The GEO Indigenous Alliance: Towards more inclusive humanitarian action - side event at HNPW 2021

Blog / April 15, 2021

On April 20 from 16h45-18h15 CET, the GEO Indigenous Alliance will lead a side event at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW). This will outline how to support more inclusive humanitarian action that takes into account Indigenous peoples' rights and knowledge systems.

Indigenous peoples have invaluable knowledge and expertise that is often overlooked when preparing for and responding to humanitarian challenges. Earth observation data and tools, when co-created with and for Indigenous peoples, can promote a "people-centered" and Indigenous knowledge-driven humanitarian response.

In this session, Indigenous speakers from around the world will highlight the obstacles and challenges faced by Indigenous peoples in humanitarian responses, focusing on the following key themes:

Inclusion as impartiality: the need for disaggregated data for inclusive humanitarian responses.

Inclusion as equitable access: the need to close the digital divide to ensure that all indigenous communities have access to critical Earth observation data.

Inclusion as participation: how Earth observation data and tools can ensure that Indigenous communities have equitable access by enabling them to participate in humanitarian action with evidence-based data.

The session will identify actionable recommendations to move towards more inclusive humanitarian action.

To register please click here.

Draft agenda:

Moderator: James Rattling Leaf Sr.

  • Welcome Remarks, James Rattling Leaf Sr.
  • Opening prayer, Phil Two Eagle (tbc)
  • Intro to the session Diana Mastracci

Key notes:

  • Anders Oskal, Secretary General at the Association of World Reindeer Herders, Executive Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in Guovdageaidnu/ Kautokeino, Norway.
  • Annita Lucchesi, Founding Executive Director, Sovereign Bodies Institute. PhD Student, University of Arizona.Charting a Path to Justice and Healing: Mapping MMIWG2 & Indigenous Survivor-Led Research
  • Mario Vargas Shakaim, Co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance, Technical officer of “All Eyes on the Amazon” COICA. Stories of technology and inclusion from the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Titus Letaapo, Co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance, Managing Director Sarara Foundation.Inclusion as equitable access insights from the Samburu tribe, Kenya
  • Stephanie Caroll, Chair of Global Indigenous Alliance & Maui Hudson, Associate Professor and Director, Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato. Indigenous Data Sovereignty & the CARE principles towards more inclusive humanitarian action

Open Discussion

  • Closing prayers, Samburu Elder



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