Dialogue Between Nations - Media Coverage 2010 UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Dialogue Between Nations


NINTH SESSION
UN PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES
OFFICIAL WEB SITE


New York, 19 - 30 April 2010

MEDIA COVERAGE

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9TH SESSION OF THE UN PERMANENT FORUM


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F I R S T   W E E K S E C O N D  W E E K
Monday, April 19, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010


MONDAY, APRIL 19th, 2010



Opening of Ninth Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Opening of Ninth Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Delegates participate in a special ceremony on the opening day of the
ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
19 April 2010
United Nations, New York
Photo # 434417



OPENING SESSION
19 APRIL, 2010

THE PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES
ONCE AGAIN IN THE UNITED NATIONS HOUSE OF MICA!

Shortly after 11 AM (EST) at United Nations headquarters in New York City, the assembly is called together; the delegates rise to their feet to the sound of a drum in the General Assembly Hall.

Sharing this spiritual heartbeat with over 2000 registered delegates from many Nations, is Tiokasin Ghosthorse, from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota.

Tiokasin calls up the power of dialogue between participants, which, for the Lakota, are a form of inclusive politics where spirituality and life are one.

The UN cameraman pans across delegates from all regions of the world, many of whom are wearing their traditional regalia. Tiokasin, who spoke as a teenager at the United Nations in Geneva, concludes with Mitakuye Oyasin: Welcome. The delegates take their seats. It is the 19th of April, 2010 in the House of Mica. The 9th Annual Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues begins once again.

After the arrival of the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to the General Assembly, the Chairman introduces Sid Hill, Tadodaho and one of the 14 chiefs of the Onondaga Nation, to offer blessings and to deliver his annual Thanksgiving message.


The following transcription is paraphrased. Check against delivery.

Members,

Listen! Listen very carefully. The creator has intended us to start off with this Thanksgiving. How many people, the number of people who are here, we come of one mind and we greet each other and we kindly put our minds together with a greeting. We give thanks to our Mother the Earth. She is taking care of us while we walk about her…we put our minds together as one and give a Thanksgiving to our Mother Earth. She has provided for us. She takes care of what the Creator has put here for us…

…the leader of the medicines is the redwood. We respectfully put our heads together as one. For the medicines and what the Creator has put down there for us. There is also a leader of the trees. When the weather becomes warm, the sap, the medicine, we drink it to help us be at peace. We are thankful to see this come again. We kindly and respectfully put our minds together as one. The forests.

And also, the berries, the berries are our medicine. The leader of the berries is the strawberries and again we are thankful to see them, and…we have a great thanksgiving for the berries.

And also the animals that are put here, in the forests, on Mother Earth. They become substance for us as we walk about on this land. At this time we respectfully put our minds together as one.

And…the animals. Also at this time, we also give our attention to the animals that have wings. When we hear their songs, we feel peaceful and content. They also have a leader. The leader is the eagle. He flies higher than the clouds. And at this time we respectfully put our minds together as one and respectfully see what the Creator has put here for us.

And we give thanks for the waters. The fresh waters that Mother Earth has put there for us. The lakes, the streams, they replenish the earth. And at this time, we put our minds respectfully together as one and give respect to the waters.

And at this time, we put our minds together for thankfulness for the food source that takes care of us. We are still able to thank with peacefulness and health. For all the foods we kindly put our minds together as one and it will be this way in our minds.

And we direct our minds to the winds, the winds that bring fresh air to our bodies to bring peace and contentment as we live healthy. And we also know that sometimes the winds become strong and they strengthen our roots to Mother Earth. We put our minds together as one, kindly and respectfully.

We acknowledge the winds…and we direct our minds and our thoughts to the Thunder Beings as they carry out their duties under the thundering voices and help to bring water for all that is planted here on Mother Earth and walk, in peace. And we are thankful for their duties to bring water to our Mother, the Earth. Our grandfather, the thunders still carry out these duties and we have it in my mind for a great Thanksgiving.

