First Peoples Worldwide to Weigh in on “The Doctrine of Discovery”

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First Peoples Worldwide to Weigh in on “The Doctrine of Discovery”

UN Session on Indigenous Issues Will Tackle Food Sovereignty and the Right to Redress

First Peoples Worldwide Founder and President Rebecca Adamson will co-host a workshop at the upcoming eleventh annual session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The Forum will run from May 7 through 18 at the UN Headquarters in New York City; the workshop will take place on May 16 at 1:15pm-2:30 pm in the North Lawn Building, Conference room 1.

Held in coordination with the Centro para la Autonomia y Desarollo de los Pueblos Indigenas (CADPI), the workshop is titled, “Implementing Corporate Responsibility and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent”. Since 2007, as a result of heightened attention being paid to Indigenous issues worldwide, corporate boardrooms have increasingly taken notice of Indigenous Peoples’ demands for recognition of their rights and values. It is critical to set industry and international standards for corporations and investment bodies to uphold, respect, and implement the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The UNPFII is one of the leading international bodies advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The upcoming UNPFII session, and particularly the corporate social responsibility workshop, will mark a major step in the ongoing collaboration between corporations and Indigenous Peoples.

“First Peoples is thrilled to be coordinating a workshop on such a critical and pressing issue. This session is a great opportunity to learn from, and share with, Indigenous communities and socially responsible corporations around the world,” says Rebecca Adamson, founder of First Peoples Worldwide.

The Forum’s special theme is “The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests.” The agenda will also include a half-day discussion on the rights of indigenous peoples to food and food sovereignty; a half-day discussion on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, scheduled for 2014; and a half-day discussion on Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation, Central Asia, and Transcaucasia.

WHO: Rebecca Adamson, First Peoples Worldwide, and experts from International Indian Treaty Council and Trillium Asset Management.

WHAT: “Implementing Corporate Responsibility and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent”

WHERE: UN Headquarters, 3 United Nations Plaza, North Lawn Building, Conference room 1, New York, NY.

WHEN: May 16th, 2012, 1:15 PM- 2:30 PM

For more information about the session, please contact Katie Cheney, First Peoples Worldwide Communications Assistant, at [email protected]

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