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Livelihood International (LIVIN) was created in 2016 to:
A) Promote sustainable and legitimate use of wild resources as a source of livelihood for rural and coastal communities, aboriginal and native communities, and small islands nations;
B) Consolidate and promote the importance of the livelihoods for beneficiaries of wild resources in their commitment to the conservation of the same resources;
C) Encourage the populations of small communities and the small islands nations to be fully involved in the conservation process of the living wild resources which they depend on;
D) To link its members with political, legal, legislative and other officials who might affect the management of such living wild resources;
E) Counteract to activities and initiatives aiming at destructing the fundamental link between human beings and other living creatures;
F) Reduce rural poverty and help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition;
G) Increase the resilience of livelihood from disasters;
H) To become the membership spokesperson on all aspects dealing with the protection of the collective interests.
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The Roots of
There has always been a segment of human society that aspires to subjugate diversity and to impose its own cultural, moral and ethical values upon others. In the nineteenth century we saw the British Empire spread through Asia and Africa cheered on, not as commonly believed, by merchants and soldiers but rather by clergymen and journalists who alike exhorted their national leadership to “bring the wretched heathen to the light” and “take up the white man’s burden” – in other words to bring the benefits of the supposedly superior Anglo-Saxon religion and culture to the inferior black and brown skinned people of the world.
Please do not believe for one passing moment that, with the coming of the twenty-first century, this imperialistic instinct has gone to its grave. To the contrary, the form may change and its expression may alter but the fundamental urge to subjugate one culture to the will of another remains. The new cultural imperialist does not bash a bible; he pushes an ecological manual in your face and demands your adherence. He does not avow adherence to a church of the spiritually enlightened; he professes membership in a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) of the morally superior. He comes not to save your souls; his flock will be your birds, your elephants, your reptiles and your fish. He alone knows how to care for and tend to them. He shares several salient features with his nineteenth century counterpart. He is utterly and totally convinced both of his own moral probity and of the right that his natural superiority imbues in him to tell you exactly what you are going to do and how you are going to do it.
In the past, when you defied a ranting British preacher, he ran to his national government demanding military protection. The new imperialist similarly runs to his national government when he is defied. If you will not adhere to the environmental strictures that he has mapped out for you – without, of course, consulting you – then he will demand that his national government, along with any available international bodies, impose on you a broad range of economic sanctions in return for your impetuosity.
Gil Theriault : president and executive director
Globetrotter, writer, speaker, photographer, Gil Theriault has spend most of the last decade encouraging decision makers to base their wildlife management regulations on facts, rational and science. He is defending the rights of his small and remote coastal community to sustainably use the wild resources on which they entirely rely to thrive.
Eugene Lapointe : vice-president
Learning from and living with nature in the vast wilderness of Canada was very much a part of Eugène Lapointe’s young life, who, at the age of seven, was catching partridges and rabbits to help feed his family who lived 50 miles (80 km.) from civilization. In this rustic setting, he learned that to survive, one must use sparingly what nature has to offer.
Many years later, as Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Mr. Lapointe was implementing on an international level lessons learned from nature in the Canadian wilds. Mr. Lapointe’s dedication to practical and realistic global natural resource conservation while Secretary-General of CITES defined his service.
Mr. Lapointe sought to continue his work in global conservation and founded the IWMC World Conservation Trust (IWMC) in 1994. IWMC is a world-wide coalition of wildlife managers who believe the most powerful conservation tool is sustainable utilization of terrestrial and marine wildlife resources.
As a conservationist, lecturer, jurist and diplomat, Mr. Lapointe, who is a versatile lecturer, has been promoting the sustainable utilization of terrestrial and marine wildlife resources, on a world-wide basis. During the last fifteen years, he has delivered numerous lectures in some 30 countries. He can be described as an optimistic humanist who truly believes in the merits of human nature.
Pierre-Yves Daoust : secretary and treasurer
A wildlife veterinarian who loves animals and is fascinated by them, Pierre-Yves Daoust believes in the critical importance of respecting animals and the environment, but also of respecting people and their needs. He has worked closely for many years with trappers, sealers and Inuit hunters, and he supports them wholeheartedly in their sustainable use of natural resources because he believes that those who live closest to nature are those who know it best and are most likely to protect it.
Aaju Peter : director
Aaju Peter was born in Greenland. In 1981, she moved to Iqaluit, Nunavut, where she has lived since. Since moving to Canadian arctic, Aaju promoted Inuit rights to language, culture, traditions and the right to sustainably use their wild resources: “Inuit have the highest unemployment rate, the highest cost of living, highest food insecurity in North America. We already live in one of the harshest environment in the world and the anti-hunt organizations are making living for the Inuit in the arctic even harsher. We are the last living hunting culture in North America. We are the people of permafrost and snow. We cannot grow vegetables. We do not have trees. We live on what nature provides for us: wild resources. If we cannot sell those products, we cannot provide for our families.”
Nikolas Sellheim : director
Nikolas holds a PhD in law, but does not just love paragraphs, but how they were created. He is a legal anthropologist. Nikolas is an avid cyclist, musician and music fanatic. But it is especially the situation of the subaltern that has always driven his sense for social justice.
LIVIN is based in Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada.
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