On 4 November 2021, Community Land Scotland presented Dùthchas: Our Land, Everyone’s Future at the Center for Contemporary Arts. The evening was part of a series of #OurVillage events, hosted by If Not Us Than Who? in conjunction with COP26. In this series, which runs through Saturday, 13th November, If Not Us Then Who? and partner organisations ask a series of questions intersecting climate change, indigenous peoples, land rights and the effects of the climate crisis around the world.
Dùthchas, the Gaelic concept of the connection between land and people, natural heritage and cultural belonging, was the theme of this event by Community Land Scotland. Ecological restoration and climate change mitigation efforts must respect the people that live on or near the land.
Speakers included author and land reformer Alastair McIntosh, Fiona Rennie from Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn/Galson Estate Trust on the Isle of Lewis, Darla Eno and Henry Wilson from Bridgend Farmhouse in Edinburgh, Kevin Cumming of The Langholm Initiative in the South of Scotland, Dr Calum Macleod, and Maggie Fyffe from Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust. Representing international voices onstage were Nonette Royo of The Tenure Faculty and Joan Carling, co-convenor of the Indigenous People’s Major Group for Sustainable Development. The event was chaired by Ailsa Raeburn, Chair of Community Land Scotland.
The event was livestreamed, with simultaneous translation in both Spanish and Portuguese.
To watch a recording of the event, click on the image below, or visit How can we connect to the land? | Our Village (ifnotusthenwho.me).