“Making the Declaration Work for Indigenous Peoples” Lecture by Andrea Carmen
- Friday, October 13, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
- Gaines Hall, 101 - view map
“Making the Declaration Work for Indigenous Peoples”
Lecture by Andrea Carmen, Executive Director, International Treaty Council
10 Years ago, on September 13th, 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly after more than 30 years of struggle by Indigenous Peoples to have their inherent collective rights recognized in the international arena. Only 4 countries voted against its adoption, including the United States, but all 4 have since reversed their positions. This presentation will shed light on why it took so long to achieve the Declaration’s historic adoption and will highlight some of the core rights it affirms. It will share some of the key achievements in its implementation to date, as well as ongoing challenges and shortfalls. It will also present examples of how Indigenous Peoples are using the Declaration to support their struggles and to hold countries like the United States accountable to this and other international human rights commitments.
Andrea Carmen, Yaqui Nation, has been Executive Director of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) since 1992 and a staff member since 1983. The IITC, founded on the Standing Rock Reservation 1977, is an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Arctic, Caribbean and the Pacific.