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April 7 2015

Logo: Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival
Annemiek Wilson / IWGIA
The Indigenous Film Archive recently opened the call for submissions for the annual Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival.

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March 6 2015
A radio series interview with Kechua Lamas midwives describing the transmission of ancestral knowledge and the role they play in strengthening the cultural continuity of their people.

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March 4 2015
By: Annemiek Wilson / IWGIA
Indigenous voices have been a focal point of the Berlin International Film Festival, known as Berlinale, since 2013. The festival’s NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema series is devoted to telling the stories of indigenous peoples worldwide, and highlights a different major region every second year. This year’s festival focused on Latin America, and an indigenous story from the Pacaya volcano region in Guatemala was awarded the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize fo...

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December 16 2014

IWGIA’s partner The Samburu Womens Trust has launched a campaign to end outdated cultural practices. The campaign was launched under the banner ‘’I support my daughter" in Kipsing, Isiolo county. The objective of the campaign is to end retrogressive cultural practices like beading, Female genital Mutilation and child marriages which are rampant in the region.

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April 7 2014

Alberto Chirif and Margarita Benavides presenting at the Ministry of Culture, Lima. Photo: Allison Cadenillas/SERVINDI
As a result of research in the Peruvian Amazon, anthropologist Alberto Chirif has recently published a book titled Pueblos de la yuca brava. Historia y culinaria (People of the bitter manioc. History and cuisine). The book, supported by IWGIA, focuses on the history and cuisine of the the Bora, Huitoto, Ucaina and Secoya peoples of the Peruvian Amazon, who cultivate and process the bitter manioc as a main staple. The book was presented in the Ministry of Culture in Lima on March 1...

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January 21 2014
The Special Rapporteur James Anaya presented his comments during the International Expert Group Meeting held in New York last week. Anaya opened the conference outlining the barriers faced by indigenous peoples in regard to the realization of their right to health, including inadequate access to health services, culturally inappropriate provision of health services and contamination of their lands and natural resources. Concerning access to health, Anaya noted that health service...

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August 16 2013
Addressing the 14th anniversary of Federation of Nepali Indigenous Journalists (FONIJ) in the capital on Sunday, Minister for Information and Communication Madhav Poudel said that the government has given extra priority to the issue of making the media sector of the country inclusive and will soon come up with policies to institutionalise the same. Journalists from various indigenous communities of the country demanded that the government formulate an inclusive media policy and imp...

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June 21 2013
In his statement on education at the 4th session of the General assembly open work group on sustainable development goals held this week in New York, the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, directed attention to indigenous peoples’ access to education. The Minister stressed the importance of creating social protection schemes and focus on education in a manner that takes into account the specific challenges faced by marginalised groups, and amon...

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June 11 2013
Through the platform "the World We Want", created by the United Nations and civil society, it is possible to give input to the global post 2015 sustainable development process. The World We Want platform aims at amplifying peoples' voices in the process of building a global agenda for sustainable development. We would like to encourage indigenous youth around the world to participate in the thematic consultation on Education by giving comments at the World We Want platform here...

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April 4 2013
In September 2012, the Danish Agency for Culture, the Greenland Government and IWGIA together hosted an International Expert Workshop on the World Heritage Convention and Indigenous Peoples as part of the Convention’s 40th Anniversary. Now a comprehensive report covering issues discussed at the meeting and containing the workshop's Call to Action is available on our website. The report presents the practices and challenges related to implementing a human rights policy framework...

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February 13 2013
Since 2006 Indigenous Film Archive has been hosting Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (NIIFF). In 2013 the festival focus on “Equal Access and Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Media”.

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January 30 2013
IWGIA is proud to present the new book by Jens Dahl “The Indigenous Space and Marginalized Peoples in the United Nations” published by Pelgrave Macmillan, December 24, 2012

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November 12 2012
FSB accuses Ivan Moseev, the leader of an organization promoting the culture of the Pomors for high treason "with support from Norwegian special services”. If convicted, he faces 12 to 20 years in prison.

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August 21 2012
By Jenni Monet, Indian Country TODAY MEDIA August 14, 2012
UNPFII Chairman, Grand Chief Edward John Discusses the Power of Indigenous Storytelling

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August 10 2012
ILO News
August 9 marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, and this year’s theme is 'Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices'. ILO News looks at the growing role of social media and the staying power of radio in these communities.

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August 9 2012
James Anaya - United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples
Geneva. The UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (9 August 2012) In light of this year's theme "Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices", the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, have stressed the vital role that media can play in the respect f...

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July 3 2012
IWGIA, Organising Committee CHT Campaign and Shimin Gaikou Centre have published a report on the human rights situation of the indigenous peoples living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts : “Bangladesh: Militarization in the Chittagong Hill Tracts".

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June 25 2012
Indigenous peoples presented the following statement at the Opening Plenary at UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Indigenous peoples are one of the major groups defined in Agenda 21 that formalized nine groups as the overarching categories through which all citizens can participate in the UN activities on achieving sustainable development. In the statement Joji Carino, an Ibaloi-Igorot from the Philippines who is the Policy Advisor of Tebtebba, stressed the importance o...

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May 31 2012
The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) adopted recommendations on combating violence against indigenous women and girls at its 11th session in May 2012. The recommendations were based on those from the International Expert Group Meeting on Combating Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, held in January 2012. The group was working in response to Article 22 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: “States shall take measures, in conjunction...

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May 30 2012
Nepal’s Constituent Assembly collapsed on 28 May failing to meet its deadline to deliver a new constitution amid the furore of federalist and ethnic divisions. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his disappointment in the failure, as well as asserting the need for political consensus to lead to a peaceful way forward. For centuries, the resentments simmered in this Himalayan nation, a place where everyone knew who belonged to the country's small elite and who did not. Indi...

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May 29 2012
In response to a surge of violence against indigenous people, the All Walks of Citizen Groups formed a human chain on 24 May to urge Bangladesh’s government to take action to stem this tide. The recent weeks has seen rapes and murders of a 7-year old and an 11-year old girls, a grenade attack against Jumma students attending a peaceful public meeting, leaving one dead and at least 13 others seriously injured, and the murder of 4 indigenous labourers. The group condemned the govern...

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May 21 2012
The continuous discrimination against indigenous peoples, drastic changes in their environment, the systematic violation of their rights and the exclusion from decisions that affect their future, have traumatic individual and collective consequences for indigenous peoples. One response to this situation of hopelessness seems to be the increase in suicide among indigenous children and young people. Although the population of Latin America has a comparatively low rate of suicide on...

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May 3 2012
2012 Call For Entries for the XI International indigenous film and video festival in Colombia (Festival Internacional de Cine y Video de los Pueblos Indígenas)

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April 24 2012
For two days, April 15-16, 2012, more than 200 women representing various indigenous communities in Indonesia gathered on Doa Dukono Hill in Tobelo, North Halmahera, a regency in North Maluku, to form an organization that focuses on the country’s indigenous women’s movement — an inseparable part of the whole indigenous people’s movement to attain economic self-sufficiency, political rights, and cultural dignity. “Indigenous peoples have long been oppressed by political, le...

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December 8 2011
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, adopts concluding observation stating their concern about the displacement of indigenous Baka and Mbororo from their ancestral lands and lack of implementation of their cultural rights.

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