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Success in building respect: Ainu culture recognized as official indigenous people ^wf

Success in building respect: Ainu culture recognized as official indigenous people ^wf

A David Suzuki Foundation moment in history: Helping the Ainu build respect for their culture September 5, 2011 | Leave a comment Ainu traditional lands were scarred by poor logging and land management practices. By Rachelle Delaney, Editorial production coordinator, and Janice Williams, Archives coordinator One of the measures of global environmental health is the survival and well-being of indigenous people. So when the Ainu people of Hokkaido, Japan, approached the David Suzuki Foundation in the early '90s, requesting our help to promote their culture and protect their traditional lands, we readily agreed. The word Ainu simply means "human," but since the arrival of settlers in Japan in the 15th century, the Ainu had been treated as anything but. Like North American settlers, those in Japan brought diseases that decimated indigenous populations. They also banned the Ain...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/panther-lounge/2011/09/a...

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