Proud to Be Indigenous Weeks start May 9. Are you part of it yet?!

May 03, 2016

 
Proud to Be Indigenous Weeks start Monday, May 9th. Are you part of it yet?!

Indigenous Peoples from around the world will be descending on New York City for the  United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) from May 9-May 20. 
 
While most of us can't make it to New York, our voices need to be heard! Our goal is to create a storm of online activity during UNPFII so that Indigenous voices everywhere are heard.  This year's theme is "Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution." 
 
The first week, we'll be focusing on what peace and conflict resolution looks like in Indigenous communities. 
 
The second week we will be highlighting Indigenous human rights and environmental defenders to bring attention to the ongoing violence against Indigenous leaders who speak out. 
 
We want Indigenous people to post photos and videos expressing why they are Proud To Be Indigenous with the hashtag #Proud2BIndigenous or #P2BI on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 
 
We want people to share stories and celebrate their Indigenous culture. And we want Indigenous People from around the world to connect with each other. Proud to Be Indigenous is about you, and making your voice heard.  
 
GET INVOLVED!
 
1. LISTEN AND SHARE
 
Start by listening to interviews we did with Indigenous leaders at the 
 
2015 UNPFII here.
 

 
2. ATTEND AN EVENT
If you are attending the UNPFII come to these events! If you can't make it follow us on @CSORG on twitter and facebook.com/culturalsurvival for live coverage of UNPFII events (#UNPFII15):
 
 
Indigenous Women Leadership in Community Media
Friday, May 13, 2016
13:15 - 14:30
United Nations FF Building, FF 1080
304 East 45th Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave)
New York, NY

Come and learn how community radio is an important media strategy for Indigenous women to amplify their voices, demand equality, communicate their needs and concerns, address peace and conflict, and participate in building democracy. Join the conversation about how Indigenous women are using radio to create spaces for women's voices in dialogue, discussion, and education and in important issues such as domestic violence, land rights, ethnic discrimination, access to education, disability rights, child welfare, environmental protection, and climate change.
 
 
Universal Periodic Review: A Potent Process for the Realization of Human Rights in Indigenous Homelands
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 
13:15 - 14:30 
United Nations FF 600
304 East 45th Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave)
New York, NY
 
Learn about the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and how it can aid in your advocacy efforts and put pressure on governments to respect Indigenous Peoples' rights.
Co-sponsors: Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights, USHRN
 
 

3. BE SOCIAL 

TAKE A #PROUD2BINDIGENOUS PHOTO 
 
Take a photo of yourself with your homemade #Proud2BIndigenous sign. Then post them on the Proud To Be Indigenous Facebook page with a message telling us your name, your People, and where you live.
 
If you are on Twitter, tweet your photo using the hashtag #Proud2BIndigenous or #P2BI and we will retweet it.
 
And if you only have email, just email the photo to agnes@cs.org and we will share it for you.
 
Not Indigenous? We still want you to join us! We believe that everyone has the right to be proud of their communities, heritage, and traditions. Unfortunately, this right has been denied to Indigenous Peoples for so long. We all need to band together to celebrate and protect our common humanity and all the beautiful cultures of this earth. So take a picture with a sign saying that you're a proud supporter of Indigenous Peoples and we'll post it too!
 
 
4. JOIN THE CONVERSATION
During P2BI Weeks, we'll be focusing on a different topic every day. Check out the schedule so you can join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, or email us your stories and experiences!
 
The first week (May 9-13), we'll be focusing on what peace and conflict resolution looks like in Indigenous communities. 
 
The second week (May 16-20) we will be highlighting Indigenous human rights and environmental defenders to bring attention to the ongoing violence against Indigenous leaders who speak out. 
 
 
 
5. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!   
Follow this link for a super-easy way to join the campaign - you can create your own custom P2BI photo! You can also share your photos using Facebook and Twitter, and even add your own Facebook banner!  
 
And make sure you are following us on FacebookTwitter, our website because during the week, we will be sharing Indigenous stories and news coming out of UNPFII.
 
 
6. JOIN THE P2BI COALITION
If you are associated with an organization, please let us know so that we can add you to our coalition! Coalition members help support  P2BI by spreading the word to your audience. Additionally, if you plan on hosting any events leading up to or during UNPFII, we will gladly help spread the word about them! Just email agnes@cs.org with the details.