IFIP March Enewsletter
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                                                                                                               March 2014
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Message from the Director
Dear IFIP Friends,
 
This month, we held two successful meetings at our first Regional Meeting in New York City. The main goal was to start to build momentum for our upcoming World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy, IFIP’s biggest event, which will take place in NYC September 24-26, 2014.
 
 
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Three Indigenous speakers joined us from three continents – Previous Goldman Prize Winner, Fatima Jibrell (Somalia), Valentina Dimitrieva (Russia), and Pablo Mis (Belize). They took the audience on a trip from the plateaus and plains of Somalia, to the tundra and arctic climate of Russia, circling back to the warm highlands and coasts of Belize. They shared their experiences and observations on how changes in weather patterns already impact the livelihoods of their communities. They discussed some of the mitigation and adaptation strategies undertaken back home. As Fatima said, climate change and food security is “our collective problem, we need to act together, if something happens in one part of the world, other countries are affected too.” You can read a full summary of our Regional Meeting and see the evaluation reports.

IFIP then held our Summit Planning Committee meeting and we are happy to announce our Call for Session proposals is now open. The theme this year is “Weaving a New Path in Indigenous Philanthropy: Challenges and Opportunities in Changing Times” and tracks include:

Track 1: Alternative Models for Social and Environmental Change
Track 2: Self-determination: Using a Rights Based Approach to Land and Human Rights
Track 3: Intergenerational and Culture

This year, in addition to the three tracks at the Summit, there will also be a separate half day focused on Resource Mobilization Hub for Indigenous Women's Rights and Organizing.

The deadline for session proposals is April 18, 2014 and details and criteria can be found here.

We are building momentum towards a new paradigm of Indigenous philanthropy and we hope you can support our efforts. Whatever amount you give will ripple into the Indigenous and philanthropic worlds, and ultimately your own. You can quickly give a tax-deductible donation by clicking here.

Thank you for supporting this unique global network for Indigenous communities. 

For our Mother Earth,

Evelyn Arce
IFIP Executive Director
 
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IFIP News
On February 25, IFIP joined Swift Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Global Greengrants Fund in presenting a briefing on the role of technical professional independent scientific analysis in assisting and informing Indigenous communities to strengthen free prior informed consent (FPIC) when facing extractive industries. You can read more about the briefing here.

The Kogi of Colombia: An Urgent Call from Guardians of the Heart of the World, an article about the Kogi people by IFIP Executive Director, Evelyn Arce, and Amazon Watch Executive Director, Atossa Soltani, for Cultural Survival Quarterly.

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IFIP Member News
Swift Foundation provides a list of resources that may be helpful to organizations. 

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Indigenous News
Filipina Activist Named UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
Filipino indigenous leader and activist, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has been named Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples by the United Nations and is now in a position to assess the condition of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples worldwide.

Panama: Indigenous Peoples on Alert as Police Move into Tabasará Region
The Indigenous Ngäbe community of Kiad fears violent reprisals in the coming hours as the infamous Honduran-owned energy corporation, Genisa, may be finally seeking to evict them from their home on banks of the Tabasará river.

Forest Peoples at Risk from 'Carbon Grab'
A new 'carbon grab' is under way as governments and corporations seize valuable rights to the carbon stored in standing forests, with UN and World Bank support. But there's no benefit for forest communities - who even risk expulsion to make way for 'carbon plantations…

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Opportunities
Buckminster Fuller Institute 2014 Fuller Challenge Call for Proposals
Deadline: April 11, 2014
BFI invites scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.

UN Permanent Forum Pre-Registration Open
Deadline - New Organizations: April 15, 2014
Deadline - Organizations Previously Participated: April 30, 2014
In keeping with the resolution 2000/22, indigenous peoples’ organizations (IPOs) and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with ECOSOC may be accredited to attend sessions of the Permanent Forum as observers. Academic institutions may also be permitted to attend. The Permanent Forum has also agreed that indigenous parliamentarians and national human rights institutions may be invited to attend.

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Employment
Cultural Conservancy: Video Editor (part-time) – San Francisco, CA
The Cultural Conservancy is seeking an experienced video editor with deep connection to Native communities and a passion for collaborating in a team. Work will take place in a studio in North Oakland, with equipment provided, working primarily in Adobe Premiere.

Ford Foundation: Director, Democratic Participation and Governance – New York, NY
The Ford Foundation seeks a Director of the Democratic Participation and Governance unit to manage the Foundation’s activities and oversee the programming on increasing civic and political participation, promoting electoral reform and democratic participation, and fostering transparent, responsive and accountable governance systems.

Resource Generation: Family Philanthropy Organizer – San Francisco, CA or New York, NY
The role of the RG Family Philanthropy Organizer is to build the community, network, and cohesion of young people who engage in family philanthropy to transform their own family funds - and through the leverage point of family foundations - move the broader field of philanthropy towards more socially just practices and principles.

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Events
Sustainatopia: Sustainable Strategies Conference 2014
April 16-18, 2014
Miami, FL


Survival International
Speaker Series with Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami Shaman
April 24, 28, 30, 2014
San Francisco & Berkeley, CA

EDGE Funders Alliance: 14th Annual Just Giving Conference 
“Towards an Ecological and Socially Just Transition to the Next Economy”
April 29 – May 1, 2014
Berkeley, CA

IHRFG New York Conference
July 15 - 16, 2014
New York, NY
 


Publications

Surrendering Our Future

Surrendering Our Future, a report by the Oakland Institute.   
 

Status of Forest Carbon Rights

Status of Forest Carbon Rights and Implications for Communities, the Carbon Trade, and REDD+ Investments, a research brief by The Rights and Resources Initiative. 


Join IFIP!
IFIP welcomes individual donors or institutions concerned about the livelihood, culture, and well-being of Indigenous Peoples and their communities. Become a member or affiliate today 


 
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