Sacred Land, Poisoned Peoples


Pre-conference: "Uranium Mining, Health and Indigenous Peoples"
26 August 2010, on the occasion of the IPPNW World Congress
"Nuclear Abolition: For a Future!" at the University of Basel

This conference will offer representatives of indigenous peoples endangered by uranium mining a distinguished European venue to tell their stories.  They will have the opportunity to strengthen their action networks by meeting with politicians, members of NGOs and people from around the globe, like themselves, struggling to end uranium mining.

A "Talking Stick" will help make palpable the far-flung cultural diversity of the conference speakers.  Whoever holds the stick has our ears, our attention.  The conference will be structured like a journey around the globe - Germany - Canada - USA - India - Africa - South America - Russia...  Experts will act as interpretive stewards along our travels by supplementing eyewitness accounts with results from the most recent scientific studies impacting the conference's complex of themes:  uranium, radiation, health.


The conference program: A journey around the globeA JOURNEY AROUND THE GLOBE

09:00 h
Attunement by a representative of indigenous people

09:05 h
Welcome Adress
Claus Biegert on behalf of the conference organizers

09:10 h

Michael Beleites: The Wismut file

09:30 h

Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
Robert Del Tredici, co-founder of the Atomic Photographers Guild

10:20 h Break

10:50 h
Manuel Pino, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico
Charmaine White Face, Lakota Nation, South Dakota

11:40 h
Video message: Davi Kopenawa Janomani

11:50 h
Rebecca Bear Wingfield,Kupa Pita Kungka Tjuta, South Australia
Dean Mahomed, Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, Arabunna Ulkara
Mangement Committee
Delegation of the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC),
Justin O´Brien, Kirsten Blair & Dave Sweeney representing the
Mirarr People
Video message: Yvonne Margarula, Mirarr Senior Traditional Owner

12:50 h Lunch

14:00 h

Health effects of uranium Mining

Sebastian Pflugbeil, society for radiation protection
Dale Dewar, MD, FCFP, Executive Director, PGS Canada
Michael Dworkind, MD, President of PGS, Canada

15:00 h
Punit Raj Kishor Minj, Uraon, secretary general of the JMACC
and coordinator of BIRSA-MMC

15:30 h Break

16.00 h
Hilma Shindondola-Mote, director of the Labour Resource and
Research Institute, Windhoek

Azara Jalawi, president of commune des femmes, Arlit

Many Camara, ARCF, university of Bamako

17:00 h

Oleg Bodrov, chairman Green World

17:30 h

MODERATION: Claus Biegert, Nuclear Free Future Award

18:15 h
reception for the congress' participants by the mayor of Basel and IPPNW-board member Dr. Guy Morin
historical museum (Barfüsserkirche), Barfüsserplatz - afterwards shuttle to rhineport Basel

19: 30 h
dinner on the "Schiff", rhineport Basel

Conference organizers: PSR / IPPNW Switzerland, IPPNW Germany, Nuclear Free Future Award in cooperation with uranium-network, Society for Threatened Peoples, Germany, Society for Threatened Peoples, Switzerland, INCOMINDIOS Switzerland

The conference language will be English; simultaneous interpreting into German is planned.

PSR / IPPNW Schweiz, Klosterberg 23, CH-4051 Basel
Tel./Fax 0041 (0) 61 271 50 25, sekretariat(at),
IPPNW Deutschland, Körtestraße 10, D ? 10967 Berlin
Tel. 0049 (0) 30 698 07 40, kontakt(at);

Nuclear Free Future Award, Ganghoferstr. 52, 80339 München,
Tel. 0049 (0) 89 28 65 97 14, info(at),

In cooperation with

AG, Postfach 5102, 79018 Freiburg
Tel. 0049 (0) 761 44 36 56, mail(at) ,

Society for Threatened Peoples, Germany, Postfach 2024, D-37010 Göttingen, Tel.: 0049 (0) 551 49906-0, info(at) , 

Society for Threatened Peoples, Switzerland, Wiesenstrasse 77, CH-3014 Bern
Tel.: 0041 (0) 31 311 90 08, info(at)

INCOMINDIOS Schweiz, CH-8032 Zürich
Tel./Fax.: 0041 (0) 44 383 03 35, mail(at);  

HEINRICH BÖLL FOUNDATION, Schumannstr. 8, D -10117 Berlin; email info(at), 

Precongress flyers in english and in german:

Flyer in english
Flyer in german