2000s: Protecting Then & Now: Urging Governments to Respect Indigenous Rights

May 29, 2018



2000s: Protecting
Then & Now: Urging Governments to Respect Indigenous Rights


CS50: Celebrating 5 Decades of Indigenous Rights and Resilience

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Dukha reindeer herders testify before the Mongolian government.

2000s: “Protecting” THEN

Dukha Meet with Mongolian Government: Totem Peoples’ Preservation Project
A delegation of six Dukha (Tuvan) reindeer herders met in June 2003 with Mongolian government officials in Ulan Bator to speak about their culture and the challenges their people faced for survival. It was the first time a group of Dukha had ever met with the Mongolian government. The delegation’s meetings with leaders and representatives of the Mongolian government, parliament, and ministries of environment, education, and social affairs were covered in Mongolia’s national press. The trip was supported by the Totem Peoples’ Preservation Project, a Cultural Survival Special Project. In March 2005, Cultural Survival sponsored a Dukha delegation to participate in the International Reindeer Herders Congress in Yakutia, Russia, to exchange information and increase cooperation on initiatives that affect their livelihoods.
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"What you have done, no one else has ever accomplished in the history of Mongolia. Never before has an outside non-government organization been permitted to lead representative meetings of an ethnic minority before our government. Not even such organizations within our own country. The Dukha delegation effort spearheaded by the Totem Project over these past two years has today opened the door for all 16 of Mongolia’s ethnic minorities.” -Radnaa Yenchev, Mongolian government affairs coordinator for Taiga Nature

“Protecting” NOW

Members of the Indigenous Media and Communication Caucus


Cultural Survival Urges Support for Indigenous Community Media at the United Nations
On April 19, 2018, Cultural Survival's Dev Kumar Sunuwar (pictured first from left) intervened on the floor of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to urge governments around the world to acknowledge and support media outlets operated by and for Indigenous communities. Speaking on behalf of the Indigenous Media and Communication Caucus to the UN, he noted the role that Indigenous media currently plays around the world in strengthening and maintaining Indigenous languages, which are being celebrated next year in the 2019 "International Year of Indigenous Languages." Yet, Indigenous media continue to face systematic discrimination and violence as a result of States’ policies and legislation.
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Dev Kumar Sunuwar (Kumar/ Sunuwar), Program Associate, Community Media Grants Project

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