UNPFIIUnited Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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The results of the efforts of the UNPFII, WGIP and others and the reverberating impacts of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is to undo the erasure of Indigenous peoples and to inaugurate processes of self-determination in all arenas.
My experience at the UNPFII was interesting because these "suits" were a distinct minority, overshadowed by a diverse assortment of Indigenous people wearing colourful traditional regalia with beaming pride.
So if indigenous peoples are not only happy to participate, but are taking an active interest in the Genographic Project, why has the UNPFII recommended that it should be suspended?
Shortly before the Fifth Session of the UNPFII, the Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism (IPCB) handed a petition to the NGS that contained the names of 868 indigenous peoples, indigenous rights activists and other supporters calling for an end to the Genographic Project.
Nuku was forced to abandon her planned oral address after the UNPFII postponed indigenous groups with no prior warning, due to time restrictions and an unpredictable schedule.