One of the main aims of the Land Dialogues series is and has been to highlight Indigenous knowledge and wisdom as a solution to pressing global challenges. The series does so by creating a virtual space that bridges that gap, where the term “expert” is not limited to academics or researchers, in an effort to both decolonize and democratize knowledge. In particular, the Land Portal’s role is to highlight Indigenous Peoples’ need for agency and control over the data that is about them, recognizing that data can either amplify equality or exacerbate unequal power structures.
The Land Dialogues 2023 series will therefore shed a light on a variety of important issues when it comes to the agency of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities’ land rights; from the power differentials that exist when it comes to Indigenous land data, to Indigenous Peoples and Local communities taking back control of the dialogues and discussions with donors when it comes to climate funds. With this in mind, a series of four webinars will be held in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish, Portuguese and French. The Land Dialogues are co-organized by the Land Portal Foundation, the Tenure Facility, the Ford Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.