And we direct our minds now to our elder brother the sun, warming the earth so that the plants can survive. And we give a great thanks to our elder brother the sun who carries out these duties and we also direct our thoughts to our grandmother the moon who helps and control the currents and the water and helps to control the water world. At this time, we kindly and respectfully put our minds together as one to give respect to our grandmother the moon.

And now at this time we direct our thoughts to the sky world, to the messengers to help keep our minds straight; as we walk around on this earth, our minds to guide us and the natural…of Mother Earth, straight thinking so we can be at peace and contentment as we walk about. With great respect we give thanks to the four messengers. May it be that way in our minds.

So now, what the Creator has put here, he left a message for us to walk in peace with each other, to survive here. This message came from the Creator, so that we can be at peace and live in peace and harmony with all peoples. Let it be that way in our minds. So now at this time we direct our thoughts and our minds to the Creator for what he has put here for all of us to survive. In the day times and night times he has set down love so that we love each other in that way. We put our minds together as one and give thanks to the Creator and that is as far as the words will go for this day. And now we will begin what we came here for on this day. That is all.



Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the opening of the ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Opening of Ninth Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the opening of
the ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
19 April 2010
United Nations, New York


Webcast
UN WEBCAST
Opening Session

19 April 10
Special Event:
Opening meeting of the ninth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Webcast Webcast: Archived Video - 1 hour and 49 minutes

Statement by H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Webcast Webcast: Archived Video - 6 minutes

Statement by H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, President of the sixty-fourth session of the United Nations General Assembly
Webcast Webcast: Archived Video - 4 minutes


Dialogue Between Nations Monday, April 19

Audio
AUDIO
AM SESSION


Audio AUDIO: 19 April 2010 AM  - Floor or Original  [1 hour, 49 minutes]
Audio AUDIO
: 19 April 2010 AM - English - [1 hour, 49 minutes]
Audio AUDIO:
19 April 2010 AM - Spanish - [1 hour, 49 minutes]





Dialogue Between Nations Monday, April 19

Audio
AUDIO
PM SESSION
 
Audio AUDIO: 19 April 2010 PM - Floor or Original - [2 hours, 40 minutes]
Audio AUDIO
: 19 April 2010 PM - English - [2 hours, 40 minutes]
Audio AUDIO:
19 April 2010 PM - Spanish - [2 hours, 40 minutes]


UN PRESS RELEASES AND MEDIA COVERAGE

19 April 2010
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Ninth Session
1st & 2nd Meetings (AM & PM)

SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS ON MEMBER STATES TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT WHILE RESPECTING INDIGENOUS VALUES, CUSTOMS, AS PERMANENT UN FORUM OPENS TWO-WEEK SESSION

Session Theme: “Development with Culture and Identity”;
New Zealand Announces Support for Indigenous Rights Declaration

The annual United Nations forum on indigenous issues opened today with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on Member States to promote development while respecting indigenous cultures and traditions, and with the Government of New Zealand taking the opportunity to announce that it would reverse its decision and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples.
(Read more)


UN News Centre
UN forum on indigenous issues opens with Ban Ki-moon calling for respect for values

Video Clip of Secretary General Available Here 19 April 2010 - The annual United Nations forum on indigenous issues opened today with a call from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Member States to promote development while respecting the values and traditions of indigenous peoples. "The loss of irreplaceable cultural practices and means of artistic expression makes us all poorer, wherever our roots may lie," Mr. Ban told the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. This year's theme at the forum is "Development with Culture and Identity." (Read more)

UN News Centre
UN forum on indigenous issues to focus on rights in development processes 16 April 2010

16 April 2010 - Nearly 2,000 indigenous representatives from all over the world will gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday for the start of a two-week meeting aimed at ensuring their full participation in development while preserving their culture and identity.

