Land rights: “Our territory belongs to us and we belong to our territory”
LifeMosaic’s new video on “Land Rights” takes a look at three different types of land rights: community concessions on state land, individual land ownership and communal ownership of territory. It’s the fourth in LifeMosaic’s series “Territories of Life”:
The video argues in favour of collective or community rights, where the community as a whole legally owns and manages the land. The communal territory is under the authority of indigenous peoples. It cannot be sold or divided and the rights to the territory are permanent.
Barbara Muelas, of the Misak indigenous people in Colombia, tells us about the importance of territory to her community:
“Our territory belongs to us and we belong to our territory. The land is sacred. We can never sell her. She’s our mother. And nobody can sell their mother.”