May 17, 2013

UNPO Joined Proud To Be Indigenous Week Starting Next Monday!

A Coalition of 50+ Indigenous Groups Host #Proud2BIndigenous Week during UNPFII

 First Peoples Worldwide

 New York, NY

From May 20-31st, Maasai from Africa, Yawanawa from South America, Māori from South East Asia, Lakota from North America, and Indigenous Peoples from around the world will come together in New York City for the Twelfth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). They will discuss several issues critical to indigenous peoples including health, education, culture, human rights and the implementation of The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

First Peoples Worldwide, an indigenous-led organization dedicated to the mission of promoting Indigenous economic determination and strengthening Indigenous communities, is organizing PROUD TO BE INDIGENOUS WEEK during the Permanent Forum. They will be hosting several events in New York City (click here for the schedule), but since most indigenous people will not make it to New York, First Peoples is running an online campaign to allow indigenous peoples everywhere to engage with UNPFII and each other.

Throughout the week, First Peoples will be celebrating indigenous people through stories, photos and videos on Facebook,Twitter and Youtube and sharing news from UNPFII. More importantly, First Peoples will be asking indigenous peoples to share photos and videos of themselves expressing why they are proud to be indigenous while holding a sign with the hashtag #Proud2BIndigenous and posting it to Facebook and Twitter.

To be part of #Proud2BIndigenous, sign up at

The Proud To Be Indigenous Coalition includes First Peoples WorldwideCultural SurvivalSmithsonian's National Museum of the American IndianIndian Country Today Media NetworkAmazon WatchUnited Nations Global CompactA World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity (AWISH); Action Communautaire pour la Promotion des Défavorisés Batwa (ACPROD-BATWA); Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group; Bajoh Indigenous Development Association; Bible Hill Youth Club; Borena Amara Wetatoch Mehaber (BAYA); Borneo ProjectBuffalo Nickel CommunicationsConscious Living; Council of the Maya Ancestral Authorities of the Ixil Region; ELEMENTAL;Enterprise Development & Enterprise FacilityFundación Paso a PasoGlobal HandGulu Deaf AssociationGwich'in Steering CommitteeHiga-onon Ha Migsabuwa Ta Lanao, Inc.; Il’laramatak Community ConcernsIndigenous Peoples Issues and ResourcesIndigenous WavesInternational Indian Treaty Council (IITC); Literacy Action And Development Agency (LADA)Longhouse Media; Maya Leaders Alliance, Mindanao Fish, Wildlife Degenders and Parks Association; Mengbwa: Actions Jeunes (MAJE)Native Arts CollectiveNumi Organic Tea; Organisation d'Accompagnement et d'Appui aux Pygmées (OSAPY); Organization of Indigenous Communities of Masisea (OCOIM); Peopleriver; Pikhumpongan Dlibon Subanen, Inc. (PDSI); Pueblos Indígenas Chorotega (CPICh); Pwani Leadership Council (Kenya); Pygmy People Association for a Sustainable Development; Red Alliance MediaRunaSATIIM - Sarstoon-Temash Institute for Indigenous Management; Sundarbon Adibasi Munda Sangastha (SAMS), sweetriotTankaTebtebba; Toledo Alcaldes Association; Uganda Gender Rights Foundation; Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), Urunji Child-Care Trust; and Vision Maker Media.



First Peoples Worldwide is one of the only international organizations led by Indigenous Peoples and dedicated to the mission of promoting Indigenous economic determination and strengthening Indigenous communities. Visit our main site at for more information about our grants and how to apply.


The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.



Proud To Be Indigenous is a free and open collaboration. First Peoples Worldwide does not endorse any of the participating organizations.