Moana Nui Conference, Nov. 9-11, 201l in Honolulu, Hawaii. The organizers of Moana Nui 2011 set out to create a People's conference organized around economic hegemony in the Pacific.
NATIVE RIGHTS, ECONOMIES, GOVERNANCE--RESISTING GLOBAL POWERS.
Passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), coupled with advancing decolonization movements among Pacific Islands peoples, has altered the political geography of Moana Nui. Nonetheless, Pacific Rim economic powers and multi-national corporations continue to dominate our regions. Global trade negotiations in APEC/TPP bring new dangers, as “economic integration” among powerful nations threatens to crush indigenous and small island peoples’ work toward strengthened control. This panel features key leaders from Oceania who have worked to restore Native peoples’ control and management of local resources and economies. They discuss strategies for defending our rights and resources from exploitation.