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Reporting from Glasgow! Recap from the second week at COP26


Indigenous rights are the solution to climate change!

World leaders, governments, NGOs, Indigenous Peoples, civil society, grassroots organizers, academic, science, media, and press institutions convened in Glasgow, Scotland, for the second week of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP 26). 

As week 2 of COP26 comes to a close, our delegation of Indigenous women participated in various dialogues about the importance of engaging, centering, and financially resourcing Indigenous women's leadership in addressing, adapting to, and mitigating climate change. From caring for our families, communities, food systems, waterways, lands, territories, traditional governance systems, cultures, and languages, Indigenous women are on the frontlines of climate change and have had an active voice at COP26. 

As members of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus and Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC), Cultural Survival is thrilled to have participated in a successful climate change conference alongside many other Indigenous leaders across the seven socio-cultural regions of the world. While some advocacy efforts continue even past the final day of COP26, such as negotiations to protect human and Indigenous rights in Article 6 of the Paris Climate Agreement, there are some notable outcomes the IIPFCC has achieved including the adoption of the second 3-year work plan of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP) and securing one seat to represent Indigenous Peoples in the Climate Technology Centre and Network Advisory Body. 

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On November 7, Avexnim Cojti (Maya K'iche'), left, Director of Programs and Monica Coc Magnusson (Q’eqchi Maya), second to right, Director of Advocacy and Policy spoke at Global Landscapes Forum's event, Indigenous Women in Climate Change Solutions: A Holistic and Rights-based Approach to Forests, Food and Finance (Co-organized by Cultural Survival). Watch the panel recording here.

On November 7, Daisee Francour (Oneida), left, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications and Avexnim Cojti (Maya K'iche'), center, Director of Programs, spoke at COP26 Coalition Peoples' Summit: Indigenous Feminisms Fighting on the Frontlines of Climate Change (Co-hosted by Cultural Survival and Indigenous Environmental Network). 


On November 9, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Indigenous Alliance and Cultural Survival organized an Indigenous-led session to address the under-representation and inequality that Indigenous women face in tech. Watch the recording here. 



Avexnim Cojti (Maya K'iche'), Director of Programs, interviewing Andrea Carmen (Yaqui), Executive Director of the International Indian Treaty Council.

Join us in listening to some Indigenous leaders across the world about their work at #COP26.

Indigenous Voices from COP26

They Are Starting to Listen to Us - Andrea Carmen at COP26


Cultural Survival's Avexnim Cojti (Maya Ki'che') attended COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, and got a chance to speak to Andrea Carmen (Yaqui), Executive Director of the International Indian Treaty Council and member of the Facilitative Working Group for the UNFCCC Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.


Carson Kiburo on the Impact of Climate Change on the Endorois Peoples in Kenya

Cultural Survival’s Daisee Francour (Oneida) spoke to Carson Kiburo (Endorois), Executive Director of the Jamii Asilia Centre, who is a youth leader and a community organizer from the Endorois Peoples of Kenya, at COP26. Kiburo works on Indigenous Peoples' rights, youth empowerment, and global governance. 

The Impact of Climate Change on the Arctic Region - Dalee Sambo Dorough at COP 26

Cultural Survival's Avexnim Cojti (Maya Ki'che') speaks to Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough (Iñupiat), International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, who has served as an expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for 2016 and 2017 and as a member of the International Law Association Committee on Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Peoples Want Meaningful Consultation and Participation - Gertrude Kenyangi at COP26

Cultural Survival's Daisee Francour (Oneida) spoke to Gertrude Kenyangi (Batwa), Executive Director at Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN) from Uganda, at COP26.

Joseph Itongwa on Climate Change in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Cultural Survival's Avexnim Cojti spoke with Joseph Itongwa (Babuluko) at COP26 about how his community is experiencing climate change in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Joseph Itongwa is currently the coordinator of a Member group of the ICCA Consortium: the Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities for the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystems (REPALEF).

Protect the Land! - Jimmy Aqjagnayuq Ullikatalik at COP26

In this podcast, Cultural Survival's Avexnim Cojti spoke to Jimmy Aqjagnayuq Ullikatalik (Inuit) to find out how climate change impacts his territory in Nunavut.

Climate Change Also Impacts Our Ceremonies - Ozawa Bineshi Albert at COP26

How does climate change impact Indigenous Peoples? Cultural Survival's Daisee Francour (Oneida) attended COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, and spoke to Ozawa Bineshi Albert (Yuchi and Anishinaabe), Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) Movement Building Coordinator.

Wildfires Have Burnt Our Ancestral Lands - Thomas Joseph At COP26

Cultural Survival's Daisee Francour (Oneida) spoke to Thomas Joseph (Hupa) from Hoopa Valley, northern California, about how wildfires are affecting his community's ancestral lands. 

COP26, Aportes de Pueblos Indigenas


Escuchemos una entrevista realizada por Avexnim Cojti, a Tuntiak Katan, Indígena Shuar de Ecuador quien nos platica sobre los aportes y avances en cuanto a la participación de Pueblos Indígenas en esta conferencia.


COP 26, Desafíos para cumplir acuerdos entre estados y Pueblos Indígenas


¿Cuáles son algunos acuerdos que se realizan en COP26 entre los estados y miembros de Pueblos Indígenas? Escuchemos esta y otras interesantes respuestas en esta entrevista realizada por nuestra compañera Avexnim Cojti quien se encuentra participando en esta importante conferencia.


COP26, mujeres Indígenas buscando justicia climática


Escuchemos una entrevista realizada en COP26 por Avexnim Cojtí a Ericka Xananine, mujer joven Indígena integrante del colectivo La Tlacuacha Compartida.


Week 1 of COP RECAP.