New app aims to connect Indigenous entrepreneurs

A new mobile application #thismymob aimed at connecting and supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs is set to be launched by the University of Technology Sydney in collaboration with the University of Melbourne. Creator Christopher Lawrence told Sky News a remaining 18-month study period will hone the app before young Indigenous people can effectively wield it to establish themselves as coders, programmers and entrepreneurs. The app is expected to officially launch in 2020. Image: YouTube / #thismymob UTS


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Apply for funding for the UNPFII and other meetings!  

Hello friends, just to let you know that the deadline to apply has been further extended until October 31st, so you still have time to apply for funding for the UNPFII and other meetings! // 

Hola amigos, solo para informarles que la fecha límite para postularse se extendió hasta el 31 de octubre, ¡así que aún tiene tiempo para solicitar fondos para el UNPFII y otras reuniones!

Olá amigos, só para informar que o prazo para inscrição foi prorrogado até 31 de outubro, então você ainda tem tempo para solicitar financiamento para o Foro Permanente e outras reuniões!

Call for Nominations – Membership of PFII 2020-2022

Vacancies to be filled from January 2020 to December 2022

The current membership of the Permanent Forum is due to expire at the end of 2019.

Nominations are now requested for the three-year period from January 2020 until December 2022. Current members who have served the maximum of two terms (six years) as Permanent Forum members cannot be nominated for a further term.

Nominations by indigenous people’s organizations

According to established practice, the eight indigenous nominated members are from each of the seven socio-cultural regions determined to give broad representation to the world’s indigenous peoples. These socio-cultural regions are: Africa; the Arctic; Asia; Central and South America and the Caribbean; Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia; North America; and the Pacific.

The eighth member is nominated from one of the three regions with the largest indigenous population (Africa; Asia; and Central and South America and the Caribbean).  This seat rotates among these three regions every three years, thus adding a second member from that region for each three-year term. (See ECOSOC Decision 2016/205, Election 2).

Therefore, for the membership 2020–2022, there will be two members of the Permanent Forum from Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Download the Call for nominations by DESAEN | SP | FR | RU

How to submit nominations:

To send in nominations for consideration the following documents are required:

  • Nomination letter

  • A recent resume/curriculum vitae of the nominee (maximum 2 printed pages in Word format)

  • A short biography of the nominee (200 words)

  • Information on the consultations amongst indigenous peoples’ organizations

  • Information about the nominating organization(s)

Consultations amongst indigenous organizations are encouraged to commence as soon as possible to ensure that the President of the ECOSOC has suitable candidates for consideration and appointment.  In considering possible candidates the organizations are encouraged to take into account the expertise relevant to the mandate of the Permanent Forum as well as the principles of geographic distribution and gender balance.

The deadline for submission of nominations is 25 January 2019.

Where to submit:

All nominations must be submitted by 25 January 2019 via

email: | Subject: Nominations PFII 2020–2022

OR correspondence:

Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch – Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Division for Inclusive Social Development
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
Room S-2954, 405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
United States of America

Received nominations will be confirmed by email.


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San Francisco celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day as a formal holiday for the first time

As the stigma around Columbus Day has changed over the course of some years, people have been quick to highlight the atrocious acts of Christopher Columbus, which includes rape, genocide and torture, leading many to protest the holiday under his name.

“Christopher Columbus was a rapist and a murderer. I feel like in America, they teach you when you were young, ‘he discovered America, this is important history,’ but in reality, it’s all lies,” said Amalia Lamar, an undeclared major at SF State.

Oct. 8, 2018, marked the first formal Indigenous Peoples Day in the city of San Francisco. San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors discontinued the Columbus Day holiday on Jan. 23 of this year in a 10-1 vote favoring the removal of Columbus Day and changing it to Indigenous Peoples Day.

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Call for submissions – Thematic report on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion for victims of trafficking

In her last thematic report to the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, paid close attention to the issue of identification, referral and assistance to victims and potential victims of trafficking, especially in mixed migration flows. However, protection does not end with identification and referral to appropriate services; the ultimate goal being that of their social inclusion and reintegration, in countries of destination, transit and of forced or voluntary returns.

Victims of trafficking who have been subjected to sexual, labour or any other form of exploitation often face marginalization, shame and humiliation as a result of their exploitation, which often force them to return to their families and communities even poorer than when they had left in search for a better life.  

This is why, to achieve their meaningful social inclusion and reintegration into society, States, the international community, as well as civil society organizations and the private sector need to envisage long-term solutions, including in terms of economic empowerment and job creation, to allow trafficked persons to effectively rebuild their lives and prevent further re-trafficking.

