Supporting grassroots Indigenous movements to protect, respect, and fulfill the rights of their communities.

Cultural Survival’s Advocacy Program supports Indigenous Peoples around the globe by amplifying grassroots movements to bring awareness and international pressure to their struggles while enhancing Indigenous communities’ capacity, always at the invitation of community leaders, to demand and assert their rights outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Since 2005, Cultural Survival has held consultative status with UN Economic, Social, and Cultural Council (ECOSOC). In addition to providing expert testimony on Indigenous, human, and environmental violations and coordinating Indigenous participation at international bodies like the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), Cultural Survival’s Advocacy team coordinates reports to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review and other human rights mechanisms.

“We have seen that international advocacy work is so much more effective when we do it in partnership with Cultural Survival than when we do it on our own.”

–Pablo Mis, program coordinator for the Maya Leaders Alliance of Toledo, Belize.


Dialogue, Strategic Communications, and Awareness Campaigns

We communicate to inform, educate and catalyze action on issues of importance to Indigenous Peoples. This includes investigative journalism, and radio production.

At the request of communities, we launch campaigns to urge decision makers to respect Indigenous Peoples’ rights to their lands as they confront destructive mining projects, mega-dams, or land-grabs.

Keepers of the Earth Fund

Keepers of the Earth Fund is a small grants fund designed to support Indigenous Peoples’ community advocacy and development projects. Since 2017, through small grants and technical assistance, KOEF has supported 186 projects in 37 countries totaling $810,470.

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Using International Human Rights Mechanisms

We provide training and support for Indigenous leaders on effective participation in the international human rights system. We conduct research on human rights violations and submit reports to UN treaty bodies as well as the Universal Periodic Review.

Support Advocacy


  • Organizing funds for community members
  • International travel for Indigenous leaders to Human Rights forums in NYC/ DC/ Geneva
  • Resources to publish official reports on Indigenous communities

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