Preparing for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Indian Country Today Media Network, 26 March 2013

NEW YORK, USA: The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held on 22-23 September 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York, and will consist of two days of plenary sessions and informal roundtable and panel discussions with whatever state governments are participating; any actual participation of indigenous peoples themselves will be at the invitation of states. A total of 200 indigenous participants from seven global regions will be invited. To prepare for the Conference, each of the seven regions are holding preparatory meetings to develop agendas which will then be shared at one meeting of all the regions in Alta, Norway in June 2013. The North American region, consisting of Canada and the United States, held its preparatory conference (called the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus, or NAIPC) from 1-3 March 2013, hosted by the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians in Southern California.  The bulk of the time was spent in Caucus among the hundred or so participants hammering out agenda items, choosing representatives for the Global Coordinating Committee (essentially the leadership of the seven regions) and determining delegates for the Norway meeting. Read the article …