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Connecting Communities - Sharing Knowledge - Building a Common Future

March 2008



Se:kon/Greetings IFIP Friends,

I hope you are enjoying the beauty of the Spring Season!


IFIP has been busy building off the success of IFIP’s Inaugural regional convening. You can view NEW conference slideshows from the event, for Jan 18th click here, for Jan 19th click here.

There are many exciting upcoming events and collaborations in the next few months  including  having IFIP join a  panel discussion on "Funding Opportunities for Sustaining Biological and Cultural Diversity" during the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation's upcoming symposium in NYC and attending the notable 7th annual Global Philanthropy Forum in San Francisco which will have prominent leaders present like Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Tutu.


In May, IFIP has invited Wangari Muta Maathai, Recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, to speak at our annual awards reception at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference, which will be held on May 4-7, 2008, see www.cof.org for registration info. IFIP also welcomes you to join us for two important sessions: “From Climate Change to Poverty: How Indigenous Peoples are Tackling the Most Challenging Issues of our Time” and “Key to Effective International Philanthropy,” see our website for details. Our list of distinguished speakers includes: Ken Wilson, The Christensen Fund, Chief Kokoi, Amerindian Peoples Association of Guyana, Winona La Duke, Honor the Earth, James Stauch, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, Patricia Cochran, Inuit Circumpolar Council, and Trevor Stevenson, Amazon Alliance.


This year for the first time, there will be an Amazon Donors Forum that Amazon Alliance has organized and  IFIP is co-sponsoring held right after the COF events in Washington D.C. on May 8th see http://www.amazonalliance.org/forum/ for details and registration.


I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, as well as sharing updates in future editions of our e-newsletter. IFIP would also like to encourage our members to submit an article for our newsletter "The Sharing Circle" about effective grantmaking and lessons learned in Indigenous communities. The deadline is April 30th, 2008.


In Peace,

Evelyn Arce-White, M.A.T.
Executive Director, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples



Impact of Climate Change Mitigation Measures on
Indigenous Peoples and on their Territories and Lands

Submitted by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Aqqaluk Lynge


At its Sixth Session, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigneous Issues (UNPFII) appointed the authors as Special Rapporteurs to investigate the impact of “climate change mitigation measures on indigenous peoples”. In this paper, the authors summarize the effects of climate change on indigenous peoples, review mitigation and adaptation measures, and then analyze the impacts of these measures on indigenous peoples.  This paper includes case studies of mitigation measures under the Kyoto Protocol and other voluntary measures that are affecting indigenous peoples adversely. It also includes some good practice models and identifies opportunities for indigenous peoples. The recommendations provide practical steps for the UNPFII, as well as proposals for states, the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, other United Nations bodies, programs and agencies, and multilateral bodies on climate change mitigation matters.


Click here to download report.



Council on Foundations Annual Conference

IFIP Award Reception
9:00-10:30pm, May 4, 2008

Please join International Funders for Indigenous Peoples in its presentation of the Annual IFIP Award, bestowed upon an individual or foundation that has demonstrated efforts to increase philanthropic support for Indigenous Peoples around the world. Previous recipients include the The Christensen Fund (2007) in recognition of their efforts to promote and preserve Indigenous stewardships of cultural and ecological heritages, Kalliopeia Foundation (2006) for their intuition, spiritual wisdom and support for Indigenous Peoples and Ford Foundation (2005) for their leadership in increasing a greater commitment from a philanthropic institution. All are welcomed to attend and take part in this momentous event. Cash bar, chocolate and refreshments will be available.


From Climate Change to Poverty: How Indigenous Peoples are Tackling the Most Challenging Issues of our Time
10:30am-12:00pm, May 5, 2008


Indigenous people are the existing descendants of the original people inhabiting a particular region or country. Indigenous populations often maintain cultural, political and legal values that differ from those of the newer inhabitants, and, importantly, maintain particular claims or rights over the local lands, resources and artifacts, in accordance with these values. The goal of this session is to share how the unique perspective of indigenous peoples can inform and work in partnership with funders to advance solutions to our most pressing global issues.


Key to Effective International Philanthropy
3:00-4:30pm, May 6, 2008


Indigenous peoples around the world are becoming more successful in making themselves heard in international arenas. But many challenges remain in the fight for full recognition of all their rights. Likewise international philanthropy towards Indigenous Peoples is growing rapidly, but true partnerships and effective mechanisms are still developing. This session will examine practically the different ways that philanthropy is finding to support transformative change with Indigenous Communities, drawing from examples in the Amazon, Northern Australia and Africa. We will also share the results of a groundbreaking report that has tracked Global foundation giving to Indigenous communities.



7th Annual Global Philanthropy Forum


April 11, 2008
Redwood City, California


Through conversations with elders and emerging leaders, participants at the 7th Annual Global Philanthropy Forum will explore their responsibility to protect and their opportunity to effect systemic change. The Global Philanthropy Forum Conference is intended for individuals who have made a significant commitment to philanthropy, and executives from private, public, and corporate foundations. Participation in the conference is by invitation only, and invitations are not transferable. Conference Registration and Membership Information Conference admission fees are waived for Associate and Full Members.