For this purpose, for her next thematic report to be presented at the UN Human Rights Council in June 2019, Ms Giammarinaro wishes to identify key challenges and innovative and transformative models of social inclusion of victims of trafficking into societies. Mindful that trafficking in persons manifests itself in different forms across different regions of the world, she hopes that submissions provided to her will reflect the specificities of each region, based on the practical challenges faced by victims and other actors engaging with them. The Special Rapporteur is also interested in exploring experiences in which access to remedies, including compensation, has been instrumental to social inclusion.

Areas of interest

The Special Rapporteur particularly welcomes submissions focusing on the following aspects:

  • Information (name and contact details) on relevant stakeholders  engaged in designing and/or implementing innovative models of social inclusion of vulnerable groups more broadly, including but not limited to victims of trafficking (e.g. initiatives implemented for asylum seekers, refugees, victims of abuses in general terms, groups at risk, etc.);

  • Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in countries of transit and/or of destination;

  • Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in countries of forced or voluntary returns;

  • Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in relation to former child soldiers and sexual slaves in post-conflict settings;

  • Information on innovative and transformative models of social inclusion and reintegration of victims of trafficking in cooperation with the private sector, multi-stakeholder initiatives and trade unions as well as traditional and religious leaders and community-based protection systems.

All submissions should be sent to by 15 November 2018.

Call for Applications for financial support from the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples

The Call for Applications for financial support from the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples to attend the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2019), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2019), and Treaty Body sessions between January and March 2019 is now open. Please check the grant cycle for the detailed list of sessions and apply online through the web link below.

Deadline for applying is 12 October 2018.


La convocatoria de solicitudes de apoyo financiero del Fondo Voluntario de las Naciones Unidas para los Pueblos Indígenas para asistir al Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas (2019), el Mecanismo de Expertos sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (2019) y sesiones del Órgano de Tratados entre enero y marzo de 2019 ahora abierto. Por favor, consulte el ciclo de subvención para ver la lista detallada de sesiones y solicite en línea a través del enlace a continuación

La fecha límite para el envío de solicitudes es el 12 de octubre del 2018.


L’appel à candidatures pour le soutien financier du Fonds de contributions volontaires des Nations Unies pour les peuples autochtones à l’Instance permanente sur les questions autochtones (2019), le Mécanisme d’experts sur les droits des peuples autochtones (2019) et les sessions des organes conventionnels de janvier à mars 2019 Ouvert. S'il vous plaît vérifier le cycle de subvention pour la liste détaillée des sessions et postuler en ligne via le lien ci-dessous

Les candidatures sont acceptées jusqu’au 12 octobre 2018.

Indigenous Community Radio Grants Project

Application Deadline for Concept Proposals: October 18, 2018

Cultural Survival is pleased to announce its third Call for Proposals for projects in Indigenous community radio. The Indigenous Community Media Grants Project is part of Cultural Survival’s Community Media Program, with a goal to empower Indigenous-owned and Indigenous-led community radio as a platform to inform, entertain, educate, and organize according to their own needs and collective interests as communities.

The aim for the Indigenous Community Media Grants Project is to strengthen the impact and influence of community radio stations at the local and regional levels in their work towards the revitalization of Indigenous cultures, languages, histories, philosophies, rights,  the protection of ancestral territories and natural resources, and the promotion of women’s leadership. Indigenous community radio stations from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Nepal, Northern India, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa are eligible to apply to this round of funding. Concept notes will be accepted until October 18, 2018.  

Learn more.        In Nepali.       In Spanish.       In K'iche'.

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Indigenous Fellowship program 2019-2020

A Call for expressions of interest for the Indigenous Fellowship program 2019-2020 has been launched (deadline September 21, 2018).

Since 2009, when the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program was launched, members of indigenous and local communities have worked in WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division on issues relevant to indigenous peoples.

These include the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC), outreach to indigenous peoples and local communities, WIPO’s cooperation with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The fellowship responds to the reciprocal needs for stronger capacity in the rapidly growing domain of indigenous IP law and for strengthened capacity on IP law and policy for indigenous lawyers and policy advisers.

For more info, please see:


Briefing in NY on OHCHR plans around civic space

Ms. Peggy Hicks, Director of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures, and Right to Development Division at OHCHR will brief interested civil society on OHCHR plans for the coming years around civic space, followed by a discussion. The briefing will be held on Friday 17 August 2018 at 3 pm at UNHQ, New York in Conference Room A. One member per organization is cordially invited to attend the briefing. Kindly confirm your participation by email to Ms. Morenike Aroso ( by 16 August latest.

