Indigenous Peoples

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Application guidelines

The UN Trust Fund’s Call for Proposals, now open, is for projects to prevent and end violence against women and girls under the Spotlight Initiative in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. This Call for Proposals, which is available in three languages, accepts multi-year grant applications for up to USD 1 million in English, French and Spanish.

This call is open to applicants in the following categories of target countries:

  1. Latin America: Single Country Project Proposals from Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa: Single Country Project Proposals from Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  1. Multi-Country Project Proposals from all other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Countries under category 2 are not eligible for multi-country project proposals.

Application Guidelines

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is now accepting applications for its Call for Proposals under the Spotlight Initiative. The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 31 July 2019, 23:59 EST. For full details about the application process, please consult the following documents:

  • Call for Proposals [ en | es | fr ]

  • Annex 1 – Spotlight Outcome 6 [ en | es | fr ]

  • Annex 2 – Concept Note Form [ en | es | fr ]

  • Annex 3 – Budget Form [ en | es | fr ]

  • All documents in a ZIP archive [ en | es| fr]

The online application will be available from 10 July 2019 – 31 July 2019 at: http://grants.unwomen.org/

Click here to apply

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Indigenous Peoples Day moves a step closer to replacing Columbus Day in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS city council members, acting as the city’s Committee of the Whole, unanimously approved a resolution that would replace the holiday named after the notorious explorer with “Indigenous Peoples Day.” The resolution will head to the council proper at its meeting next week.

Read full story here: https://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/indigenous-peoples-day-moves-a-step-closer-to-replacing-columbus/article_b6c56789-3395-5fb2-bffa-0c25275100c7.html

Indigenous Speakers at City Council Meeting in North Dakota

Indigenous Speakers at City Council Meeting in North Dakota

HOW A RIGHT-WING ATTACK ON PROTECTIONS FOR NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN COULD UPEND INDIAN LAW

A LAW KEY to preventing state welfare agencies from separating Indigenous children from their families is at risk of being overturned thanks to the yearslong effort of a network of libertarian and right-wing organizations.

In the 1970s, between a quarter and a third of Indigenous children across the United States had been removed from their homes. Social services often cited neglect or deprivation — euphemisms for poverty — as grounds for placing children in the custody of non-Native families and institutions, offering birth parents little opportunity for redress. Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 in order to reform a system designed to destroy Indigenous people.

Last October, a U.S. district judge in Texas declared the law unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection clause, arguing that it creates a separate set of practices for a so-called racial group. The federal government and four tribes appealed the decision, which is currently pending before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. If the ruling is upheld and the case makes its way to the Supreme Court, it could not only upend protections for the nation’s most vulnerable children, but also undermine a foundational concept of Indian law: that to be Indian is political, not racial.

Read full article here: https://theintercept.com/2019/06/17/indian-child-welfare-act-goldwater-institute-legal-battle/?fbclid=IwAR3WF32ku8dSbtTxSpcQYu8iXE0SSEEawKDGMKt3zgiI3hLLa3oWRZ4rfI8

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UN Report Highlights the Peoples Who Are Crucial to "Survival of Humanity"

Amassive, United Nations-backed report on biodiversity confirmed that humanity is “sleep-walking” toward a mass extinction of plants and animals. According to the analysis, released on Monday, one million species are threatened with extinction. Human actions, which have significantly damaged land and marine environments, are largely to blame, with one exception. Wildlife managed by indigenous peoples isn’t doing as badly, and the report urges policymakers to listen to their expertise.

See full article here: Inverse

"These people are disproportionately impacted by human-caused pressures on nature."

"These people are disproportionately impacted by human-caused pressures on nature."

Project Access 2019 Session Begins

Tribal Link Foundation’s premier program, the Project Access Global Capacity Building Training Workshop for Indigenous Peoples began today, April 17, 2019. The training’s 21 fellows hail from around the world and the program is presented in collaboration with the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples; in collaboration with the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples; UNDP’s Equator Initiative; Indigenous Peoples Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University; UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Secretariat; and the US Human Rights Network. This year’s lead trainer is Roberto Múkaro Borrero, International Mechanisms Director for the US Human Rights Network. This year is the 15 anniversary of Project Access.