For more information, contact Leslie Harlson, lharlson@wacsf.org, or visit www.philanthropyforum.org.


2008 Annual Conference
Women's Funding Network

May 1-3, 2008
Washington, D.C.

Our 2008 Annual Conference, Leadership for A Changing World, will be a high-energy gathering of visionary leaders from around the world. Join us for the best in skill-building, inspiration and global idea exchange as we forge bold strategies to empower women, communities and nations.

Women's funds are at the forefront of investing in solutions to some of the world's most pressing social issues. Together we are bringing in a new era of global change for women and their communities. Our conference will showcase the most cutting-edge ideas, trends and insights on social investment in women. We will also offer practical opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and connections in arenas from social networking to social investment. Join Us!

For more information, click here.

3rd Annual National Gathering
Native Americans in Philanthropy

May 2-3, 2008
Washington, DC

NAP will host a national gathering to celebrate outstanding philanthropic practices in Indian Country and share knowledge of best practices in Native nonprofits and Native philanthropy.  This two-day event will include prominent Native speakers, discussion groups and speaker panels, the Annual Awards & Celebration dinner, a Silent Auction and the Annual meeting of NAP.

For more information, click here.

Philanthropy's Vision: A Leadership Summit
Council on Foundations

May 4–7, 2008
National Harbor, Maryland

Join a gathering of philanthropic leaders unlike any the world has seen before. Whether you’re brand new to philanthropy or have years of experience, from a small family foundation or a large corporate giving program, from a rural area or a big city—philanthropy needs your vision and your voice.

For more information, click here.

Amazon Forum Funder’s Session
Amazon Alliance Steering Council

May 8, 2008
Washington, DC

This meeting will provide a forum for generating a cohesive, international response to the serious threats facing Amazonia. The Forum also builds on the positive momentum generated by the recent passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the increasing worldwide concern about global climate change. This historic moment offers significant opportunities for Amazonian indigenous peoples and allied organizations to link through focusing attention on the peoples and environments of the Amazon basin. The Amazon Forum highlights the importance of Amazonia within broader global movements and issues.




The Amazon Forum will enable Amazonian peoples' organizations and NGOs within the alliance Network to reach consensus on the most effective approaches for combating the interconnected threats of global climate change and the continent-wide infrastructure development plan, Initiative for Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA). The primary objectives of the forum are:


·         Generate consensus among leaders of the indigenous and environmental movements on how to best confront climate change and mega-development projects (IIRSA)


·         Develop an international action agenda for the future of Amazonia and its peoples


·         Develop mechanisms to sustain and monitor implementation of the action agenda


For more information, http://www.amazonalliance.org/forum/ or email: amazonforum@amazonalliance.org

European Foundation Centre
Annual General Assembly

Environmental Grantmakers Association Delegation


May 28-31, 2008
Istanbul, Turkey


The growing importance of the European Union, and the emerging influence of new environmental legislation arising from Brussels, has an impact on American environmental and funding initiatives. Progressive regulations, established in Europe, are affecting issues of concern to EGA members- from environmental health to biofuels.


For more information, contact Dana Lanza, dlanza@ega.org, or Luis Davila, ldavila@ega.org


Just Giving: Global Social Change Philanthropy
Grantmakers Without Borders
8th Annual Conference

June 8-10, 2008
San Francisco, California

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 is found in the attached document, click here to download.


Special Celebration

Amazon Watch & Hesperian

April 11, 2008

San Francisco, California


Hear reports from visiting environmental leaders defending the rights of communities in the Amazon and mobilizing to provide safe drinking water and mobilizing to provide safe drinking water and ecological sanitation in Southern Africa.


Learn about our forthcoming publications and campaigns.


Share food, drink and inspiring stories of struggle and success.


Space is limited: RSVP to rsvp@amazonwatch.org or call 1-415-487-9600. For more information, visit the Amazon Watch website.


Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus

April 18, 2008, 9am – 5pm

77 UN Plaza Building
New York City, New York


A Global Indigenous Women's Caucus meeting is planned for Friday, April 18, 2008 in New York City in preparation for the seventh session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which will take place during April 21st until May 2, 2008. Translation provided for Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Russian. Co-sponsors to date: American Indian Law Alliance, Andes Chinchasuyo, Native Women's Advocacy Center, and Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Development.


Co-sponsors to date: American Indian Law Alliance, Andes Chinchasuyo, Native Women's Advocacy Center, Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Development and Amazon Alliance.


Seventh Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods:
The stewardship role of indigenous peoples and
new challenges”

April 21 - May 2, 2008
UN Headquarters, New York City

Indigenous peoples and the role they may play in combating climate change are rarely considered in public discourses on climate change. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, is well placed to support indigenous peoples in putting a “human face” on this issue. Hence, it is not surprising that the special theme for the 7th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which will take place from 21 April to 2 May 2008 in New York, is “Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges”.

