United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 9 (UNPFII9), April 19-29th, 2010, New York

…This has been a truly momentous session of the UNPFII, beginning with the announcements during the first week by New Zealand (http://treatycouncil.org/new_page_55211221213122231311121221.htm), the United States (http://treatycouncil.org/new_page_5521122121312223131112122.htm) and Canada (http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/declaration.html), stating their intention to reverse or reconsider their positions on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We thank them for listening to the voices of Indigenous Peoples in their own countries as well those from around world. As we stated during the session, we offer our ongoing and continued commitment to work with all States as they move forward on this new path. However, we continue to be concerned about the implementation of the Declaration and the rights it affirms in all States and all regions, with a specific emphasis on African continental issues regarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples. We look forward to continued progress in this regard. With regards to the agenda for the UNPFII’s 10th session, we want to re-affirm our support for the following proposals made by a number of Indigenous Peoples’ delegations during this session, specifically recommending that the UNPFII:

  1. Organize an Expert Group Meeting in the next year on “Reproductive and Environmental Health and Justice, in particular for Indigenous women”.
  2. Organize an Expert Group Meeting as well as a Comprehensive Study on the Doctrine of Discovery.
  3. Propose that Water be the theme for the 10th session in 2011 as a cross-cutting issue addressing all six of the UNPFII mandated areas, including the cultural right to water and the long term and cumulative impacts of hydroelectric dams and diversions. We also recommend that the Permanent Forum conduct a study on this issue.
  4. Organize an International Round Table or EGM on Truth and Reconciliation Commissions to continue discussing the impacts of residential schools and other child removal policies, as well as the work of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in various parts of the world.

We take this opportunity to thank the outgoing members of the Permanent Forum as well as the Chief of the Permanent Forum Secretariat Elsa Stamatopoulou for their long years of dedicated work on behalf of the rights, dignity and survival of the world's Indigenous Peoples. Finally, we welcome the new members of the Permanent Forum and look forward to our work together at the next session of the Permanent Forum (http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/index.html).  IITC Joins with other Indigenous Peoples organizations to present key issues To see the complete list of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 9th Session Interventions. Go to: http://treatycouncil.org/section_211211212111111214.htm.