At this crucial time, IFIP is hosting its first Latin America Indigenous Funders Conference in Lima, Peru from October 25th-27th with a pre-conference workshop focused on security issues. The Conference Planning Committee has decided to dedicate the event to Berta Caceres, who had participated in an IFIP event on the security of Indigenous human rights defenders following her receipt of the Goldman Environmental Award last year.
Given the threat to communities in this region, donors also requested a separate event to deeply discuss philanthropy and the security of Indigenous activists. Held a day before the larger conference, the Indigenous Security Institute will be a half-day event that will convene key funders and organizations who will share data and analysis of the situation. They will also present this information alongside key Indigenous leaders who will bring stories from the frontlines. Participants will brainstorm how to fortify protection and networks for Indigenous communities in the crossfire of exploitation and environmental defense.
This workshop will result in concrete recommendations and steps for donors and the wider community. We also hope that the Institute will bring a Declaration to Protect Indigenous Activists for approval and dissemination at the Latin America Indigenous Funders Conference that immediately follows. The conference will share its findings on a plenary panel and has invited the daughter of Berta Caceres to come and speak.
This track will explore holistic ways to work with Indigenous communities, promoting alternative models that are culturally appropriate and include elements of Indigenous economies and local social practices. In the current framework, Indigenous Peoples are forced to function mostly in an economic and political scheme that differs greatly from their reality. This poses many challenges to their struggle to preserve their livelihoods, health, spirituality, food security, and sovereignty. Donors, on the other hand, need to understand how to adapt their requirements and expectations in order to facilitate the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in their grantee pool, while being sensitive to the Indigenous worldview.
Session topics covered in this track could include looking at some environmentally and socially acceptable economic models for Indigenous communities, power dynamics in Indigenous grantmaking, and Corporate Social Responsibility and how it supports Indigenous Peoples’ rights.
More than 370 million strong in over 90 countries, Indigenous Peoples constitute the largest minority in the world and are frequently among the most marginalized and vulnerable segments of the population. Despite significant advances in creating international treaties and national legislation, Indigenous Peoples still face enormous obstacles to asserting and claiming their rights. Their economic, social and legal status often limits their ability to defend their rights, interests and territories. At the same time, Indigenous Peoples’ survival depends on the fate of their territory and natural resources. In line with their traditional practices, Indigenous Peoples are seeking an integrated approach to defending their rights and managing their territories that simultaneously includes spiritual, social, economic, and cultural dimensions, an approach that needs to be taken into consideration in the grantmaking process as well.
Sessions under this track can include: self-determination models; defending and exercising collective rights, tools and technology for protecting land rights; strategies for strengthening the protection of Indigenous territories and the environment; economic and cultural barriers Indigenous Peoples face; access to information; and Indigenous Peoples’ rights and the post-Millennium Development Goals 2015 agenda.
Intergenerational relations in Indigenous communities are about sharing traditional knowledge, passing on cultural norms and beliefs, as well as reciprocal care and support among generations. With the unavoidable penetration of modern world elements even in the remotest communities, Indigenous Peoples are suffering demographic modifications and changes in family structures. The generation gap is widening, and the essential link between younger and older generations is weakening. There is a strong interdependence between generations, and a meaningful relationship between generations is key for societal and cultural cohesion.
This section can include looking at strategies to bridge the intergenerational gap in Indigenous communities; nurturing cultural dialogue with the elders; preserving stories fundamental to protecting Indigenous control of land and resources; increasing intergenerational solutions for language revitalization as part of bilingual education; and how technology can be used to recover and preserve culture.
This track focuses on how funders collaborate with and bring support to indigenous communities. The main goal is to show successful donors strategies as well as lessons learned on how funders, NGOs and Indigenous peoples can work effectively toward common goals such as increasing biodiversity, food sovereignty, conservation efforts, and advancing indigenous rights among other important issues.
Funders employ a wide variety of strategies to support indigenous peoples, including direct giving, working through intermediaries, long-term investments, and supporting indigenous control of philanthropic resources. Sessions can share the philanthropic trust’s journey to collaboration with indigenous peoples and explore the opportunities and challenges in creating deep, reciprocal and collaborative partnerships and larger inter-alliances with policy, programming, and advocacy efforts informed by Indigenous participation to more effectively, and practically be more inclusive of Indigenous Peoples cosmovision and the issues of core importance to them.
Indigenous women are active agents in the fight against poverty, racism and social exclusion. From their work at community, national, regional and international level, indigenous women produce a multiplier effect in various areas of the lives of other women, children and the whole community.
The main objective of the session is to provide a space for dialogue and exchange between donors and indigenous women, to strengthen mutual learning, recognition of the experiences of empowerment and political debate on the priorities of indigenous women for strategic alliances.