At the meeting, the ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, they and Member States, UN agencies and civil society groups will discuss efforts to guarantee to indigenous peoples their full and effective participation in development processes, including thorough consultation in establishing development programmes and policies.

Note: Additional Press Releases and Press Conference Information also available at above link.



PRESS CONFERENCE ON NINTH SESSION OF INDIGENOUS FORUM
19 APRIL 2010

The Government of New Zealand was now in support of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Pita Sharples, Minister of Maori Affairs of New Zealand, told correspondents today at a Headquarters press conference on the opening day of the ninth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. (See Press Release HR/5012)

"The document is aspirational and sets standards for all peoples," Mr. Sharples said. He added that the Maori people were "relieved and happy" about the Government's commitment to the Declaration without any conditions, a decision that he believed would restore New Zealand's manner in addressing issues of human rights and indigenous rights throughout the world. The Government's decision to support the Declaration also reflected the impact and influence the newly developed Maori Party had on Government issues.

Also on hand at the briefing were Carlos Mamani Condori, Forum member from Bolivia and Chairperson of the ninth session, and Tonya Gonnella Frichner, member of the Permanent Forum from the United States. (Read more).


WEBCAST: UN PRESS CONFERENCE

19 April 10
Press Conference
: The incoming Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Mr. Carlos Mamani Condori, and Ms. Tonya Gonnella Frichner, North American member of the Permanent Forum, briefs correspondents on the ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and gives an update regarding the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Webcast Webcast: Archived Video - [51 minutes]
 


UNITED NATIONS RADIO

Secretary-General calls for making Indigenous rights a reality as forum opens
10/04/2010

Opening the 9th session of the UN Permanent Forum on indigenous issues on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that despite significant progress over the past 40 years, including the adoption of a declaration on indigenous rights, the creation of the forum itself, and the establishment of human rights mechanisms, there are still a number of challenges facing indigenous people.
 



TUESDAY, APRIL 20th, 2010

SPECIAL THEME
Indigenous Peoples: Development with Culture and Identity Articles 3 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
 
Article 3

Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.


Article 32

1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources.

2. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.

3. States shall provide effective mechanisms for just and fair redress for any such activities, and appropriate measures shall be taken to mitigate adverse environmental, economic, social, cultural or spiritual impact.



DOCUMENTS

UN Fact Sheet: Opening Press Release

Development Policies Must Honour Indigenous Culture and Identity. UN meeting to discuss “development with culture and identity”; other key issues include indigenous peoples in North America and indigenous peoples and forests.

E/C.19/2010/14 Report of the International Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Peoples: Development with Culture and Identity Articles 3 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

E C.19 2010 CRP.3 Indigenous Peoples: development with culture and identity in light of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


DECLARACION DE LAS NACIONES UNIDAS
SOBRE LOS DERECHOS DE LOS PUEBLOS INDIGENAS


TEMA ESPECIAL
“Los pueblos indígenas: desarrollo con cultura e identidad: artículos 3 y 32 de la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas”


Artículo 3

Los pueblos indígenas tienen derecho a la libre determinación. En virtud de ese derecho determinan libremente su condición política y persiguen libremente su desarrollo económico, social y cultural.

Artículo 32

1. Los pueblos indígenas tienen derecho a determinar y elaborar las prioridades y estrategias para el desarrollo o la utilización de sus tierras o territorios y otros recursos.

2. Los Estados celebrarán consultas y cooperarán de buena fe con los pueblos indígenas interesados por conducto de sus propias instituciones representativas a fin de obtener su consentimiento libre e informado antes de aprobar cualquier proyecto que afecte a sus tierras o territorios y otros recursos, particularmente en relación con el desarrollo, la utilización o la explotación de recursos minerales, hídricos o de otro tipo.

3. Los Estados proveerán mecanismos eficaces para la reparación justa y equitativa por cualquiera de esas actividades, y se adoptarán medidas adecuadas para mitigar las consecuencias nocivas de orden ambiental, económico, social, cultural o espiritual.


