indigenous people

Protesters at Standing Rock. Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
The Jesuits in the USA and Canada have described as “morally unacceptable” the decision by the US Army Corps to resume the process that would establish a pipeline that would cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. They claim that it would violate the rights of the indigenous peoples and would threaten their water supplies.In a statement from the Jesuit Conference of the USA and Canada, the Society of Jesus, together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the...
Standing with Standing Rock: a protest in Washington DC. Wikimedia Commons
Communities and individuals around the world - including several in the UK - are uniting in prayer tomorrow in support of the indigenous people of Standing Rock. And members of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in the United States are physically standing by the Native Americans whose lives are being threatened by the proposed Dakota Access pipeline.Writing on the Ignatian Solidarity Network website, Amanda Peters says that as a volunteer with the JVC, she has felt the call to engage in...
Indian Jesuit Fr Vijay D’Souza SJ – based in Oxford – has been awarded graduate funding by the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Foundation. It will help him undertake three years of research on and documentation of the Hrusso Aka language of Arunachal Pradesh in North East India. Fr Vijay is a member of the Kohima Region of the Society of Jesus, an area known for its linguistic and cultural diversity: it is estimated that it is home to more than 200 distinct and indigenous cultures and...
A Jesuit priest of the Guyana Region has recently returned from a fact-finding visit to Brazil, where he was able to explore educational opportunities for indigenous Guyanese. Fr Ronnie Fernandes SJ was accompanied by the Executive Coordinator of Fe y Alegria in Paraíba (eastern Brazil), Fr Sérgio José SJ, when he visited Tocantins, a state in central Brazil. They were exploring ways in which the Jesuits in Guyana can begin Fe y Alegria projects which will strengthen their contribution to...