The effects of climate change on indigenous peoples

Indigenous peoples are among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change, due to their dependence upon, and close relationship, with the environment and its resources. Climate change exacerbates the difficulties already faced by indigenous communities including political and economic marginalization, loss of land and resources, human rights violations, discrimination and unemployment. Examples include:

·         Indigenous peoples in Africa’s Kalahari Desert are forced to live around government drilled bores for water and depend on government support for their survival due to rising temperatures, dune expansion and increased wind speeds which have resulted in a loss of vegetation, and negatively impacted traditional cattle and goat farming practices.

·         In the high altitude regions of the Himalayas, glacial melts affecting hundreds of millions of rural dwellers who depend on the seasonal flow of water is resulting in more water in the short term, but less in the long run as glaciers and snow cover shrink.

·         In the Amazon, the effects of climate change include deforestation and forest fragmentation and consequently, more carbon is released into the atmosphere exacerbating and creating further changes. Droughts in 2005 resulted in fires in the western Amazon region and this is likely to occur again as rainforest is replaced by savannas thus, having a huge affect of the livelihoods of the indigenous peoples in the region.

·         Indigenous peoples in the Arctic region depend on hunting for polar bears, walrus, seals and caribou, herding reindeer, fishing and gathering not only for food to support the local economy, but also as the basis for their cultural and social identity. Some of the concerns facing indigenous peoples in the region include the change in species and availability of traditional food sources, perceived reduction in weather predictions and the safety of traveling in changing ice and weather conditions, posing serious challenges to human health and food security.

·         In Finland, Norway and Sweden, rain and mild weather during the winter season often prevents reindeer from accessing lichen, which is a vital food source. This has caused massive loss of reindeers, which are vital to the culture, subsistence and economy of Saami communities. Reindeer herders are being forced to feed their herds with fodder, which is expensive and not economically viable in the long term.

Pre-registration for indigenous peoples' organizations (IPOs) and academic institutions that have not attended previous UNPFII sessions will close on Tuesday 1 April.

Pre-registration for for NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC and Indigenous Peoples' Organizations and academics that have attended previous UNPFII sessions will close on Monday 14 April.


For information on the UN Permanent Forum, click here.



Fire and Ice Ceremony for the Earth
'The Elders’ Federation of Greenland


July 18-20, 2008
Kangerlussuaq West Coast, Greenland


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.


For more information, click here.



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Stand with Tibet - Support the Dalai Lama

After decades of repression, Tibetans are crying out to the world for change. China's leaders are right now making a crucial choice between escalating repression or dialogue that could determine the future of Tibet, and China.

We can affect this historic choice -- China does care about its international reputation. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get the government's attention. The Dalai Lama has called for restraint and dialogue: he needs the world's people to support him. Sign the petition below--It has been delivered at Chinese embassies and consulates worldwide, and will continue to grow and be delivered until talks begin.


Click here to sign the petition.


Indigenous People
Take on Big Oil in
Latin America

(Los Angeles Times) Tomas Maynas Carijano, an elder of the Achuar tribe, left his home in the Peruvian Amazon earlier this week and traveled to Los Angeles. He came, he said, to tell the story of his people's suffering at the hands of a U.S. oil company. Before an audience at Loyola Law School, Maynas said that 30 years of reckless drilling practices by Occidental Petroleum Corp. had poisoned the land that had been home to his people for thousands of years. Wearing a Toucan-feather headdress, he spoke of an ancient way of life destroyed -- of poisoned rivers, contaminated fish and oil-soaked earth, of sick children and parents.

Click here to read more…

Ethical Funds on
“free prior and informed consent”

Last month, Canada’s Ethical Funds published a brief called Winning the Social License to Operate.

The focus is on how companies can reduce the risk of local opposition to their extractives operations by making use of the “latest evolving standards” around what is called free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of indigenous communities.

As the report points out, local opposition to resource extraction has been running high in many areas of the world. Canadian mining and energy companies in particular have run into recent controversies, including in Guatemala, India, and Canada itself.

Click here to read more…



Program Officer
Goldman Environmental Foundation


(San Francisco) The Goldman Environmental Foundation was established by Richard & Rhoda Goldman in1990. The GEF administers the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest prize for Grassroots environmentalists.


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Director of Evaluation
Marin Community Foundation


(San Francisco) The Marin Community Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest community foundations in the United States, with assets of $1.2 billion and steadily growing. Last fiscal year, MCF made over $60 million in competitive and family & community fund- grants, and received $30 million in contributions. MCF has a staff of 40 and a nine member Board of Trustees.


The Director (or Vice President) of Evaluation will develop, facilitate, and monitor all evaluation-related functions within MCF and will be responsible for oversight and coordination of all staff and external technical assistance providers implementing evaluation related functions.


For more information, click here.




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