DOCUMENTOS

Ficha descriptiva: desarrollo con cultura e identidad

Muchos pueblos indígenas continúan sufriendo las consecuencias de injusticias históricas, incluidas la discriminación, la marginación y el desposeimiento de sus tierras y recursos, y a menudo se les niega su derecho al desarrollo.


E/C.19/2010/14 Español 5 de ferero de 2010

Los pueblos indígenas: desarrollo con cultura e identidad: artículos 3 y 32 de la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas. Informe de la reunión del grupo internacional de expertos.


DECLARACION

Novena Sesión del Foro Permanente para Cuestiones Indigenas
Nueva York 19 de abril 2010.- Naciones Unidas

Declaración conjunta de La Comisión Jurídica para el auto desarrollo de los Pueblos Originarios Andinos: CAPAJ. YACHAYWASI, HABITAD PRO

Agenda. Nro. 3.- Tema especial: Pueblos indigenas desarrollo con cultura e identidad


Webcast UN WEBCAST
Tuesday, April 20th


20 April 10
Special Event:
The ninth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Discussion on the special theme for the year: "Indigenous peoples: development with culture and identity: articles 3 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples"

Webcast Webcast: Archived Video - English: [1 hour and 49 minutes]

Webcast Webcast: Archived Video - Original language: [1 hour and 22 minutes]



Dialogue Between Nations Tuesday, April 20

Audio
AUDIO
AM SESSION

Audio AUDIO: 20 April 2010 AM  - Floor or Original  [2 hours, 59 minutes]
Audio AUDIO
: 20 April 2010 AM - English - [2 hours, 59 minutes]
Audio AUDIO:
20 April 2010 AM - Spanish - [2 hours, 59 minutes]


Dialogue Between Nations Tuesday, April 20

Audio
AUDIO
PM SESSION

Audio AUDIO: 20 April 2010 PM  - Floor or Original  [3 hours and 3 minutes]
Audio AUDIO
: 20 April 2010 PM - English - [3 hours and 3 minutes]
Audio AUDIO:
20 April 2010 PM - Spanish - [3 hours and 3 minutes]



UN PRESS RELEASES AND MEDIA COVERAGE


20 April 2010
Economic and Social Council
HR/5014

Department of Public Information
News and Media Division, New York

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issuses
Ninth Session
3rd & 4rth Meetings (AM & PM)
 
SPEAKERS HIGHLIGHT DEVASTATION IMPACT OF LOGGING,
MINING, OTHER ‘MEGA’ DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ON INDIGENOUS LANDS, AS UNITED NATIONS PERMANENT FOUM DEBATE CONTINUES


Call for Broad Adherence to 2007 Indigenous Rights Declaration;
Dialogue with Indigenous Groups Followed by Session with Governments

The devastating impacts of logging, mining and land conversion had displaced indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands, commercialized their cultures and politically repressed their leaders, speakers in the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues stressed today, as they pressed the 16-member advisory body -– and their Governments -- for help in achieving equitable and “restorative” development in their countries.

In day two of the Forum’s ninth session, speakers representing indigenous associations from Asia, the Pacific, North America and Australia alike called for broad adherence to the landmark 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, whose articles 3 and 32 outlined respect for self-determination and land-use rights, respectively. Some emphasized the ongoing conflict between indigenous peoples’ development perspective and that of the West, which was dominated by free-market capitalism, and pointed out that such models violated the collective rights of traditional cultures. Others called for the establishment of a special rapporteur on water. Read more ...



20 April 2010
Secretary-General
SG/SM/12849

OBV/870
ENV/DEV/1118
Department of Public Information
News and Media Division • New York

Without Sustainable Environmental Base, Little Hope of Reducing Poverty, Hunger, improving Health, Secretary-General Says in Message for Mother Earth Day

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for International Mother Earth Day on 22 April:

Mother Earth -- our only home -- is under pressure. We are making progressively unreasonable demands on her, and she is showing the strain. For all of human history we have depended on nature’s bounty for sustenance, well-being and development. Too often we have drawn on nature’s capital without putting back. We are now beginning to see the consequences of failing to safeguard our investment.


UNITED NATIONS RADIO

The US to review position on Indigenous Declaration
20/04/2010

The US administration announced Tuesday that it will review its position regarding the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Declaration, which sets out the human rights of Indigenous Peoples, was adopted in September 2007 by the UN General Assembly with an overwhelming majority of 143 votes in favour. Only Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States voted against it at the time. On Monday, New Zealand declared its support for the Declaration. The US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, told the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues that President Obama will be conducting a formal review of the Declaration and the US position on it in consultation with Indigenous tribes.


REMARKS

Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

U.S. Mission to the United States, at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, April 20, 2010







Dialogue Between Nations Wednesday, April 21

Audio
AUDIO
PM SESSION

Audio AUDIO: 21 April 2010 AM  - Floor or Original  [2 hours, 41 minutes]
Audio AUDIO
: 21 April 2010 AM - English - [2 hours, 41 minutes]
Audio AUDIO:
21 April 2010 AM - Spanish - [2 hours, 41 minutes]



PRESS RELEASE


UN Department of Public Information
News and Media Division, NY
21 April 2010

Economic and Social Council
HR/5010

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Ninth Session
5th Meeting (PM)

UN INDIGENOUS FORUM HOLDS DIALOGUE WITH GOVERNMENTS OF BOLIVIA, PARAGUAY CONCERNING FINDINGS OF 2009 MISSIONS TO EACH COUNTRY

Reports Describe Evidence of Forced Labour for Guaraní People,
Other Indigenous Groups, in Violation of International Treaties, Conventions


Corroborating reports that indigenous Guaraní communities in South America’s vast Chaco region -- shared by Bolivia and Paraguay -- continued to be routinely chased off their lands, pressed into debt bondage and forced to live in squalor, members of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues called today on both Governments to take full responsibility for ending forced labour and expropriation of ancestral lands and territories.


Summing up the Permanent Forum’s first-ever dialogue with Governments to discuss allegations of human rights violations against a specific indigenous group, Bartolomé Clavero, Forum member from Spain, said the 16-member expert body had initiated a new practice today: it had become a venue for dialogue among Governments, indigenous organizations and United Nations agencies, all working towards the betterment of the lives of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples.


“We are studying the existence of human exploitation in the Americas”, he said, underscoring that many indigenous people were being subjected to forced labour. It appeared that the Forum did not have sufficient strength to liberate Guaraní families from their situation, “but that is our objective”, he emphasized. They were the reason the Forum was implementing new practices. Read more....




Webcast UN WEBCAST
Thursday, April 22nd

22 April 10
Special Event:
7th meeting of Ninth session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - Half-day discussion on North America.
Webcast Webcast: Archived Video -
English: 1 hour and 49 minutes



Dialogue Between Nations Thursday, April 22

Audio
AUDIO
AM SESSION

Audio AUDIO: 22 April 2010 AM  - Floor or Original  [2 hours, 48 minutes]
Audio AUDIO
: 22 April 2010 AM - English - [2 hours, 48 minutes]
Audio AUDIO:
22 April 2010 AM - Spanish - [2 hours, 48 minutes]


Dialogue Between Nations Thursday, April 22

Audio
AUDIO
PM SESSION

Audio AUDIO: 22 April 2010 PM  - Floor or Original [2 hours, 53 minutes]
Audio AUDIO
: 22 April 2010 PM - English [2 hours, 53 minutes]
Audio AUDIO:
22 April 2010 PM - Spanish [2 hours, 53 minutes]



PRESS RELEASE

Economic and Social Council
22 April 2010
HR/5016

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Ninth Session
6th & 7th Meetings (AM & PM)

RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ‘DEEP, SYSTEMIC AND WIDESPREAD’, SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR TELLS UNITED NATIONS PERMANENT FORUM

Also Briefed by Chair of Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism; Afternoon Session Devoted to Discussion of Indigenous Peoples in North America

“The violations of indigenous peoples are deep, systemic and widespread, ”United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, told the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today, as he briefed delegates on the second year of his mandate.

