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Event: International Day of the World's Indigenous People at the UN

Posted on: Monday, August 9, 2010

Keywords: UN, Indigenous Rights

This is an event being held at the UN today in observance of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People.

Please note that only people with a valid UN grounds pass will be able to attend.


You are hereby invited to attend the observance of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People at the United Nations Headquarters in Conference Room 1 in the temporary North Lawn building, on Monday 9 August from 2 pm to 5 pm. It is organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in cooperation with the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The theme of the observance at UN Headquarters will be celebrating Indigenous film making.

Those who wish to attend the observance should register by noon Friday 6 August, by sending an email with full name at:

Please note that those who have not registered will not get a day pass, and will thus not be able to attend.
Holders of valid UN grounds passes do not need to register.

The event will begin at 2 pm. Participants must enter the UN grounds through the Visitor’s Entrance on 1st. Avenue facing 45th Street. After going through the entrance, participants should go directly to the table where SPFII staff will hand out day passes to those who have registered. Day passes will be available at the table from 1 pm until 2:15 pm. It is essential that participants bring photo ID when picking up their day passes.

The programme will include the screening of 4 amazing short films made by Indigenous filmmakers and will be followed by a Q&A session with three of the directors.

The provisional programme is as follows...

2:00 – 2:45 PM Welcome Ceremony

Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Roberto Múcaro Borrero (Taíno, Puerto Rico), Chairperson, NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Traditional welcome by Mr. Kevin Tarrent (Ho Chunk)

Message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Message by Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang

Message from the Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Mr. Carlos Mamani (by representative of DESA)

2:45 - 3:45 PM Screening of four short movies by Indigenous filmmakers

Brazil: Marangmotxingo Mïrang/From the Ikpeng Children to the World Directed  by Kumaré Txicão (Ikpeng), Karané Txicão (Ikpeng), and Natuyu Yuwipo Txicão (Ikpeng)

Sweden: Curte-Nillas:(short) movie)  Directed  by Mr. Per-Josef Idivuoma (Sámi)

Puerto Rico: Taino Indians counted out of existence Directed by Mr. Alex Zacarias (Taíno)

Alaska:  Sukumi - On the ice Directed  by Mr. Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Inupiaq)

3:45 - 5:00 PM Question and answer session with Indigenous filmmakers

Moderator: Ms. Reaghan Tarbell, from the National Museum of the American Indian

Film Directors: Mr. Per-Josef Idivuoma, Mr. Alex Zacarias and Mr. Andrew Okpeaha Maclean

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