For decades, drug policy has been a vehicle of oppression violating Indigenous rights. From forced crop eradication to the ban on traditional uses of psychoactive plants, repressive drug policy has taken away lives and livelihoods, while ripping Indigenous peoples away from their ancestral identities and ways of living.
It was primarily for this reason that Indigenous rights’ advocates gathered online last month, on this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, to debate how we shall move forward and repair these harms in the webinar ‘The War on Drugs and the Denial of Indigenous Rights’.
On August 16th, the International Drug Policy Consortium convened an online seminar that hosted representatives of indigenous communities across the world to discuss the impact of drug laws on their countries and cultures.
To read the full supporting article, click here - and to view the recorded online panel discussion, watch the video below: