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Tribal Link’s Project Access Program 2015 Begins

Tribal Link Foundation's photo.The 2015 Participants of Project Access on their way to the training session in NY
Project Access Global Capacity Training Workshop for Indigenous Peoples, is a three-day intensive workshop focusing on Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations system to better prepare Indigenous Peoples to engage the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and other international processes.  This year, Project Access takes place 15-17 April and participation is by invitation only. The 2015 program is organized by the Tribal Link Foundation, in cooperation with Columbia University’s Indigenous Peoples’Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ΙSHR); the United Nations Voluntary Fund; the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; and UNDP’s Equator Initiative. For inquires please contact Pamela Kraft, Executive Director, Tribal Link Foundation at
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14th Session of the UNPFII begins in just one week

UNPFII 10th Session

Fourteenth Session of the Permanent Forum

The fourteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in UN Headquarters, New York from 20 April to 1 May 2015.

Provisional Agenda (with Concept Notes to guide the discussions)

  1. Election of officers
  2. Adoption of the agenda and organization of work.
  3. Follow-up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum:
    1. Outcome of the high-level plenary meeting also known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; (Concept Note EN)
    2. Post-2015 development agenda;
    3. Youth, self-harm and suicide
  4. Half-day discussion on the Pacific region.
  5. Half-day discussion on the expert group meeting on the theme “Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”.
  6. Comprehensive dialogue with United Nations agencies and funds: Post-2015 Development Agenda, with special focus on Food, Hunger and Disease (Concept Note EN)
  7. Human rights with focus on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights(Concept Note EN )
    1. Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
    2. Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  8. Future work of the Permanent Forum, including issues of the Economic and Social Council and emerging issues.
  9. Draft agenda for the fifteenth session of the Permanent Forum.
  10. Adoption of the report of the Permanent Forum on its fourteenth session.

Concept notes will be published soon in all official languages of the UN

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Your Voice Matters!: Join e-Discussion on Indigenous Peoples

Scenes from the First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Tai Pellicier (Taino). UN Photo/Loey Felipe

As part of promoting the 20th Anniversary of the 1995 World Summit for Social Development and the adoption of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action, UNDESA Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) launched a yearlong campaign called “For Inclusion. For Equality. For People”. The campaign, which is part of the wider “2015 Time for Global Action” campaign, aims to highlight the importance of unity and the need to put people at the centre of the development agenda, leaving no on behind.

To promote this month’s theme on “Indigenous Peoples”, UNDESA DSPD is launching an e-discussion on ”What are the priorities and challenges of Indigenous Peoples related to issues of health and well-being?”.

Your responses will be featured in our website and social media platforms!

The e-Discussion will take place from 10 to 24 April 2015. Please sign in at the end of this page and join our discussion using “Disqus” online system.

Please visit and join the conversation! Use #Action2015 and #ForPeople

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Radio Show tonight on Indigenous Issues

A few of Tribal Link’s Project Access Alumni will be on this show tonight. You can listen on the web.

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Radio Show: Please join us for a special two-hour “Indigenous Peoples Voice” this coming Monday evening, April 6, 2015. The show will feature a special round table discussion with tribal leaders and experts from several tribes around the world. Our guests are Tai Pelli, Monika Arrington, and Chief Roberto Mukaro Borrero of the United Confederation of Taino People; Chief Robert Hawk Storm of the Shagticoke Tribe; Terry Sloan of the Navajo and Hopi Tribes; Chief Damon Gerard Corrie of the Eagle Clan Lokono-Arawak peoples; Fulton Arrington, Cherokee; and hosts, Doreen Bennett of the Maori people and Mashu White Feather, Cherokee.
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Support the Taino People!

The United Confederation of Taino People has requested support for a petition that seeks to highlight racial discrimination against Taino People on the island of Boriken (Puerto Rico). Please consider supporting the petition below and sharing it with others.

Say No to Racism in Puerto Rico // Dile no al racismo en Puerto Rico!

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Indigenous Peoples Cannot be Left Behind in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

“Ironically, while traditional Indigenous Territories “encompass up to 22 percent of the world’s land surface” and “coincide with areas that hold 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity,” the post-2015 development agenda is poised to repeat the broken promises of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the world’s Indigenous Peoples.”

Read the full article by Roberto Mukaro Borrero (Taino) at the UN-NGLS Website: 
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UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues holds inter-sessional meeting in Salekhard, Russia

At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation, the expert members of the Permanent Forum met on 25, 26 and 27 February 2015 in Salekhard – the administrative center of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug – Russia. At the meeting, the Permanent Forum discussed their methods of work as well as made preparations for the forthcoming annual session (20 April-1 May 2015).


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