Roberto Borrero, Project Access lead trainer, gives an overview of Indigenous Peoples engagement at the United Nations to the 2019 Project Access fellows.

Roberto Borrero, Project Access lead trainer, gives an overview of Indigenous Peoples engagement at the United Nations to the 2019 Project Access fellows.

Call for inputs for the UN Secretary-General’s report on “human rights and cultural diversity

Following the adoption of resolution 72/170 entitled “Human rights and cultural diversity” by the General Assembly on 19 December 2017, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is preparing a report for submission the General Assembly in September 2019.

In paragraph 24 of the resolution, the General Assembly “requests the Secretary-General to prepare a report on the implementation of the present resolution, including efforts undertaken at the national, regional and international levels regarding the recognition and importance of cultural diversity among all peoples and nations in the world and taking into account the views of Member States, relevant United Nations agencies and non- governmental organizations, and to submit the report to the General Assembly at its seventy-fourth session”.

Indigenous Peoples and civil society partners are invited to contribute any relevant information, including on challenges, legislation, public policies, programmes and other relevant measures and good practices in realising human rights and cultural diversity.

The OHCHR would also appreciate if you could send your organization’s contribution to OHCHR at United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10; fax. +41 22 917 90 08; e-mail: registry@ohchr.org or escr@ohcr.org by 27 April 2019.

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Reminder: Last Day for New Organizations to Register for UNPFII

Reminder: For New IPOs and Academics participating for the first time at a session of the Permanent Forum, first, read carefully the participation guide. You must create a new profile in the integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System. Deadline for online application for approval is today, 25 March 2019.

To review the participation guide: Click Here

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Millions of forest-dwelling indigenous people in India to be evicted

Critics say supreme court ruling constitutes ‘mass eviction in name of conservation’

Millions of Indians face eviction after the country’s supreme court ruled that indigenous people illegally living on forest land should move.

Campaigners for the rights of tribal and forest-dwelling people have called the court’s decision on Wednesday “an unprecedented disaster” and “the biggest mass eviction in the name of conservation, ever”.

The ruling came in response to petitions filed by various wildlife conservation groups, which wanted the court to declare the 2006 Forest Rights Act invalid. The act gives forest dwelling people the right to their ancestral lands, including those in specially “protected” areas that contain sanctuaries and wildlife parks to conserve wild life. The groups told the court that “tribal” people in 20 states had encroached illegally on these protected areas, jeopardising efforts to protect wildlife and forests.

See full story at the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/22/millions-of-forest-dwelling-indigenous-people-in-india-to-be-evicted

A woman sits with her belongings after forest officers demolished her house during an eviction drive on the outskirts of Gauhati, India in August 2017. Photograph: Anupam Nath/AP

A woman sits with her belongings after forest officers demolished her house during an eviction drive on the outskirts of Gauhati, India in August 2017. Photograph: Anupam Nath/AP

Registration for United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Now Open

Please read the instructions on UNPFII website carefully before registering.

Deadline for registration for NGOs with ECOSOC Status, IPOs and Academics that have participated at previous sessions of the Permanent Forum is 8 April 2019.

Deadline for online application for approval for New IPOs and Academics participating for the first time at a session of the Permanent Forum is 25 March 2019.

#WeAreIndigenous #UNPFII2019

For more information visit: https://bit.ly/2V2B6Rp

Tadadaho Sid Hill at United Nations

Tadadaho Sid Hill at United Nations

Call for Applications: Senior Indigenous Fellow

Please share this very important Call for Applications to your organisations and networks, the newly launched Senior Indigenous Fellow position based in the Indigenous Peoples and Minority Section of OHCHR.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of Section and the coordinator of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples, the Senior Fellow will contribute to the activities of the Section by providing substantive, administrative and technical support to the mandate and activities of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples; organises human rights trainings and capacity building activities for the grantees of the Fund; supports the development of comprehensive and inter-active capacity building tools, fundraising activities; and develops outreach and dissemination strategy to improve the Fund’s support to its grantees.

