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The COVID-19 pandemic has already posed a grave health threat to the world's Indigenous Peoples as they already experience poor access to essential healthcare services. Indigenous Peoples globally are seeking their own solutions to this pandemic. Indigenous Rights Radio program producer Dev Kumar Sunuwar caught up with Francisco Cali Tzay, the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples who discussed COVID-19’s impacts on Indigenous communities.

Cultural Survivals Indigenous Rights Radio got in touch with Professor Michael Yellowbird via Skype in July 2020 after hearing about how indigenous peoples in Brazil and indeed other places in the world, are struggling to come to terms with the less obvious effects of COVID-19.
Producer: Shaldon Ferris
Interviewee: Professor Michael Yellowbird
Music: Lights in the Forrest by Yarina. Used with permission.
"Burn Your Village to the Ground" by A Tribe Called Red. Used with permission.

Del pueblo nómada Nükák perviven aproximadamente 600 personas, quienes se concentran en el departamento del Guaviare.

Declarados como pueblo en riesgo de exterminio físico y cultural producto de la vulneración de sus derechos, del control territorial de grupos armados ilegales, del avance de la deforestación y de los cultivos de uso ilícito.

Because of colonisation, many Indigenous Peoples face issues of discovering who they are, in terms of identity. Sometimes, this is as a result of education or religion.
Sometimes we question our own indigeneity, and perhaps, in some cases, there are reasons for this.
Each of us has a different past, a different coming together of events, that has led to who we are, and where we come from.
Cultural Survivals Avexnim Cojti spoke to Cathy Fournier, from the University of Torronto, in Canada.

Exposure of Indian tribals to education has been a rarity. Even after education, the caste-ridden mainstream system has continued to question tribal identities and push them to the far end of the social periphery.

A falta de suficiente información sobre la situación de los pueblos Indígenas en Nicaragua en marco al Covid19; vía telefónica conversamos con la Líner Indígena Miskitu, y defensora de Derechos Humanos Lotty Cunningham. Ella es fundadora de la organización CEJUDHCAN, que promueve y protege los Derechos Humanos colectivos e individuales de los Pueblos Indígenas en la Costa Caribe Norte de Nicaragua.

El Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas. ECMIA, presenta un Informe que recoge las vulneraciones a los derechos de las mujeres indígenas, las iniciativas desarrolladas por ellas mismas para hacer frente a la pandemia y las recomendaciones elevadas a los Estados de las Américas para asegurar la salud y bienestar de los Pueblos Indígenas. En esta entrevista realizada a la Líder Indígena Tarcila Rivera, conversamos sobre el infome y reflexionamos sobre los procesos resilientes de los Pueblos Indígenas ante la Pandemia Covid19. 

Kera Sherwood-O’Regan (Māori) is from Te Waipounamu, the South Island of Aotearoa (New Zealand). She is the communications and engagement director at Activate Agency, a social impact creative agency that she co-runs with her partner. She works with nonprofits, community organizations, and activists, helping to center voices and stories of structurally oppressed Peoples for social change. Her work focuses on bridging Indigenous Peoples’ rights, the rights of people with disabilities, and climate change and health.

"Within each body is an archaeological site that holds the details and wisdom of our extraordinary life story, composed of generational, spiritual, and personal experiences. Historical amnesia locks these stories in the body, manifesting as pain, disease, addictions, emotional patterns, and repetitive circumstances. Somatically excavating your personal legend unearths memories of the past that can be reconciled and healed in order to create a new myth-for your body and for your Earth."
The above quote describes a book, My Body, My earth, by Dr. Ruby Gibson.

Entrevistamos al director de Radio Boruca y líder Indígena del pueblo Brunca en Costa Rica sobre la situación de su pueblo en tiempos de Covid19. Escuchemos qué ha significado para este pueblo la radio comunitaria y la denuncia de este pueblo ante la falta de una adecuada respuesta por parte de las autoridades costarricenses. Usamos un formato noticioso que te permitirá poder introducir esta entrevista en cualquier momento de tu barra programática. 

 

Productora: Teresita Orozco, Cultural Survival, Nicaragua

Entrevistado: Carlos Moralez, Radio Boruca, Costa Rica

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