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Cultural Survival's Avexnim Cojti (Maya Ki'che) spoke to Janene Yazzie about the participation of Indigenous Peoples at the UN's Climate Action Summit.
Janene Yazzie (Navajo) is Development Program Coordinator for International Indian Treaty Council and the council’s representative as co-convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group of the U.N. High-level Political Forum on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Production: Shaldon Ferris (San, South Africa)
Image: Janine Yazzie

Galina Angarova is a representative of the Buryat people, a Russian Indigenous group. Galina holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. She served on the board of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples for seven years. Please join us in welcoming Galina. She will commence her role on October 1st, 2019.
Shaldon Ferris 
Interviewee: Galina Angarova
Image: Galina Angarova
Music: Canmandalla by Yarina, used with permission.

We are living in a time of crisis. Scientists, farmers, Indigenous Peoples and even the United Nations all agree that humanity’s impact on the world’s ecosystems and natural resources has brought us to a turning point. If there is no intervention, the planet faces the mass extinction of up to 1 million plant and animal species due to pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.

La Red de Sanadoras Ancestrales del Feminismo Comunitario, Tzk’at en lengua maya quiché, nació en Guatemala en 2015. Estas mujeres mayas, que se autodenominan feministas comunitarias, participan en los procesos de recuperación emocional y espiritual de las mujeres indígenas que defienden territorios ancestrales frente las problemáticas de criminalización y judicialización y luchan por la vida en sus comunidades.

El 5 de septiembre se conmemora el Día Internacional de la Mujer Indígena, en honor a la guerrera aymara Bartolina Sisa, quien junto con su esposo “Túpac Katari” lideró parte importante de la rebelión aymara-quechua contra la explotación y abuso de los colonizadores españoles en el Alto Perú, que comenzó en 1780.

How important is it that traditional knowledge is protected, and also passed on from one generation to the next. 
How important is it that TK is passed down in the language from which that knowledge originates?
Cultural Survival’s Dev Kumar Sunuwar met Elifuraha Laltaika, a member of the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues. 

Every year on June 26th, The International Day in Support of Victims against Torture is held, in an effort to speak out against the act of torture.

In this program we interview Martinus Fredericks and ask him about the long term consequences of torture. Mr Fredericks is from Namibia, his family members in the early 1900's were victims of torture.

We interviewed him via Skype.

Thelma Cabrera Pérez es una mujer indígena, Maya Mam, originaria del departamento de Retalhuleu del país de Guatemala, descendiente de una familia campesina, defensora de derechos humanos y de pueblos Indígenas desde hace más de 25 años.

Thelma en las elecciones generales de Guatemala 2019, aspira a la presidencia, por el El Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos MLP.

The 18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on the rights of Indigenous Peoples was held from April 22nd to May 3rd 2019. The theme for this year was Traditional Knowledge: Generation, Transmission and Protection.

We got a chance to speak via Skype to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, on the meaning behind this particular theme and why it was chosen.

Lights in the Forest by Yarina.
Used with permission.

In 2018 and 2019, there has been an increase in suicides amongst Indigenous Peoples, specifically in Australia. Why is this happening at such an alarming rate? What is the cause of these deaths, especially among the youth.
Producer : Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan, South Africa)
Interviewee: Pat Dudgeon, Australia
Picture: An Indigenous Australian Man chats on his cellphone, courtesy of Cultural Survival
Music: Lights in the Forest by Yarina, used with permission.

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