 Deadline of application: Friday, 8 February 2019.
Click here for Application


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The Equator Prize 2019...

The Equator Prize, organized by the Equator Initiative within the United Nations Development Programme, is awarded biennially to recognize outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. As sustainable community initiatives take root throughout the tropics, they are laying the foundation for a global movement of local successes that are collectively making a contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As local and indigenous groups across the tropics demonstrate and exemplify sustainable development, the Equator Prize shines a spotlight on their efforts by celebrating them on an international stage.

Eligible Initiatives

• Community-based associations or organizations

• Community-based enterprises and cooperatives

• Women's associations or organizations

• Indigenous or ethnic minority groups or associations

• Youth groups or associations

• Non-governmental organizations

For more info, visit Equator Initiative (https://www.equatorinitiative.org).

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Marchers for Life Harass Indigenous Elder at Indigenous Peoples March

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the first annual Indigenous People’s March in Washington D.C., videos of a large group of youth wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and other Trump paraphernalia taunting a Native American elder playing a ceremonial drum and singing a song.

According to reports, the youth group of youth was in attendance for the March for Life, a pro-life action occurring at the same time as the Indigenous People’s March. According to organizers of the Indigenous Peoples March present for the exchange, Phillips was aggressively surrounded by more than 30 counter-protestors.

The display demonstrates Indigenous concerns about marginalization, disrespect and need to listen to traditional knowledge.

See full article here: https://www.lakotacountrytimes.com/articles/marchers-for-life-harass-indigenous-elder-at-indigenous-peoples-march/

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Bolsonaro’s Davos speech promised anguish in indigenous lands

Comment: Presenting an acceptable Brazil to global investors, the president failed to mention measures he has taken that are already fuelling violence in indigenous lands

By Dinamam Tuxá

The first speech by president Jair Bolsonaro on an international stage, on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland causes immense concern to Brazil’s indigenous peoples.

When Bolsonaro said Brazil has used very little of its land for agriculture and livestock (an estimated 9% and 20% of the national territory respectively), the president repeats a narrative that overstates indigenous control of land that was central to his election campaign, which has fuelled an alarming increase in violence in the Amazon and other rural areas of Brazil.

In less than a month since the president took office, several indigenous territories have been invaded by thugs hoping to take possession of forests that are still standing because the nation’s indigenous peoples have prevented their destruction. Brazil’s indigenous peoples have been vital in combating the causes and consequences of climate change.

In his speech in Switzerland, Bolsonaro made clear that agribusiness and mining interests will be allowed to expand their boundaries.

What has not been said is that Bolsonaro has already removed staff and funding from the federal agencies responsible for the protection of the environment and for guaranteeing human rights in Brazil. He has weakened the ability of the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) to do its job in advancing the demarcation and recognition of indigenous lands, and denied the agency a voice in the environmental licensing process required for any new projects introduced on indigenous lands, including some of the most remote and intact of the primary forests in the Amazon.

See full article: Click here


Federal environment agents destroy vehicles loaded with logs inside the Aripuanã Park Indigenous Territory, where logging is a crime. Jair Bolsonaro aims to cut the agency's funding (Photo: Fabiano Maisonnave

Federal environment agents destroy vehicles loaded with logs inside the Aripuanã Park Indigenous Territory, where logging is a crime. Jair Bolsonaro aims to cut the agency's funding (Photo: Fabiano Maisonnave

Killings Of Guatemala's Indigenous Activists Raise Specter Of Human Rights Crisis

For three days last week, thousands of Guatemalans blocked roads and major highways to protest the Central American country's slide toward a constitutional crisis. The protest organizers included groups that have long demanded justice: indigenous communities and campesinos, as rural and farm workers are called.

Indigenous citizens, many dressed in colorful traditional clothing, came out partly to protest the Guatemalan president's recent expulsion of a United Nations-backed commission investigating corruption in the country. Since 2007, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, known by its Spanish initials CICIG and funded by the U.N., the United States and the European Union, has worked with Guatemalan justice agencies to target corrupt officials.

