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Dear IFIP Friends,
By now, I'm sure that many of you have heard reports of the devastating disaster that hit dozens of Mayan Indian communities in Guatemala. Hurricane Stan, Central America's worst hurricane in more than a century, slammed into Guatemala in early October and uprooted tens of thousands of Indigenous peoples. According to initial estimates, Stan buried hundreds of people under mud in the remote communities of Panabaj, Santiago Atitlan, San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Escuintla, and Sacatepequez. Nearly 657 people are presumed dead, 99 are seriously injured, 577 are missing, 120,000 are displaced, and more than 200,000 are severely affected due to damaged roads, houses, bridges, businesses. To compound the matter, relief workers are also seriously worried about the growing hunger and the possible outbreak of infectious disease. For recent article on the growing concern, see news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4426240.stm
To help cope with this disaster, one of IFIP's members, the Nahual Foundation, directed by co-founder Ignacio Ochoa, is working with Mayan leaders, the Public Health Commission and Rescue Teams to see that aid reaches those most in need. To contribute to the relief effort, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. See their flyer click here.
For a listing of other funds that will go to assist in aiding the Mayan People:
If your organization would like more info on how to help or would like to share on it's efforts, email IFIP.
I am pleased to announce that IFIP will be at the World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium (WIHEC) and the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) later this month. Being held in Hamilton, New Zealand, the event is an opportunity to recognize and promote Indigenous educational initiatives. Registration is still open, see www.wipce2005.com
REPORTS & ARTICLES
Read the declaration
The report include references to the Special Rapporteurs mandate and his various activities, including country visits and coordination and cooperation with other international and regional mechanisms, and an overview of the different human rights problems faced by indigenous people. Click here for the report
The Transatlantic Community Foundation Network (TCFN), a project of the Germany-based Bertelsmann Foundation with support from the U.S.-based Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, released a report outlining the benefits and challenges of cross-border learning communities to boost community philanthropy. The report describes how international, peer-based learning communities can advance philanthropy around the globe. Download the report (PDF) here.
"If we want to preserve biodiversity in the far reaches of the globe, places that are in many cases still occupied by indigenous people living in ways that are ecologically sustainable, history is showing us that the dumbest thing we can do is kick them out.
A short guide to the GAP Framework, a guide to implementing principles of accountability for international NGOs, including funders. Click here for details
Funding Indigenous Conservation
Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) Summer Magazine 2005 has published an article that IFIP submitted called "Funding Indigenous Conservation". To view see www.internationalfunders.org
UNITED NATIONS SECOND INTERNATIONAL DECADE OF THE WORLDS INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Deadline is January 15, 2006. Please check the Permanent Forum website for more details at
BP Conservation Program Announces Guidelines for Future Conservationist Awards.
The program aims to contribute to long-term environmental conservation and sustainable development in priority areas by encouraging and engaging potential leaders in bio-diversity conservation and providing opportunities for them to gain practical skills and experience. Deadline is Dec. 15, 2005. See for details: conservation.bp.com
A program that creates educational opportunities for women around the world who are grassroots leaders, organizers and activists demonstrating financial need.The Channel Foundation, based here in Seattle, offers scholarships for indigenous women around the world to get masters degrees in fields that benefit their communities. See their website at www.nativeleaders.org.
Echoing Green's Fellowship Program
Echoing Green is looking for the worlds best emerging social-change entrepreneurs to receive two-year fellowships. Fellows will receive up to $90,000 in seed funding, as well as health insurance and technical assistance to help them build organizations addressing root causes of problems. Leaders over the age of 18 from any nation and field are eligible to apply. Application deadline is December 1, 2005.
Find out more or make a nomination click here.
The projects presented must comprise concrete proposals for underprivileged populations to combine the conservation of their natural heritage with activities that enable sustainable development. Click here for more info.
FOR FUNDERS ONLY
US International Grantmaking Meeting
December 8, 2005
The Council on Foundations will hold a one-day meeting on US international grantmaking project (USIG) which will take place on December 8, 2005 near Chicagos OHare International Airport. While the invitation is addressed to international grantmakers, it is open to a wider group of professionals who are interested in our mission of promoting responsible and effective international grantmaking.
VI World Social Forum/ II Americas Social Forum
Forging Alliances South and North is assisting donors and others who wish to attend the VI World Social Forum/ II Americas Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan 22- 30, 2006. Services include handling registration for the Social Forum and hotel reservations, pre-trip readings and travel information, a Social Forum orientation in Caracas, an optional one-day Venezuela reality program, and other assistance. Join with other funders (both individual and institutional) and social change activists to explore this regional expression of the 2006 polycentric World Social Forum. For more information, see the flier and
Family Foundation Annual Conference
January 2 931, 2006
From Principle to Practice: Navigating Your Course
Innovation Funders Network 2006 Summit
Over the past decade, the emergence of the internet, cellular phones and other innovations in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) has brought about profound social and economic change. We are now living in a networked society. These networks provide new ways to collaborate, express ourselves politically and culturally, address social and economic issues, and build local and global communities.
OPEN TO ALL
The Pachamama Alliance Annual Rainforest Luncheon
November 16, 2005
Come find out about the groundbreaking work of The Pachamama Alliance both in the rainforest and here at home, and what you can do to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. For more information, click here: www.pachamama.org/events/index.htm
International Education Symposium
New Mexico Native American Studies is organizing this conference, which will be held on the UNM campus. Peace Studies as a co-sponsor through the Peace & Conflict class. Please contact David Lujan at email@example.com for more information.
Native Wellness Institute & Seventh Generation Fund
The Honoring Our Earth Conference is the first collaboration between the Seventh Generation Fund, an Indigenous Peoples' non-profit organization, dedicated to grassroots empowerment for the sovereignty of Native Nations and the cultural vitality of our communities with and the Native Wellness Institute, a Native American technical assistance organization focused on healing and recovery strategies for Native American peoples. For more information, call Leo or Tia at Seventh Generation Fund
NATIVA 2005: Festival of Traditional Arts of
Native artists from the Paipai, Kumiai, Cucapa and Kiliwa communities will gather in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico to take part in an interactive marketplace featuring the traditional arts of Baja California. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public, buyers and specialists to interact directly with indigenous artists.
November 23-25, 2005
Hamilton, New Zealand
This year the Annual WINHEC Meeting is also being held in Hamilton, New Zealand right before the WIPCE. The hosts are Te Wananga o Aotearoa in conjunction with WINHEC Head Office. The venue for the WINHEC meeting is the Glenview International Hotel and Conference Centre. Email Kiri Price at firstname.lastname@example.org for conference registration and details. Visit www.win-hec.org
World Indigenous Peoples Conference On Education
November 28-December 1, 2005
This world renowned gathering of Indigenous educators, researchers and students will be an opportunity for honoring all previous hui (gatherings.) It also creates an occasion for bringing interesting and innovative ideas that evoke inspiration and pride as indigenous peoples. For registration info: www.wipce2005.com.
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International Committee Seeks Nominations
The Council on Foundations seeks nominations to fill forthcoming vacant positions on its International Committee. The committee seeks members who are committed to its goals of assisting the Council in building and extending the field of international philanthropy and increasing its effectiveness. Self-nominations are welcome. Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2005. Contact Isabelle Mack with questions (202/467-0435) or complete this nomination form.
Women & Philanthropy seeks Nominations
Nominate an exceptional person from the field of philanthropy for the 10th Anniversary LEAD Award. Nominations close on December 5, 2005. For details, click here for PDF and visit www.womenphil.org
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