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Decolonial and Indigenous Approaches to Environmental Peacebuilding: Special Issue of Peace Science Digest

If we are to conceive of a new security paradigm—one that rejects military solutions and asserts that security is achieved by addressing human needs and preserving planetary life—then we should look at alternatives to the Western/European systems of governance that have structured the global order over the past several centuries. This special issue—focused on decolonial and Indigenous approaches to environmental peacebuilding—explores Indigenous (and bottom-up) perspectives on the environment, peace, and conflict in a variety of contexts.

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National Youth Commission Chair Appeals for Schools as “Peace Zones” (Philippines)

The chairperson of the National Youth Commission appealed to the military and other groups involved in the conflict in Mindanao to treat schools, including Lumad schools, as zones of peace. His statement came after President Rodrigo Duterte said last month that he would order the police and the military to bomb the schools of the indigenous peoples.

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Wayward and Fanciful: The Mindanao-Sulu Peace and History Education Project (Philippines)

Republic Act No. 10908 mandates the integration of Filipino-Muslim and Indigenous Peoples history, culture and identity in the study of Philippine History in both Basic and Higher Education. The law recognizes the ultimate objective of creating an inclusive history that accounts for all Filipinos. There is however a dearth of resources on Bangsamoro and Lumad history, art, literature, and language. The Mindanao-Sulu History and Peace Education Project seeks to respond to this need.

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#StandingRockSyllabus

The NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective developed a syllabus project useful for educators and activists seeking to understand the historical issues of indigenous people’s struggle for social, cultural and ecological justice arising from the current movement to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation across Borders in Ecuador: Call for Applications (due March 21)

The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, FLACSO-Ecuador, and the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC) are pleased to announce the second annual Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders will take place from June 5-24, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador at FLACSO, with graduate-level credit issued by UMass Boston. The program will focus on conflict and peace in border regions.

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