Indigenous Peoples Committee - Canada and Colombia film project

In 2015, the IBA Indigenous Peoples Committee undertook a project which brought indigenous peoples from northern Canada to meet with indigenous peoples of Colombia to exchange information focused on the success of the former group in achieving equality and mutually beneficial economic arrangements with mining companies in northern Canada. Following up on the project undertaken in 2015, in 2017 the Committee brought Colombian indigenous peoples to northern Canada, to meet with indigenous peoples of the Northwest Territories.

A documentary film of the visits to each country was produced:

In 2015 the IBA Indigenous Peoples Committee undertook a project which brought indigenous peoples from northern Canada to meet with indigenous peoples of Colombia to exchange information focused on the success of the former group in achieving equality and mutually beneficial economic arrangements with mining companies in northern Canada.

Indigenous lawyers and a Chief from the Northwest Territories in Canada talked to Colombian indigenous groups, mine executives and government officials from both Canada and Colombia about the evolution of the relationship between the indigenous people in Canada and the mining companies exploiting resources on their land. During the visit and discussions, this documentary was filmed to showcase the work being done in this area.

Following up on the project undertaken in 2015, in 2017 the IBA Indigenous Peoples Committee brought Colombian indigenous peoples to northern Canada, to meet with indigenous peoples of the Northwest Territories.

Through visits to the Legislative Assembly, the Aboriginal Bank and the Courthouse in Yellowknife and to the territories of the Tlicho and Katlo Deeche, indigenous leaders of Colombia and of Canada talked about the balance between tradition and change through mining investments in their lands. The Canadian Indigenous leaders talked about their ongoing relationships with mining companies and the subsequent deals they have negotiated so that development projects can benefit their people while protecting their land. This documentary showcases this experience and the impressions it left on the visiting Colombian delegation.