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Support Needed for Indigenous family in Dominica

Irvince Auguiste is a Tribal Link Project Access Alumni and a former chief of the indigenous Kalinago people of Waitukubuli, known as Dominica in the Caribbean. On September 17th 2017 his island was devastated by ravaging hurricane María. His family of nine members, as well as the complete village, was one of the most impacted on the island. After María only five houses standing remained of a community of in total 38 households.

Irvince's house and car were totally destroyed. Three of his sons were injured. One of them called Tikenti was covered under a concrete wall of their house. Due to his severe injuries, he had to be flown to another island for medical attention.

After losing everything they had built and owned over 30 years, the past year the family has been dealing with all that came with the hurricane’s aftermath. His son’s treatment has been very costly until now, many of the materials have to be shipped from abroad and the economy oriented on tourism, the family’s source of income, has not recovered yet.

Irvince’s family survived, but they are still living in tents without proper roof or facilities for a dignified new beginning. Nearly a year after losing everything, tired of waiting for governmental help and in the fear of the upcoming hurricane period, Irvince now asks you for help. His home was always open for all visitors and will always be. Last Sunday the new hurricane period officially started and his family is not asking for any luxury but a safe home. The requested amount will be spent on buying materials and tools for a new house. If required the details of expenses spent will be provided through email. Please contribute to this account and be sure that if you come one day to his house, you will be received with all hospitality and gratitude.  When the family has a new home they can continue helping others in the community.

Please consider supporting and sharing this link with others:


International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2018

The observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will take place on Thursday 9 August 2018 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year’s theme is “Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement”.

The event will include a panel discussion on the current situation of indigenous territories, the root causes of migration, trans-border movement and displacement, with a specific focus on indigenous peoples living in urban areas and across international borders. The panel will also examine the challenges and ways forward to revitalize indigenous peoples’ identities and encourage the protection of their rights in or outside their traditional territories.

After the panel there will be Q&A segment where participants can make comments and/or ask questions from the floor. We kindly ask all speakers to limit their interventions to 3 minutes.


Please register >>>>>HERE<<<<<

Remember to read the information carefully.

Registration closes on Sunday 5 August 2018 at 11:00 pm EST


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New global report on the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in wetland management

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has a long-standing commitment to promote, recognize and strengthen the active participation of indigenous peoples, and local communities as key stakeholders for conservation and integrated wetland management (Resolution XII.2, para 19). In celebration of the ‘International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples’, which takes place on August 9th each year, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat has published an initial report on ‘The relationship of indigenous peoples and local communities with wetlands.’ This publicationprovides a compilation of the Convention’s available data on indigenous peoples and local communities, as requested by the Ramsar Conference of the Parties (Resolution XII.2, para 20).  

The report also presents an overview of the Convention’s current policy framework, and provides examples of approaches from other relevant environmental policy processes, international law and practices that the Contracting Parties could consider in order to strengthen the Convention’s inclusive and participatory approach to wetland conservation and wise use.

For Report: Download


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Taíno Exhibition Opens at the National Museum of the American Indian

"Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean" opened July 28 and runs through October 2019 at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. The exhibition includes photographs and a discussion of the community and activist groups keeping the Taíno movement strong, such as the United Confederation of Taíno People, which maintains a visible presence at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and throughout the UN system. #Taino #NMAI  

 Pamela Kraft, Tribal Link Foundation's Executive Director (at right) attends the opening of "Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian on July 28th, 2018 in New York. In photo (from left): Mainaku, Kayaani, and Joselyn Borrero with Pamela Kraft.  Photo credit: Roberto Múkaro Borrero

Pamela Kraft, Tribal Link Foundation's Executive Director (at right) attends the opening of "Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian on July 28th, 2018 in New York. In photo (from left): Mainaku, Kayaani, and Joselyn Borrero with Pamela Kraft. Photo credit: Roberto Múkaro Borrero

Newly Released Video Shows Indigenous Man Thought to be Last of His Amazon Tribe

(SAO PAULO) — No one knows his name. No one knows the name of the people he came from. And he appears to have lived alone in Brazil’s Amazon for 22 years.

Video released for this first time this week by Brazil’s Indian Foundation shows rare images of a so-called uncontacted indigenous man who is believed to be the last surviving member of his tribe. The footage was shot in 2011, though a team that tracks him says it last saw evidence he was alive in May.

By SARAH DILORENZO / AP July 21, 2018


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Inspiring Indigenous internationalism

Excerpt from article: 

The Permanent Forum, as it is often referred to, serves as an advisory body to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). While the UN serves nation-states, the UN PFII provides Indigenous peoples with a unique avenue to voice concerns in an influential setting. However, navigating the UN is complex and often intimidating for many people, and that’s where Project Access shines.