During a half-day dialogue with representatives of Governments and indigenous caucuses alike, Mr. Anaya said he had been struck with fear to hear one speaker describe the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples -– whose 2007 adoption by the General Assembly was a milestone event -- as a “potentially empty instrument” amid continued setbacks in education, health care and justice. To ensure that appropriate institutions were in place was not an easy task; it would take cooperation over many years. Acknowledging State efforts to implement the Declaration, he urged concerted action to tackle deep-seated problems.

On the issue of development, he described the irony of conservation programmes that, on the one hand, worked to secure the natural environment and, on the other, ignored indigenous peoples’ rights. He continued to receive urgent information about indigenous peoples being forcibly removed from their lands in the name of conservation. Read more...



PANEL DISCUSSION

Agenda item 5 Half-day Discussion on North America
April 22, 2010

A panel discussion on North America, focused on identifying challenges and cooperative measures to improve the situation of indigenous peoples in the region. On the panel were Fred Caron, Assistant Deputy Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs of Canada; Kimberly Teehee, Senior Policy Adviser for Native American Affairs of the United States; Tonya Gonnella-Frichner, Permanent Forum member for North America; National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo of the North American Caucus; and Chief Oren Lyons, also of the North American Caucus.



Statement by Mr. Fred Caron
Assistant Deputy Minister of Indian
and Northern Affairs of Canada

United Nations Permanent Forum
on Indigenous Issues
20 April 2010

Check Against Delivery: Statement by the Observer Delegation of Canada to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Agenda Item 3: Discussion of the Special Theme: Indigenous Peoples: Development with Culture and Identity: Articles 3 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Remarks of Kimberly Teehee
Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs,
White House Domestic Policy Council,
at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
United States Mission to the United Nations, April 22, 2010



Tonya Gonnella-Frichner
Permanent Forum Member for North America

Despite decades of treaties confirming Indian nationhood, First Nation leaders had nevertheless been forced to turn to the League of Nations in the 1920s and to the United Nations during the 1970s having found no means to address their grievances within domestic laws. "The domestic, indeed dominating, doctrinal framework [of the United States and Canada] is used to claim a superior right to our lands, territories and resources, despite the treaties and international standing of indigenous nations and peoples," she continued. The Preliminary study of the so-called Doctrine of Discovery had recently been submitted to the Permanent Forum's Secretariat. It showed how that Doctrine had been used against First Nations and peoples to violate their lands, sacred birthrights and fundamental human rights.



Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
National Chief
Assembly of First Nations
Canada

AFN National Chief Presents to the United Nations
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:
Calls for Action Based on Principles of the UN Declaration
on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Chief SHAWN A-IN-CHUT ATLEO, said that, as his Grandmother had listen to the apology by the Canadian Government to Native Americans, she had said: "They are beginning to see us, grandson. They are beginning to see us." Now, with the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, he said it was perhaps time for all peoples to find the strength to "turn a heavy page on a dark chapter" and move towards a more positive future together.



Chief Oren Lyons

While calling today's dialogue with the United States and Canada "amazingly different" from past discussions, Chief Oren Lyons said that land, and its jurisdiction thereon, had been, and always would be, the crux of the matter. Many First Nations had not succumbed to dominate cultures and continued their fight to preserve lands and languages. But with the adoption of the Declaration, "we finally became 'peoples'", he said.



