Happy International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples!

I am thrilled to share some really exciting news with you today!  I was asked a few weeks ago by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to moderate an interactive panel discussion taking place this afternoon called “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices” in commemoration of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

The program will take place at the United Nations HQ in New York City and begins at 2:30pm ET and concludes at 6:00pm.  I will begin moderating at around 3:40pm (after the Secretary General gives his opening remarks). 

At around 3:35pm, after brief remarks from Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary General), Wu Hongo (Under Secretary General/DESA) and Grand Chief Ed John (Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues), I will lead the interactive panel discussion.

If I said I’m not nervous, I would be lying!  The program will be broadcasted LIVE on UNTV and on the web.  (I heard UN Radio might broadcast it, too, but I am not positive on this.)  My mantra for today is: “I can do this…I can do this!”  (Because, you know what, I can!…and will.  I have no choice at this point. lol)

If you would like to watch the dialogue LIVE, you can watch it here: http://webtv.un.org/ or in the viewer below:

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If you have any comments or would like to ask a question, please tweet using #UNIndigenousDay.  If there is time, we will address your comment/question during our Q&A at the end.

Below is a program for the day:

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 9 August 2012*

2:30pm – 6:00pm, ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ

“Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices” Programme of Activities

(2:30pm) Screening of “Voices through time” by Chirapaq (Peru)

********* (3:00pm) Traditional welcome by the Chairperson of the NGO Committee on the International Decade

of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Roberto Múcaro Borrero (Taíno, Puerto Rico) Message of the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Remarks of the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Coordinator of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Wu Hongbo

Remarks of the Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Grand Chief Edward John (Tl’azt’en, Canada)




Kenneth Deer (Mohawk, Canada), The Eastern Door

Lily Valtchanova, Cultural Affairs Officer, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Nils Johan Heatta (Sápmi, Norway), Chairman, World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network

Professor J. Kehaulani Kauanui (Kanaka Maoli, Hawaii), Center for the Americas, Wesleyan University

Angel Tibán Guala (Kichwa, Ecuador), Director, TV MICC

Discussants: Monika Ille – Director of Programming, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canada

Keoni Lee – General Manager, ‘Ōiwi TV, Hawai’I Emil Her Many Horses (Ogala Lakota, United States), National Museum of the American Indian,

« Our voices on the Air : Reaching new audiences through indigenous radio »

Short clips and videos will be screened between the presentations:

Komi Television, Russian Federation TV MICC, Ecuador Mr. Atama Katama, Malaysia

A question and answer session will follow.

Closing remarks by Roberto Múcaro Borrero (Taíno, Puerto Rico), Chairperson of the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Moderated by Amy Stretten (Chickahominy, United States), Founder/Editor, NativeRemix.com

Organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues DSPD/DESA, the United Nations Department of Public Information and the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

(Programme subject to change)

On Twitter, use #UNIndigenousDay for regular updates and for sending your questions to panel members

*The International Day of the World’ s Indigenous Peoples is officially commemorated on 9 August annually in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982.


Also, I had an interview with a radio program in Slovenia this morning and earlier this week did an interview with the UN Press office.  I am really excited to know that Indigenous issues and the topic of Indigenous voices in media will be buzzing around today!
Feel free to tweet me @AmyStretten with any thoughts you have during/after the discussion!

Thank you all so very much for your support!

Amy Stretten – NativeJournalist

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