In the highly unequal society that is Guatemala, many Maya believe any strengthening of the justice system will protect indigenous rights granted under the country's constitution and peace accords.

The country's indigenous people therefore have a strong motivation to lobby for the rule of law. Maya communities bore the brunt of almost four decades of a civil war that ended in 1996, leaving over 200,000 casualties, the majority indigenous Guatemalans, according to the United Nations. Now the mostly Maya organizations and many human rights groups worry that the violence is making a comeback: In just the last year, 26 members of mostly indigenous campesino organizations have been killed.

Read full article here: https://www.kunc.org/post/killings-guatemalas-indigenous-activists-raise-specter-human-rights-crisis#stream/0

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MARCH: WE ARE STILL HERE

By Nikki Sanchez

The streets of downtown Washington, DC were filled with medicine this weekend. On Friday morning, the fragrant smells of sage, copal and palo santo filled the air of the Nation’s Capital. The medicines were lit early in the morning on the steps of the Department of Interior Affairs, as a prayer service started off the inaugural Indigenous Peoples March; the largest inter-tribal gathering of Indigenous Nations in over 50 years. The march and rally warranted the attention of 10,000 attendees, including representatives from Australia, Samoa, Hawaii, Canada, Aotearoa, the Caribbean, the Congo, Papua New Guinea, Central, and South American tribes and even included the Buddhist community.

As the prayers and songs set the tone for the day, dozens of caravans, buses, and motorcycle convoys continued to arrive from various tribes as far as Arizona, North and South Dakota, Texas, and everywhere in between. Non-Indigenous allies and multi-faith representatives were also in attendance. Following an hour of prayer, the march toward the Lincoln Memorial began, marshaled by the Red Rum Motorcycle club, who stood formidable and proud in their American Indian Movement (AIM) style black and red leather jackets. I was invited to be there as one of nearly 100 speakers, performers and ceremonial practitioners who guided the day. Indigenous elders, community leaders, and activists shared the platform with well known-Indigenous and social justice leaders; including newly elected congresswoman Deb Haaland and Idaho House of Representatives Paulette Jordan (two of the first Native American women to be elected to their posts), National co-chairs of the Women’s March Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour, former Miss Universe Ashley Callingbull and Standing Rock water protector father-daughter duo, Chase and Tokata Iron Eyes among others.

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The event was organized by the Indigenous Peoples Movement (IPM) – a grassroots coalition of organizers from across the globe at state and tribal levels dedicated to raising awareness on Indigenous issues and eliminating the division of Indigenous nations from working collectively in support of one another.

The event was organized by the Indigenous Peoples Movement (IPM) – a grassroots coalition of organizers from across the globe at state and tribal levels dedicated to raising awareness on Indigenous issues and eliminating the division of Indigenous nations from working collectively in support of one another.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro targets minorities on 1st day in office

Far-right leader curbs land rights for indigenous groups and removes LGBT issues from purview of human rights ministry

By MAURICIO SAVARESE

SAO PAULO (AP) — Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro issued executive orders targeting Brazil’s indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a campaign in which the far-right leader said he would radically overhaul many aspects of life in Latin America’s largest nation.

One of the orders issued late Tuesday, hours after his inauguration, likely will make it all but impossible for new lands to be identified and demarcated for indigenous communities. Areas set aside for “Quilombolas,” as descendants of former slaves are known, are also affected by the decision.

Another order removed the concerns of the LGBT community from consideration by the new human rights ministry.

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro holds a ceremony to present his cabinet members at the presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on January 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro holds a ceremony to present his cabinet members at the presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on January 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

COP24 in Katowice Concludes with Historic Victory and some Disappointments for Indigenous Peoples

"The most significant and positive victory for Indigenous Peoples at COP 24 was the formal establishment of the Facilitative Working Group (FWG) to develop a workplan for the “Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.” The Platform is intended to strengthen and exchange traditional knowledge for mitigating and adapting to Climate Change, based on operative paragraph 135 of the Paris Agreement. Difficult issues under debate over the past three years and up until the final negotiating session in Katowice included equal participation between States and Indigenous Peoples in the FWG, protection of Indigenous Peoples rights and traditional knowledge in this process, the definition and identity of “local communities” and the concerns of some States that their “territorial integrity” might somehow be impacted in these discussions regarding traditional knowledge and climate change." 

