From May 20-31st, Lakota from North America, Maasai from Africa, Yawanawa from South America, Māori from South East Asia, and Indigenous Peoples from around the world will come together in New York City for the Twelfth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a> (UNPFII). They will discuss several issues critical to indigenous peoples including health, education, culture, human rights and the implementation of The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
First Peoples Worldwide, an indigenous-led organization dedicated to the mission of promoting Indigenous economic determination and strengthening Indigenous communities, is organizing PROUD TO BE INDIGENOUS WEEK during the Permanent Forum. They will be hosting several events in New York City (click here for the schedule), but since most indigenous people will not make it to New York, First Peoples is running an online campaign to allow indigenous peoples everywhere to engage with UNPFII and each other.
Throughout the week, First Peoples will be celebrating indigenous people through stories, photos and videos on Facebook,Twitter and Youtube and sharing news from UNPFII. More importantly, First Peoples will be asking indigenous peoples to share photos and videos of themselves expressing why they are proud to be indigenous while holding a sign with the hashtag #Proud2BIndigenous and posting it to Facebook and Twitter. People can start now by adding the Proud To Be Indigenous Twibbon to their Facebook and Twitter Profiles at http://twibbon.com/support/proud2bindigenous.
First Peoples is collaborating* with several participating organizations, including Cultural Survival, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, United Nations Global Compact, Buffalo Nickel Communications, Gwich’in Steering Committee, Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources, Longhouse Media, Native Arts Collective, Numi Organic Tea, Pwani Leadership Council (Kenya), Runa, sweetriot, Vision Maker Media, and others.
Want to join us? If you are an individual who wants to join the Proud To Be Indigenous Social Media Crew, sign up at http://eepurl.com/w5rcX.
If you are an organization that would like to get involved or media that wants an interview, please email Dan Morrison at dmorrison[at]firstpeoples[dot]org or call (540) 899-6545.
Written by Dan Morrison of First Peoples Worldwide.