Resolution recognizing the traditional homeland of the Gabrielino-Tongva people, the caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles Basin and Southern Channel Islands).
WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate acknowledges that there are over 370,000,000 Indigenous Peoples around the world and spread across more than 90 countries, and who belong to more than 5,000 different indigenous groups and speak more than 4,000 different indigenous languages; and
WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate acknowledges there are more than 5,000,000 Indigenous Peoples living in the United States, and the State of California has over 700,000 Native American and California Indians and the Los Angeles County is home to over 150,000 people who identify as Native Americans or California Indian; and
WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate acknowledges that our institution serves a diverse student body that includes Native Americans, California Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or Kanaka Maoli otherwise known as First Nations People; and
WHEREAS, the El Camino College acknowledges and celebrates the Los Angeles County’s May 1st, 2018 adoption that established the 2nd Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day, and this institution further acknowledges and celebrates the whole month of November as Native American and Indigenous Heritage month and recognizes that every day we should celebrate all the lives of both our Native American and Indigenous students, as well as all of our student population; and
WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate acknowledges the institution is on the unceded territory of the Gabrielino-Tongva Indian Tribe who are recognized by the State of California, and whose leaders are recognized by the California Native American Heritage Commission, and the institution also recognizes the other tribes not federally recognized and who are traditionally part of the Indigenous Peoples that steward the lands known today as El Camino College; and
WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate acknowledges that a second forcible dispossession of the land El Camino College now occupies occurred in the 1920s when the proposed Gordon Manor residential development project owned by Dr. Wilbur C. Gordon and Black Realtors, a project that would have created more than 1,000 homes specifically for African Americans was condemned by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, further entrenching residential segregation; and
WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate maintains that education institutions should work toward greater justice and acknowledge the role that educational institutions have played in the genocide and oppression of Indigenous Peoples, from the brutality of the residential schools to the sanitization of the mission system in the curriculum, names, and icons used by California’s public schools; and
WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate upholds the ideals of human rights for all our students, and that these rights include the rights of Indigenous Peoples; and
WHEREAS, the El Camino College Academic Senate acknowledges the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as passed by the United Nations General Assembly on the 13th of September in the year 2007, that this acknowledgement is recommendatory and not binding; and
WHEREAS, we express solidarity with all Indigenous Peoples around the world and particularly the Indigenous Peoples attending the El Camino College and their pursuit of higher education; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the El Camino College Academic Senate declares that the lives of our Indigenous students matter; and affirms the rights of Indigenous students, staff, faculty, and administrators to be treated with respect and dignity within schools and communities; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the El Camino College Academic Senate encourages faculty across disciplines and content areas to specifically include in their curricula materials that represent topics of inclusion and diversity that support indigenous ways of learning; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that El Camino College Academic Senate invites faculty across disciplines and content areas to acknowledge and use the Land Acknowledgement Toolkit and its resources that represent all our Indigenous Peoples and learners to continuously enrich instruction.
Adopted unanimously this 16th day of November, 2021 by the El Camino College Academic Senate.
The United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 4 and international human rights law.
Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity.
Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions.
Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions, while retaining their right to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social and cultural life of the State.
Every indigenous individual has the right to a nationality.
(a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
(b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
(c) Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
(d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration;
(e) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them.
Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to belong to an indigenous community or nation, in accordance with the traditions and customs of the community or nation concerned. No discrimination of any kind may arise from the exercise of such a right.
Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.
Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decision-making in matters which would affect their rights, through representatives chosen by themselves in accordance with their own procedures, as well as to maintain and develop their own indigenous decision-making institutions.
States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them. Article 20
Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their right to development. In particular, indigenous peoples have the right to be actively involved in developing and determining health, housing and other economic and social programmes affecting them and, as far as possible, to administer such programmes through their own institutions.
1. Indigenous peoples have the right to their traditional medicines and to maintain their health practices, including the conservation of their vital medicinal plants, animals and minerals. Indigenous individuals also have the right to access, without any discrimination, to all social and health services.
Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities to future generations in this regard.
States shall establish and implement, in conjunction with indigenous peoples concerned, a fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent process, giving due recognition to indigenous peoples’ laws, traditions, customs and land tenure systems, to recognize and adjudicate the rights of indigenous peoples pertaining to their lands, territories and resources, including those which were traditionally owned or otherwise occupied or used. Indigenous peoples shall have the right to participate in this process.
development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.
Indigenous peoples have the right to promote, develop and maintain their institutional structures and their distinctive customs, spirituality, traditions, procedures, practices and, in the cases where they exist, juridical systems or customs, in accordance with international human rights standards. Article 35 Indigenous peoples have the right to determine the responsibilities of individuals to their communities.
have the right to maintain and develop contacts, relations and cooperation, including
activities for spiritual, cultural, political, economic and social purposes, with their
own members as well as other peoples across borders.
States in consultation and cooperation with indigenous peoples, shall take the appropriate measures, including legislative measures, to achieve the ends of this Declaration.
Indigenous peoples have the right to have access to financial and technical assistance from States and through international cooperation, for the enjoyment of the rights contained in this Declaration.
Indigenous peoples have the right to access to and prompt decision through just and fair procedures for the resolution of conflicts and disputes with States or other parties, as well as to effective remedies for all infringements of their individual and collective rights. Such a decision shall give due consideration to the customs, traditions, rules and legal systems of the indigenous peoples concerned and international human rights.
The organs and specialized agencies of the United Nations system and other intergovernmental organizations shall contribute to the full realization of the provisions of this Declaration through the mobilization, inter alia, of financial cooperation and technical assistance. Ways and means of ensuring participation of indigenous peoples on issues affecting them shall be established.
The United Nations, its bodies, including the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and specialized agencies, including at the country level, and States shall promote respect for and full application of the provisions of this Declaration and follow up the effectiveness of this Declaration.
The rights recognized herein constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world.
All the rights and freedoms recognized herein are equally guaranteed to male and female indigenous individuals.
Nothing in this Declaration may be construed as diminishing or extinguishing the rights indigenous peoples have now or may acquire in the future.