STATEMENTS FROM DELEGATES



Grand Chief Edward John

Grand Chief Edward John

Hereditary Chief (Akile Ch'oh) of Tl'azt'en Nation
North America Regional Caucus
First Nations Summit

Statement by Grand Chief Edward John
First Nations Summit - Canada

I welcome the recent commitment by the Government of Canada to take steps to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. However, we have concerns about this being a “qualified” recognition “fully consistent with Canada’s Constitution and laws”. Ultimately, this is about standards – standards as set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and whether the existing standards of the Canadian government in its relationship with First Nations peoples conform to those in the Declaration. Read more...


JOINT STATEMENT

Canada Should Embrace UN Declaration
without Conditions or Qualifications

Joint Statement by Assembly of First Nations; Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada; Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Native Women's Association of Canada; Assemblée des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador; First Nations Summit; Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs; Chiefs of Ontario; Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee); International Organization of Indigenous Resource Development (IOIRD); Quebec Native Women/Femmes Autochtones du Québec; Samson Cree Nation; Ermineskin Cree Nation; Montana Cree Nation; Louis Bull Cree Nation; Innu Council of Nitassinan; Indigenous World Association; First Peoples Human Rights Coalition; Amnesty International; Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers); KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives.

Indigenous Peoples and human rights and faith based organizations welcomed the announcement on March 3 that the Canadian government is taking steps to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We urge the government to embrace this vital human rights instrument without qualifications. Read more...



POINT OF VIEW

Fourth World Eye
An Online Daily Journal of the
Center for World Indigenous Studies
UN Discourse A Disappointment
April 25, 2010 by Rudolph Ryser.



Armand MacKenzie

ARMAND MACKENZIE ON TWITTER


RADIO DES NATIONS UNIES

Audio Témoignage et chants du peuple Innu - 23/04/2010

Armand Mackenzie, juriste et membre de l'Instance permanente
des peuples autochtones qui fait entendre son de cloche
au micro de Cristina Silveiro au sujet des revendications
des peuples aborigènes du Canada.





Dialogue Between Nations  Friday, April 23

Audio
AUDIO
AM SESSION

Audio AUDIO: 23 April 2010 AM  - Floor or Original  [2 hours, 52 minutes]
Audio AUDIO
: 23 April 2010 AM - English - [2 hours, 52 minutes]
Audio AUDIO:
23 April 2010 AM - Spanish - [2 hours, 52 minutes]
 



PRESS RELEASE


UN Department of Public Information
News and Media Division, NY
23 April 2010

Economic and Social Council
HR/5017

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Ninth Session
8th Meeting (AM)

ACCESS, BENEFIT SHARING FROM GENETIC RESOURCES, PROTECTING TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE FOCUS OF UNITED NATIONS INDIGENOUS FORUM DIALOGUE

Hears Reports by Biological Diversity Convention Secretariat,
UN Human Settlements Official on Behalf of Inter-Agency Support Group


The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today held an in-depth dialogue with representatives of two United Nations entities working to better integrate the concerns of indigenous peoples and enhance their participation in the Organization’s work in two vital areas: access and benefit sharing from genetic resources; and protecting the practices and innovations of indigenous and local communities.

The discussion, featuring presentations from John Scott, Focal point for non-governmental organizations of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and Yamina Djacta, Deputy Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), on behalf of the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues, aimed to help Permanent Forum members, representatives of indigenous peoples’ groups and Governments take stock of the challenges and opportunities United Nations entities faced in discharging their mandates related to the rights of indigenous peoples.

Mr. Scott discussed the most recent report of the work undertaken, or in the planning stages by the Secretariat of the Biodiversity Convention regarding indigenous peoples’ issues in relation to that treaty. He said that 2010 marked the International Year of Biodiversity and that the Convention’s three main goals were: conservation of biological diversity; sustainable use of the components of biological diversity; and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. Read more...



SECRETARIAT OF THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY


CONVENIO SOBRE LA DIVERSIDAD BIOLOGICA
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ARTICLE 8 (j): TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, INNOVATIONS AND PRACTICES


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