation on March 12, 2014

horsesBeautiful and touching video by Swift grantee, Honor the Earth, about three horseback journeys which trace the paths of imminent pipeline destruction.  From the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Alberta Clipper proposed expansion route and  the proposed Keystone XL route in the Dakotas, where riders from the White Earth Reservation joined with the Lakota. Watch video…

 


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The Transformative Potential of the Right to Food

by Swift Foundation on March 12, 2014

photo_agroecology{10 March 2014} GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger. Read press release.  To read De Schutter’s final report  submitted to the Human Rights Council click here.

 

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New Impact Investing Report

by Swift Foundation on February 4, 2014

Impact_Investing_2.0_imageImpact investing 2.0: The Way Forward – Insight from 12 Outstanding Funds

This report studies 12 funds with diverse objectives and geography to understand how they became successful in terms of financial performance and social impact. The selected funds include Calvert Foundation, Deutsche Bank, RSF Social Finance and The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In addition to the report, 12 fund case studies are released online through February 2014. [...]

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New Report about Ethiopia

by Swift Foundation on February 4, 2014

Ethiopia appropriations slidePress Release: US Congress Takes a Historic Stance Against Land Grabs-Related Forced Evictions in Ethiopia

Oakland, CA – In a historic move, the US Congress has taken a stance on land grabs-related human rights abuses in Ethiopia. The 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill contains provisions that ensure that US development funds are not used to support forced evictions in Ethiopia. [...]

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