The stories of Indigenous People of Peninsular Malaysia, known locally as Orang Asli, is commonly understood as a recurring cycle of grief, anger and voicelessness. Generation after generation, the Orang Asli have seen their customary land taken away in the name of economic development and industry -- yet this is not the entirety of the Orang Asli experience.
As minorities, Indigenous People living in Peninsula Malaysia are still subjugated to policies rooted in the colonial legacy and denied political power. They are mostly cast aside from making decisions about their lives, customary land, religion, and culture, causing them to experience injustices. This makes them some of the most vulnerable people to climate impacts.
We seek to upset the old narrative by anchoring Indigenous People as powerful agents of change whose stories, histories, philosophy and knowledge are critical to shifting the climate discourse towards just transition and urgent climate action.
They hold the key to climate solutions. We cannot ignore Indigenous People’s rights; they must sit equally at the decision-making table.
What is Weaving Hopes for The Future ?
Weaving Hopes for the Future is an art and cultural response to climate degradation and climate injustice. It amplifies the voices and realities of Peninsular Malaysia’s Indigenous People — particularly underrepresented Indigenous youth and women in the climate justice movement.
This exhibition features an art installation alongside short documentaries led and produced by the Indigenous communities of Selangor and Pahang, Malaysia, respectively. Together, both form a complex and rich tapestry of the Orang Asli experience of the climate crisis.
Weaving Hopes for the Future is created with the support of local and international partners. The Weaving Hopes for the Future exhibition will be curated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 in the Mitchell Library under the Get Ready Glasgow by Glasgow City council and at the Centre of Contemporary Arts (CCA) Glasgow under the People’s Summit by COP26coalition.
In COP26, we hope our work advances the discourse of the Gender Action Plan and stronger commitment of human rights in the Paris Agreement to keep the 1.5°C alive. The Indigenous storytelling in Weaving Hopes anchors the prioritisation of Loss and Damage, climate reparations and climate finance for vulnerable people and developing states in the Global South.
Get Ready Glasgow by Glasgow City Council
2 November - 4 November 2021
10:00 am — 4:00 pm (UK time)
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
People’s Summit by COP26 Coalition
8 November - 14 November 2021
11:00 am - 6:00 pm (UK time)
Free and unticketed
Film screening & Discussion
CCA Glasgow Cinema
8 November 2021
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm (UK time)
Free and unticketed