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RE: Interim Meeting and Press Conference Held by Yuchi Township, Nantou County Rural People’s Congress to Discuss Laying out of the Traditional Land of Tsou Tribe. The statements of the Council of Indigenous Peoples are as follows:

  • 更新時間:2018/07/23 11:18:24

1. Competent agencies had been invited to negotiate and fully express their opinions on traditional land of the Tsou Tribe.

Regulations on Indigenous Land or Tribal Land Laying out were approved by the Legislative Yuan through third reading. The laws and regulations stipulated by the Council of Indigenous Peoples were authorized to be governing laws when promoting the laying out land of Indigenous Peoples subject to the amendment of Article 21 of Indigenous Peoples Basic Act announced to be implemented by the President on Jun. 24, 2015.

The Council convened Consultative Group Meeting on Feb. 26, 2018 in accordance with the Regulations and invited Nantou County government, Yuchi Township Office, National Property Administration, MOF, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Administration Office of Sun Moon Lake, the 3rd River Management Office, WRA and other public land management agencies to participate in the meeting. The consensus of respecting traditional land laying out result was achieved after full discussion in the meeting among participating agencies.

2. Tsou People’s traditional land was laid out according to the laws, with private lands being excluded

According to the Regulations, the laying out of traditional land was only limited to public lands. The private lands that were not covered in the announcement had not been included into traditional land. The ownership of private land had no changes and not been influenced, which was clearly marked in the illustration of announcement.

For Indigenous Peoples, land carried language, cultures as well as history. Based on the historical facts and Indigenous Peoples Act as well as Regulations, the Tsou People laid out the traditional land.

3. Only a few development cases that have adverse effects on the environment are needed to be consulted with the tribal people for approval

The developers participated in the stipulation of Regulations subject to the consent of Indigenous Peoples tribes. Only the development and exploit cases that infringed on the rights of Indigenous Peoples to natural resources in the land or did harm to living environment should be consulted to obtain the consent from Indigenous Peoples or tribes. With regard to general development and utilization cases such as roads, drainage or other livelihood public facilities, the developers did not have to obtain consent from Indigenous Peoples in most of cases. Moreover, judging whether a case required the agreement of the tribe through consultation was also a preliminary review by the local public office according to its authority. The local government had to fully participate in the tribal consent process and would not affect the normal development of local construction.

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