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Article Source: Cultural Survival

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‘We can do it’: Yalitza Aparicio’s Vogue cover hailed by indigenous women

The indigenous Mexican actor Yalitza Aparicio has made history by appearing on the cover of Vogue Mexico, in a first for a country where light-skinned people dominate the media landscape – despite an overwhelmingly mestizo and indigenous population.

Aparicio, who has won acclaim for her debut performance in Alfonso Cuarón’s new film Roma, wears a Gucci dress on the magazine’s December edition, next to the title “In tiu’n ntav’i” – “A star is born” – in the indigenous Mixtec language.

Article source: The Guardian

Roma actor’s Vogue Mexico cover is first for country where light-skinned people dominate media landscape


Roma actor’s Vogue Mexico cover is first for country where light-skinned people dominate media landscape

EGM: Conservation and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 23-25 January 2019 Nairobi, Kenya

Every year, the Indigenous Peoples in Development Branch within the Division of Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs organizes an international expert group meeting (EGM) on a theme recommended by the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and endorsed by the Economic and Social Council. In 2019, the expert group meeting will be held on the theme “Conservation and the rights of indigenous peoples” as recommended by the Permanent Forum at its 2018 annual session.

Indigenous peoples play a crucial role in the conservation of the environment. They make up around 5% of the global population and occupy, own or manage an estimated 20% to 25% of the Earth’s land surface. This land area holds 80% of the planet’s biodiversity and intersects with about 40% of all terrestrial protected areas and ecologically intact landscapes. While the expanse of protected areas nearly doubled from 8.7 million sq. km. to 16.1 million sq km. between 1980 and 2000, some estimates suggest that 50% of protected areas worldwide have been established on lands of indigenous peoples.  This proportion is even higher in the Americas, where it may exceed 90% in Central America. The lands of indigenous peoples are very valuable for conservation as about 65% of them have not been intensively developed, compared with 44% of other lands.

However, indigenous peoples’ custodianship of the environment and ecosystems, and their rights to land and housing are unrecognized.  They face the negative impacts of conservation programmes, which often have been based on the concept of protecting natural resources and biological diversity, while excluding human beings from these areas. Since the creation of the first State-designated protected area, Yellowstone Park, in the United States of America in 1872 and the subsequent Yosemite National Park in 1890 whereby the US government violently expelled Native Americans living in or dependent on the resources in the areas, conservation interventions around the world have far too often resulted in gross violations of the rights of indigenous peoples, in particular to their rights to land and housing. This includes forced displacement and evictions from their territories; criminalization and destruction of livelihoods; loss of rights to lands and resources and sacred sites; violence and extrajudicial killings of environmental human rights defenders which have spoken out on behalf of their own indigenous communities Millions  of indigenous persons have been dispossessed and displaced due to the exclusionary approach of protected-area management built on the premise that human activities are incompatible with conservation.  This approach is often referred to as ”fortress” conservation.

Learn more about the EGM: Conservation and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 23-25 January 2019 Nairobi, Kenya.

Article source: UNPFII

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Trump administration moves closer to opening Alaskan Arctic to drilling

The Trump administration has moved a step closer to opening the Alaskan Arctic to oil and gas drilling as soon as next year.

The interior department’s Bureau of Land Management has published its draft environmental impact study, following Congress voting in 2017 to allow drilling within the Arctic national wildlife refuge.

Leasing the long-protected Arctic area could be most problematic for indigenous populations, many of which rely on subsistence hunting and fishing, according to the government assessment.

Article Source: The Guardian

Native American leaders hold signs against drilling in the Arctic refuge outside the Capitol in Washington DC on 11 December. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Native American leaders hold signs against drilling in the Arctic refuge outside the Capitol in Washington DC on 11 December. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images