“Indigenous common struggles and strategies to face them”

Miss Corinna Casi1

1University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

In time of ecological crises, what do indigenous people, coming from different parts of the world, have in common? Can we identify strategies to face indigenous common struggles?


In order to reply to these questions, this paper will addressed common struggles in time of crises that several indigenous communities –e.g. Sami indigenous people and Aboriginal people of Australian- are facing globally for instance: climate change, industrialization and increase of tourism in indigenous lands. Another clear example is the fight against extractivism and its harmful consequences in indigenous lands. Some of the costs concern environmental pollution such as water, soil and air pollution which then affect negatively indigenous traditional ways of living, strictly connected with natural resources and healthy -meant as non-polluted- environmental conditions.


A possible strategy can be the building of coalitions among different communities of indigenous people, as a network where they can help, support each other and identify common solutions. A positive element stemming out of these common struggles is that indigenous people have started to fight their battles and to be on the front line in public protests. This process has empower them to re-appropriate of their own image, dismantling naïve and ideological images of indigenous people.


Corinna Casi

is a PhD student in Environmental Ethics at Helsinki University, Finland and a member of Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS).

In 2018, her article about the ecological value of the Barents Region was published as a contribution in Human and Societal Security in the Circumpolar Arctic: Local and Indigenous Communities (BRILL). In November 2018, she was guest lecturer at the University of Palermo, Italy. In the May 2017 her article, about the value of non- aesthetically beautiful natural spaces, was published by Aarhus University Press. She taught at Helsinki Summer School in 2018, 2017 and 2015.

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