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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.

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Inspiring Indigenous internationalism

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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.

The Game-Changers: 5 Inspiring Women You Need To Know Now

Mikaela Jade

Over the last ten years, the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award have celebrated some of the most inspiring women in Australia. This year, founder and CEO of technology company Indigital, Mikaela Jade, took out the prestigious Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award (at an event hosted by Freida Pinto none-the-less!), which recognises the success and vision of up-and-coming entrepreneurial women – specifically those under 40 years old.

Jade was spurred to develop the first-of-its-kind app, Indigital Storytelling, after discovering she had Indigenous heritage at the age of 29. From there, she focused on bringing to life the cultural stories, places and artworks of the elders through the use of technology, effectively bridging the gap between generations.

The Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award given to Jade is a nod to the brand’s founder, Madame Clicquot, who took over the company’s reins at the tender age of 27, and went on to invent Rose Champagne blend in 1818 through the use of pioneering techniques that are still used today.

In May 2018, Jade was also awarded the Creative Visionary accolade and overall Judge’s Award at the InStyle and Audi Women Of Style awards.

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