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Lt to Rt, James Stauch, Program Manager at Gordon Foundation, Patrick Johnston, President and CEO of Gordon Foundation, Evelyn Arce-White of IFIP and Theresa Fay Bustillos, Chair of IFIP and Director of Levi Strauss Foundation
Se:kon/Greetings IFIP Friends,
I hope that this message finds you in good health and strong spirit as we approach the summer season.
IFIP has been very busy this spring with speaking at several
conferences and has published the recent article titled On
The Ground: IFIP Facilitates Donor Access to Mesoamerica . Another report soon to come is called, “Foundation Grantmaking to
International Indigenous Peoples: Crossing Borders, Setting Trends”. This research explores giving
by private (independent, corporate, and community) foundations in the
the opportunity to present some draft research findings at the panel discussion on "Funding Opportunities for Sustaining Biological and Cultural
Diversity" during the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation's
symposium in NYC and attended the notable 7th annual Global Philanthropy Forum in
IFIP also successfully conducted two sessions at the Annual Council on Foundations Conference. One session, co-organized by the Levi Strauss Foundation, themed “Climate Change: How Indigenous Peoples are Tackling the Most Challenging Issues of our Time” and looked at unique perspectives that Indigenous Peoples can provide to our most pressing global issues. We are grateful to our excellent speakers that provided an insightful look into how donors can support strategies of Indigenous adaptation to Climate Change, speakers included James Stauch, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, Patricia Cochran, Inuit Circumpolar Council and Winona La Duke, Honor the Earth. Transcription of session will come soon.
Our “Key to Effective International Philanthropy,” session examined how philanthropic institutions can support transformative change within Indigenous Communities in a respectful manner. We thank our speakers, Emilienne de Leon of Semillas, Chief Kokoi, Amerindian Peoples Association of Guyana, and Trevor Stevenson, Amazon Alliance.
IFIP presented our annual award for the first time to a foundation based internationally, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation based in Toronto, Canada received the award in recognition of their efforts to support First Nations, Inuit and other Northern Peoples to shape public policy reflective of and reinforcing cultural priorities and traditions, for more info see http://www.gordonfn.org/index.cfm?cp=89
Previous recipients include The Christensen Fund (2007), Kalliopeia Foundation (2006), and Ford Foundation President Susan Beresford (2005). A press release will be sent soon.
The Amazon Donors Forum that Amazon Alliance organized and IFIP
co-sponsored had productive dialogue and significant outcomes were achieved.
There were a wide array of funders and Amazonian indigenous peoples present
to ensure a positive future for all of
Daryl Hannah with Goldman Environmental
Goldman Environmental Prize: Lawyer Pablo Fajardo and community leader Luis Yanza, who have spearheaded the landmark lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador, have won the 2008 Goldman Prize for South America, the world’s most prestigious environmental award. Click here for video clip of news see for more info http://www.goldmanprize.org/2008/centralsouthamerica
currently organizing our planning committee for our Spring 2009 Annual
Conference, please let us know if you are interesting in joining the
committee. We have plans to have the conference venue in beautiful
like to also encourage our members to submit an article for our newsletter
If you are not yet a member of IFIP, please begin or renew your membership today and support our efforts to increase support for Indigenous Peoples around the world.
REPORTS & ARTICLES
Report of the Seventh Session of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
An unedited version of the report of the seventh session is available that summarizes the outcomes of the April 21- May 2 UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Although the report is not a final official document, it does contain all of the amendments made by the rapporteur during the adoption of the report on Friday 2 May 2008. Thus, the report contains additional paragraphs and changes that were made since the previous documents were issued. Click here for full report
Arm in Arm:
This report focuses on challenges and strategies for grantmakers whose mission requires them to make grants over many years in communities that have a limited number of individuals with the experience and skill required to lead those organizations. The findings summarized here are based on interviews with approximately 30 individuals working in a range of settings, including grantmaking to First Nations, Native American and Aboriginal Peoples; grantmaking in rural areas; and grantmaking in developing countries.
