It is organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in cooperation with the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples. The theme of the observance at UN Headquarters will be celebrating indigenous film making.
Those who wish to attend the observance should register by noon Friday 6
Please note that those who have not registered will not get a day pass, and
will thus not be able to attend.
Holders of valid UN grounds passes do not need to register.
The event will begin at 2 pm. Participants must enter the UN grounds through the Visitor’s Entrance on 1st. Avenue facing 45th Street. After going through the entrance, participants should go directly to the table where SPFII staff will hand out day passes to those who have registered.
Day passes will be available at the table from 1 pm until 2:15 pm. It is essential that participants bring photo ID when picking up their day passes.
The programme will include the screening of 4 amazing short films made by indigenous filmmakers and will be followed by a Q&A session with three of the directors.
The provisional programme is as follows...
2:00 – 2:45 PM Welcome Ceremony
Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Taíno, Puerto
Rico), Chairperson, NGO Committee on the International Decade of the
World’s Indigenous Peoples
Traditional welcome by Mr. Kevin Tarrent (Ho Chunk)
Message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message by Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha
Message from the Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues, Mr. Carlos Mamani (by representative of DESA)
2:45 - 3:45 PM Screening of four short movies by indigenous filmmakers
Brazil: Marangmotxingo Mïrang/From the Ikpeng Children to the World
Directed by Kumaré Txicão (Ikpeng), Karané Txicão (Ikpeng), and Natuyu
Yuwipo Txicão (Ikpeng)
Sweden: Curte-Nillas:(short) movie) Directed by Mr. Per-Josef Idivuoma (
Puerto Rico: Taino Indians counted out of existence Directed by Mr. Alex
Alaska: Sukumi - On the ice Directed by Mr. Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
3:45 - 5:00 PM Question and answer session with indigenous filmmakers
Moderator: Ms. Reaghan Tarbell, from the National Museum of the American
Film Directors: Mr. Per-Josef Idivuoma, Mr. Alex Zacarias and Mr. Andrew
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is officially commemorated annually on 9 August in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982.
Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS