〔Press Release〕2016/03/19 Ecological Farmers from Seven Countries Shares Indigenous Ecological Wisdom and Agricultural Experiences with Kolas Yotaka

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Kolas Yotaka in Ssumakussu Village

Legislator Kolas Yotaka drove down to Ssumakussu village in Hsinchu’s Jianshi County to participate in the International Network of Indigenous Ecological Farmers’ signing of the Declaration. The funding for the Walking Workshop and Alliance Meeting was raised entirely through non-government sources. The ten-day meeting invited indigenous ecological farmers from seven different countries to come and share their experiences. Through walking workshops of various indigenous communities in Taiwan and meetings, the delegates were able to see examples of what issues modern-day indigenous farmers regularly faced: indigenous sovereignty, government interactions, and balancing traditional ecological practices with agricultural economy. These were hot topics of discussion. In recent years, climate change has also had a significant impact on indigenous farming. Delegations from Philippines, Australia, Papau New Guinea, Thailand, Malaysia, India and Nepal all came and shared their views on possible solutions to climate change.
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〔新聞稿〕Kolas Yotaka與7國生態農夫分享部落生態智慧與農業經驗!

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立法委員Kolas Yotaka週末親自開車前往新竹縣尖石鄉司馬庫斯部落,參與「國際原住民生態農夫結盟會議」宣言簽署。國際原住民生態農夫結盟會議今年由民間單位募款主辦,邀請7國原住民族生態農夫來台灣開設行動工作坊分享部落經驗。經過一週緊湊的行程參觀台灣部落,分享現代原住民族的生活普遍面臨的問題如:部落主權與國家政治的交互作用、傳統生態智慧與農業經濟的平衡,採討層面極廣。近年氣候變遷對原住民族部落也產生極大影響,透過這次行動工作坊,來自菲律賓、泰國、新幾內亞、澳洲、尼泊爾、印度、馬來西亞等七國的原住民族部落代表也分享因應氣候變遷的可行方式。

Kolas表示:「當民意代表最主要的工作是真正的了解人民的需要或者問題,透過深入部落了解現況是必做的功課。」原住民族部落分散在台灣各個偏遠、難觸及的角落,因此Kolas常常利用週末開車全台透透。但這點對Kolas 不成問題,熱愛與民眾面對面接觸的她,認為週末開車奔波並不辛苦,反而是可以抒壓的戶外活動;還能學習到會議桌上接觸不到的原住民族現況。

Kolas認為原住民族的文化建立在原住民族的經濟自主:「有尊嚴才能保護自己的文化,這是自治的必要前提。」台灣的原住民族有六成以上務農,以農產品為主要的經濟來源;Kolas認為原住民族農民常面臨產銷方面的困難,需要全盤理解,並提供有效協助。這次國際性的交流活動,則與其他國家的原住民族生態農夫交流,就原住民族的生態智慧、民族自治與主權、政府與原住民族傳統土地海域的關等等重大議題交換經驗,為更多世界原住民族部落帶來正面力量。

Kolas Yotaka在擔任桃園市原住民族行政局局長任內便多次深入山區了解原住民族為求經濟自主所遭遇的困難,今年Kolas除了在立法院Kolas把握相關機會詢問農政單位對原住民族普遍面臨農產運銷方面的問題的了解程度與解決方案。也依然大力支持桃園市「媽媽桃」的行銷推廣。

〔Press Release〕 2016/03/17 Kolas Yotaka: Amend Draconian Assembly and Parade Act and Vindicate Indigenous Protestors

Today Legislative Internal Administration Committee focused on reviewing amendments to Assembly and Parade Act. Kolas brought in pictures of indigenous protests from the 1980s and 1990s that most media sources have never used. First, Kolas asked if Minister of the Interior, Chen Wei-ren his understanding of Wu Fung. Then, for the officials and legislators, she reviewed the indigenous activist history and how during these rallies and demonstrations some protestors were sentenced and prosecuted for violating Assembly and Parade Act.

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〔新聞稿〕Kolas Yotaka:重修惡法「集會遊行法」 為「原運」平反

今日立法院內政委員會針對集會遊行法修正草案進行審議,Kolas更帶來在許多媒體都沒有曝光過的1980-1990年代各式各樣原住民族走上街頭抗爭的珍貴照片。Kolas首先詢問內政部長陳威仁對「吳鳯」這個神話的了解,並為現場官員、立委復習台灣原住民族運動史,以及在這些運動中因為違反集會遊行法被判刑、起訴的犧牲者。

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