The Other Game: Lessons From How Life is Played in Mexican Villages
was one of the projects that IFIP’s Funders Delegation to
Orbis Press just published a new book about the work of CEDICAM and what it can teach us in the North. The book tells of the work with CEDICAM and reflections on the significance of what has been learned from the people of the Mixteca that can help us all.
Phil and Steve Hicken teamed up on the book that was published by Orbis Press. "The Other Game: Lessons from How Life is Played in Mexican Villages" is available on most booksellers' websites. To buy the book
the Gap between the Rights and Needs of Indigenous Communities and the
Management of Protected Areas: Case Studies from
This report presents and analyses
data collected between 2004 and 2005 in the
Global Philanthropists: Partners for a
Knowledge Based Response to Climate Change
June 1-3, 2008
European Foundation Centre, Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office
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OECD 2008 Forum: Climate Change, Growth,
Stability Organisation For Economic Co-Operation and Development
The OECD Forum is a "multi-stakeholder
summit" which brings together business and labour leaders, civil society
personalities, government ministers and leaders of international
organisations to discuss the hottest issues on the international agenda. It
takes place in conjunction with the annual OECD ministerial summit. Forum
speakers are usually at the level of Minister or CEO. Forum 2007 attracted
approximately 1600 participants from 100 countries, including 150
journalists. Doris Leuthard,
Read more about online registration.
Just Giving: Global Social
June 8-10, 2008
Since 2001, Grantmakers Without Borders has convened a major annual gathering focused on global social change philanthropy. These events have brought together a diverse assembly of up to 250 grantmakers, individual donors and global Southern activists, who learn, network, and explore collaboration through sessions that cover a wide range of grantmaking topics.
More complete information on the
conference click here for more info
Tällberg Forum 2008 "How on earth can we live together? In search of the common sense"
June 26-29, 2008
On June 26, 2008 the Tällberg Forum will gather thinkers and leaders from seventy nations for four days of conversations and workshops related to the opportunities and challenges of global interdependence.
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IHRFG Semi-Annual Meeting Human Rights and Climate Change
July 21-22, 2008
Global climate change holds dramatic implications for human rights -- from the prospect of millions of "climate refugees" fleeing low-lying or changed areas, to rapid disease spread, to ecological disruption -- all likely to have a vastly disproportionate impact on the world's poorest and most marginalized populations.
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EVENTS FOR ALL
Fire and Ice Ceremony for the
July 18-20, 2009
The Fire and Ice Ceremony for the Earth will be a powerful three-day cross-cultural gathering of deliberation, ceremony, and celebration, the objective of which touches the welfare of the world. A principal objective is the return of the sacred fire in fulfillment of prophetic tradition. For the first time in memory the sacred fire will be home. The ceremony will revolve around the physical fire but the most important element will be the spiritual fire, the spirit of which the physical fire is a symbol. It is a symbol of countless generations of indigenous people who have met around it to consider how to live well on the land given to them and how to relate well to the Creator and to one another. The lessons of the ice will also be prominent, both in helping us all recognize our common humanity, and in developing common perspectives raised by the melting ice and global climate change.
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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ASSISTANCE
2008 Call for grant applications from Indigenous peoples’ organizations and their communities.
This grant is to fund projects, innovative approaches and partnerships that promote the development of indigenous peoples and help them fulfill their aspirations.
Deadline is June 30, 2008
The Special Rapporteur on the Situation of the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People
Wednesday 26 March, the Human Rights Council adopted, during its 7th session,
and without a vote, the list of candidates for special procedures mandate
holders proposed by the President of the Council. The list includes the name
of the new Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and
fundamental freedoms of indigenous people,
As United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya will investigate human rights violations against indigenous people and provide recommendations to the U.N. Human Rights Council and governments around the world to improve their situations.
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Native People Warn
(United Nations) Growing demand for biofuels by the world's rich nations is
propelling attacks on indigenous people and destroying their lands and
forests. "[There are] increasing human rights violations, displacements and conflicts due to expropriation of ancestral lands and forests for biofuels plantations,"
said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, chair of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous
Ainu People to Press Demands at G8
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