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Dear IFIP Friends,
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) invites you to register today for our Tenth Annual Conference from May 25 to May 27, 2011. On-line registration is activated and the early bird rate extended until April 15, save $50 click here http://www.regonline.com/oneida
This year’s theme Indigenous Peoples and Philanthropy: Strengthening Alliances for the Next Seven Generations will run through three tracks:
*Indigenous Knowledge and Technology: Bridging Science and Tradition
*Resilience: Climate change, Resource management and Indigenous Practices for Sustainability
*UNDRIP and Indigenous Movements. See attached full agenda.
Strategically timed to coincide with the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues, the IFIP conference presents a rare confluence of international Indigenous leaders with major donors. Both will offer their insight and experience on viable, effective partnerships.
Blog from IFIP’s Conference- join the conversation!
April 1-2, 2011:
|Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference, Seattle (IFIP will have a session )|
April 10-12, 2011:
|Council on Foundations, Philadelphia (IFIP will have a session)|
May 25-27 2011:
|IFIPís Tenth Annual Conference, The Oneida Nation, Turning Stone Resort|
Download the IFIP Survey and Conference Feedback Report
IFIP’s Asia/Pacific Indigenous Peoples and Funders Summit held in Lombok, Indonesia March 27-29, 2011.
Donors meeting in Bali:
Coming together is critical for understanding and creating concrete partnerships with indigenous peoples across Asia and the Pacific. While the issues are complex, groups across the region have practical experience and success on which to build.
IN TOFINO, BC
QUOTES from previous conference attendees
of the 7th Annual International IFIP conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico:
“This has been an extremely powerful experience for everyone here....This is not an ordinary conference. This is a very special gathering of people who care deeply. Even though we come here representing donors, non-profit organizations, indigenous and non-indigenous peoples; we share our passions and concerns for the future of Indigenous peoples and the future of the planet. ... People really bring the intent of listening to each other and through that we all have the opportunity to expand our visions, and to discover ways we can work together. So, I found it very inspiring.”
Jessica Brown, New England Biolabs Foundation
“I’ve watched IFIP grow. There are two changes that come to me that I find so valuable. The first one is the camaraderie we develop between donors and funders, and community organizers, leaders, and non-profits....The information issues and the work that’s discussed at this gathering is something you just don’t find anywhere else. ... What I seek at IFIP gatherings is the sharing of ideas, support, feeling at a heart level that we’re all in this together.”
Susan Balbas, ED, Tierra Madre Fund
“What I try to do at Ringing Rocks is to give voice to indigenous healers. By having this moment, where I can do a presentation, bring in the shamans from the Amazon and Ecuador was just an awesome opportunity....For me there is really two aspects to this conference. There is the donor and then there are the indigenous grant seekers or indigenous peoples working at the grass roots level. What we as indigenous funders need is more personal contact with the indigenous people who are looking for resources, and just understanding in general. That was a big piece of why I’m here, to bring their voice to the table....Secondly as a funder I’m looking to both share what we’ve accomplished with our grants in the past and to seek out best practice approaches that other granters are using to streamline the approach in getting funding to indigenous folks on the ground level. Asking an indigenous person to submit their grant in English, or in pdf format, can be challenging, so creating approaches for making the process simpler, easier is more accessible for them....Because we are a foundation that has a relatively small budget, we are also seeking out partnerships so the amount of work we can do can be exponentially broader. IFIP has been an absolute gem for working with these types of approach.”
Stephen DeNorscia, Ringing Rocks Foundation
“This is big for me. Coming from Mozambique, all the way to New York City and from New York flying all the way here, it inspires me when I get to meet all these amazing people with different stories, different issues. I mean think about it, coming from that place to here – it’s incredible. You know now I understand my country even more now that I know what is happening on the other side of the world, from other people....I know my project is going to benefit; I get more sources to help my community, my people. The only communication [in my village at home] goes from one person to another person; there’s no way you can call, there’s no television, there’s no electricity, no running water, so it’s like a remote place middle of nowhere.”
Carlos Francisco Macuacua, Mozambique, Sponsored by Ocean Revolution
“I’m very thankful to IFIP for bringing everyone together to share their wisdom.”
Dana Milyak, The Amazon Conservation Team
“IFIP was amazing; the organizers have done an amazing job. I was just blown away at the generosity of the people from all corners of the world coming together, native and non-native, and we’re all sitting at the same table. I’m so grateful, I told the Gordon Foundation, I thanked them today for having brought me to this gathering. It was so inspirational....As Native people we can understand each other, even if we have never seen each other, it’s the kind of similar struggles we have gone through. It was so good to hear the people at the IFIP conference didn’t carry a lot of garbage; they were beyond that. They were there for a common goal, to reach a solution, to look forward. I was just blown at the wonderful people, the skill IFIP had in selecting representation from the whole globe, but also selecting the right people to attend. It was just wonderful.”
Aaju Peter, Iqaluit, Alaska
“The whole world is here.”
Sharon Brown, Sacred Fire Foundation
"It was a great honor to share the wisdom of my ancestors with all of you. While sharing our knowledge we were weaving the wisdom from our different cultures with honor and respect. This noble cause is to give hope to future generations whose cultural identities are deteriorating. May we discover and learn from the nectar of our ancestors from whom we all originated....Let us make a human bridge in the world to protect our Goddess NUNKUI (our Universe) that is being destroyed without consideration. We hope to live for centuries in a healthy environment. Let us unite our voices and call to the spirits of our ancestors so that they may feed our minds. Wearing a smile and holding our hearts in our hands, we need to reconstruct this generation that is in darkness, because tomorrow it will be too late....Evelyn, in the center with constructive ideology, created wings for us all to fly together in the human space and universal survival. I am very thankful for the advice, attention and hospitality that I received from the people of IFIP....Once again I would like to say thank you to those I met at this amazing IFIP conference. Through my ancestors I ask ARUTAM (Holy Spirit) that our noble causes will always be protected. The Sacred Plant NATEM from the Shuar culture sings to the four winds: PEACE, LOVE, UNDERSTANDING, and RESPECT.
Makete (Thank you),
Your brother from the jungle
Anank Nunink Nunkai