Proud To Be Indigenous Week Starts Next Week – May 20th!

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Updated 5/14/2013

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Proud to Be Indigenous Week starts Monday, May 20th. Are you part of it yet?!

Indigenous Peoples from around the world will be descending on New York City for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). While most of us can’t make it to New York, our voices need to be heard! Proud To Be Indigenous is an online campaign for Indigenous People to share their stories. The Proud To Be Indigenous coalition includes over 40 Indigenous and Indigenous-friendly organizations, large and small and from all over the world, that will be sharing photos, videos and stories about Indigenous, Native and Aboriginal people online during UNPFII (see the full list of coalition members below).

But most importantly, Proud To Be Indigenous is about you, the Indigenous People from around the world, and sharing your story and voice. How? Throughout the week, we are encouraging people to share photos, videos and stories of themselves and why they are proud of their people and culture. We have already started receiving photos, videos and stories from Indigenous People in the Arctic, Amazon, and Central Africa! Join your Indigenous sisters and brothers and send us a photo of you holding a #Proud2BIndigenous sign so that next week, thousands of Indigenous people are showing their pride and sharing their voice. And make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter because during the week, we will be sharing Indigenous stories and news coming out of UNPFII.

How can you get involved? Its easy, no matter where you are.

TAKE A #PROUD2BINDIGENOUS PHOTO

Take a photo of yourself with your homemade #Proud2BIndigenous sign. See a few of the great examples we have already received below:

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Then post them on the Proud To Be Indigenous Facebook page with a message telling us your name, your People and where you live.

If you are on Twitter, tweet your photo using the hashtag #Proud2BIndigenous or #P2BI and we will retweet it.

And if you only have email, just email is the photo to proud2bindigenous@firstpeoples.org and we will share it for you.

That’s it! Make sure you sign up and join the movement so we can update you throughout the week on what is going on. And check out the schedule below for the Proud To Be Indigenous events in New York during UNPFII.

Thank you to the Proud To Be Indigenous Coalition: First Peoples WorldwideCultural SurvivalSmithsonian’s National Museum of the American IndianIndian Country Today Media NetworkAmazon WatchNative American Rights FundUnited Nations Global CompactA World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity (AWISH); Action Communautaire pour la Promotion des Défavorisés Batwa (ACPROD-BATWA); Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group; Bajoh Indigenous Development Association; Bible Hill Youth Club; Borena Amara Wetatoch Mehaber (BAYA); Borneo ProjectBuffalo Nickel CommunicationsConscious Living; Council of the Maya Ancestral Authorities of the Ixil Region; ELEMENTALEnterprise Development & Enterprise FacilityFundación Paso a PasoGlobal HandGulu Deaf AssociationGwich’in Steering CommitteeHiga-onon Ha Migsabuwa Ta Lanao, Inc.; Il’laramatak Community ConcernsIndigenous Peoples Issues and ResourcesIndigenous WavesInternational Indian Treaty Council (IITC); Literacy Action And Development Agency (LADA)Longhouse Media; Maya Leaders Alliance, Mindanao Fish, Wildlife Degenders and Parks Association; Mengbwa: Actions Jeunes (MAJE)Native Arts CollectiveNumi Organic Tea; Organisation d’Accompagnement et d’Appui aux Pygmées (OSAPY); Organization of Indigenous Communities of Masisea (OCOIM); Peopleriver; Pikhumpongan Dlibon Subanen, Inc. (PDSI); Pueblos Indígenas Chorotega (CPICh); Pwani Leadership Council (Kenya); Pygmy People Association for a Sustainable Development; Red Alliance MediaRunaSATIIM - Sarstoon-Temash Institute for Indigenous Management; Sundarbon Adibasi Munda Sangastha (SAMS), sweetriotTankaTebtebba; Toledo Alcaldes Association; Uganda Gender Rights Foundation; Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), Urunji Child-Care Trust; and Vision Maker Media.

 

PROUD TO BE INDIGENOUS WEEK

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Updated 5/14/2013

Annual Children’s Festival: “Aloha Days at the NMAI”
Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
at National Museum of the American Indian
Celebrate the culture, traditions and values of Native Hawai’i through dance, storytelling, workshops and much more.  Activities and workshops will be lead by Hālau O ‘Aulani.

First Peoples Worldwide Annual Board Meeting
Sunday, May 19 & Monday, May 20

Donor Breakfast
Tuesday, May 21 (Invitation only)
A chance for funders and First Peoples’ grantees to meet and explore future funding opportunities. Invitation only.
Contact nmorrison@firstpeoples.org for details.

Corporate Leadership & Indigenous Peoples
Tuesday, May 21, 12:30 – 2:30 PM EST
A workshop for companies establishing leadership roles within the growing global trajectory for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. RSVP is required.
Contact npelosi@firstpeoples.org for details.

Leadership Training for Indigenous Peoples
Tuesday, May 21, 6:00 – 9:00 PM EST
A culturally appropriate leadership training for Indigenous Peoples. RSVP is required.
Contact jtiller@firstpeoples.org for details.

UN Global Compact Consultation
Thursday, May 23, 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM EST
Workshop for Indigenous Peoples to provide feedback and comments to the UN Global Compact’s Business Reference Guide to UNDRIP. RSVP is required.
Contact npelosi@firstpeoples.org for details.

Native Right to Water
Thursday, May 23, 6:00 PM EST
Diker Pavilion at National Museum of the American Indian
In conjunction with the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the museum and the National Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals presents a discussion of Native water rights with Cecelia Belone, (Diné) and Native activist/attorney James Zion. This program will also be broadcast live on the web at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nmai-ny

Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Award
Thursday, May 23, 6:00 – 8:00 PM EST
at National Museum of the American Indian
Hosted by Cultural Survival
Contact agnes@culturalsurvival.org for details.

Cultural Survival Baazar
Friday May 24, 10:00 AM – 6PM EST
at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza
833 1st Ave, New York, NY 10017
Hosted by Cultural Survival
For more information, visit: http://bazaar.culturalsurvival.org/may-24-new-york-city-ny

Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Guidebook Meeting
Tuesday, May 28, 1:15 – 2:30PM EST
An introduction to Indigenous Peoples Guidebook to FPIC & Corporation Standards developed in partnership with First Peoples Worldwide, the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), and Trillium Asset Management.
Contact npelosi@firstpeoples.org for details.

Times are tentative and subject to change. All events wil take place in New York City. Sign-up to be alerted of additions and changes to the schedule.

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