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Global Canoe Paddles for Indigenous Voices [10 Images]

On April 22, Global Canoe continued its mission to include indigenous leaders as decision makers in climate change agreements by paddling to the UN.
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As the Paris Agreement was being signed at the United Nations in New York City on Earth Day, April 22, Global Canoe continued its mission to have indigenous leaders included as decision makers in climate change agreements. Global Canoe first cut through the waves on the Seine River in Paris during the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). Enough attention was raised—using #PaddletoParis—to have indigenous leaders participate in climate change discussions, but they are still not able to participate in agreements that directly affect indigenous people and their land titles.

The North Brooklyn Boat Club provided a means for Global Canoe to access the East River in New York City and paddle towards the U.N. Indigenous leaders from Indonesia (AMAN), Mesoamerica (AMBP), the Amazon Region (COICA), as well as a delegation from the Onondaga Nation participated.

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Preamble of the International Treaty to Protect and Restore Mother Earth.

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-gyavvstees, Kwakwawakwiwak, is seen here giving an offering during the pre-paddle ceremony.

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Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. listening to his co-leaders speak.

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Mina Setra, of Indonesia, signing the International Treaty to Protect and Restore Mother Earth.

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Candido Mezua, Embera Nation, Panama is seen holding a watershed map and a print drawn by Oren Lyons.

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One of the larger canoes departing for the U.N.

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The NYPD intercepts the canoes preventing them from reaching the shore.

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A canoe with the Onondaga delegation raises their paddles one last time in front of the U.N. and NYPD.

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Canoes participating in Global Canoe gathered just before heading back to the boat club.