Project Access was established by the Tribal Link Organization to help Indigenous peoples understand the mandate of the UN Permanent Forum. This year, the Project Access training brought together Indigenous leaders from all 7 of the Indigenous regions. The program is delivered with the aid of several UN accredited Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and most helpfully, with the help of previous participants who serve as mentors. The multifaceted training helps new participants understand the history of Indigenous peoples at the UN, the purpose of the Permanent Forum, and how to deliver effective interventions on the floor. Taking place for the three days preceding the UN PFII, the training brought in speakers from UN accredited Indigenous NGOs (International Indian Treaty Council), UN agencies (Convention on Biological Diversity), and academia (Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program, Columbia University). Furthermore, we were able to meet the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the Chief of the Secretariat for the Permanent Forum!

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 Project Access trainees represented the 7 recognized Indigenous regions of the world, facilitated by the Tribal Link Foundation at the UN Development Program in New York, NY.

Project Access trainees represented the 7 recognized Indigenous regions of the world, facilitated by the Tribal Link Foundation at the UN Development Program in New York, NY.

Thai campaigners urge change to forest law after indigenous verdict

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaigners are calling on Thai authorities to amend a law they say violates the rights of indigenous people, after the country’s top court ruled that a group of Karen evicted from a national park had no legal right over the land.

It is the latest case of indigenous people being evicted from land they consider theirs by birthright, with the rush to develop - or protect green space - leading to clashes worldwide over who owns land when deeds are unclear.

Authorities had removed nearly 400 Karen from the Kaeng Krachan National Park, saying they were encroachers. When some returned, officials burned down their shelters.

Six of the Karen people - led by their spiritual leader, who is said to be 106 years old - filed suit in 2012, claiming compensation, and asserting their right to land they say belonged to their ancestors.

A lower court held that authorities had acted within the law, while ordering compensation of 10,000 baht ($302) to each of the plaintiffs. The Karen - a hill tribe people thought to number about 1 million in Thailand - appealed the verdict.

Author: Rina Chandran

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Mysterious and spiritual: Indigenous Peoples day offers opportunity to explore ancient cave

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Some of the earliest evidence of human activity in North America can be found in northern B.C.

One of North America's most important and mysterious archeological sites sits a short drive north of Fort St. John, B.C., and the little-known cave may become more familiar on National Indigenous Peoples day Thursday.

T'se'K'wa, formerly known as Charlie Lake Cave, holds some of the oldest evidence of human activity in North America, dating back 12,000 years.

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, the First Nations who now own the land around it are inviting the public to come view the site and hear from elders why it is still an important and sacred space.

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Source: CBC News

Calls to prioritise indigenous peoples health

New Zealand is calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) and governments to prioritise health improvements for indigenous people worldwide. Health professionals say poor data and resources for cancer diagnosis and treatment for indigenous communities is impacting on survival rates. 

Research conducted by the University of Otago shows poorer Māori cancer survival rates to non-Māori. A situation that's also reflected around the world.

Bridget Robson, Associate Dean Māori at the University of Otago, says, "If we want a Tino Rangatiratanga approach across all nations, indigenous peoples have to have their own data to find out what's going on for them and what the Government's are doing to support them or not."

Over 150 cancer experts and indigenous health experts across the Tasman and the Pacific have now published an open letter calling on the WHO and governments to take heed of the issue. 

Author: Moana Makapelu Lee 

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Eleventh session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The dates for the Expert Mechanism's eleventh session are 9 to 13 July 2018. The session will take place in Room XX of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Provisional agenda


Documentation for the eleventh session will become available in June 2018.


According to paragraph 9 of resolution 6/36 and paragraph 13 of resolution 33/25, the meetings of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples shall be open to the participation of observers through an open and transparent accreditation procedure in accordance with the rules of the Human Rights Council.

Registration is open to:

  • Representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations;
  • Representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC);
  • Representatives of NGOs not in consultative status with ECOSOC;
  • Academics and experts on indigenous peoples;
  • National Human Rights Institutions

Accreditation for the 11th session will be carried out through Indico, the online registration platform of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Accreditation is now open. Please follow the instructions below:

  • Click here to access the EMRIP 11th session registration page
  • Click on “Register now”
  • Create an INDICO account if you have not previously used the system
  • Log in to the system with your username (e-mail address) and password and fill in the registration form.

Please note that each individual participant will have to register themselves.

For questions regarding accreditation, please contact

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