Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Indigenous Peoples plan OAS Summit Participation

UCTP Taino News - The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC), have initiated a meeting to discuss the upcoming 3rd Indigenous Leaders Summit of the Americas (3rd ILSA). The primary goal of the 3rd ILSA is to precede and inform the Organization of American States’ 5th Summit of the Americas to be held in Trinidad.

Indigenous leaders from the Americas will participate in this event, including women, youth and Elder leaders from across hemisphere. A secondary goal is to continue the policy dialogue initiated in the first two Indigenous Summits and move this dialogue forward to focus on implementation of the measures necessary for the previous Declarations and Plans of Actions to be fully realized.

A preliminary ILSA Planning Committee meeting is scheduled to take place February 27-28 in Ottawa, Ontario, to be preceded by a teleconference call in the very near future.

The planning committee meeting will be co-hosted by Grand Chief Edward John, AFN and President Beverley Jacobs, NWAC.

Among the confirmed participants for the planning meeting is Roberto Mukaro Borrero of the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP). Commenting on the meeting Borrero noted “as this international summit is taking place in Trinidad, this is an historic opportunity to increase the visibility of Caribbean Indigenous Peoples.”

Borrero also noted “Trinidad and Tobago is home to a recognized indigenous community and is the current Chair of the Caribbean Organization of Indigenous Peoples (COIP). It is more than appropriate for this reality to be highlighted before the international community who will be gathered at this event.”

The 5th Summit of the Americas is taking place from April 17-19, 2009 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

UCTPTN 02.25.2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Indigenous Fellowship Programmes


Indigenous Fellowship Programmes

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organises every year an Indigenous Fellowship Programme, which is an extensive training programme aimed at strengthening indigenous representatives' knowledge of the United Nations system, general Human Rights mechanisms and other mechanisms more specifically dealing with indigenous issues. This programme is exclusively for indigenous persons. It is implemented in close cooperation with University partners and other UN agencies. Trained participants are better equipped to assist their organisations and communities in using existing international instruments and mechanisms to protect their rights. This training programme is available in 4 languages: English, Spanish, French and Russian. For more information on the fellowship programme, please visit our website:

Deadlines to apply to the 2010 programmes per linguistic versions are:

- English: 30 April 2009
- Spanish: 15 July 2009
- French: to be confirmed
- Russian: 30 September 2009


Programas de Becas para Pueblos Indígenas

La Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos (ACNUDH) organiza cada año un Programa de Becas para pueblos indígenas cual finalidad es fortalecer los conocimientos de representantes indígenas sobre el systema de las Naciones Unidas, mecanismos de derechos humanos, especialmente aquellos que analizan cuestiones indígenas. Este programa se desarolla exclusivamente para representantes indígenas. Está organizado en estrecha colaboración con Universidades y otras agencias de las Naciones Unidas. Los becarios capacitados están en mejor situación para ayudar a sus organizaciones y comunidades a utilizar estos intrumentos y mecanismos para proteger sus derechos. El programa de formación existe en 4 idiomas: Inglés, Español, Francés y Ruso. Para obtener más información sobre el Programa de Becas, puede visitar nuestra página web:

Las fechas límites para mandar sus solicitudes a los Progamas de Becas 2010 son (por componente linguístico):

- Inglés: el 30 de abril de 2009
- Español: el 15 de julio de 2009
- Francés: queda por confirmar
- Ruso: el 30 de septiembre de 2009