6/02/2005

Side Event: Indigenous Connectivity "WSIS International Indigenous Steering Committee"

Indigenous Connectivity Side Event held in New York at United Nations Headquarters during the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The event took place on Thursday, May 19, 2005 in Room 9 from 1:15 - 2:45pm with approximately 60 – 65 participants.

Excerpt from Summary issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada:

Best Practices, Challenges and the Path Forward (Members, IISC)

Roberto Borrero, Chairman, United Confederation of Taino People

Roberto Borrero, Chairman, United Confederation of Taino People begins by indicating he appreciates efforts of the Government of Canada in this work. Introduces himself as a representative of the United Confederation of Taino People (La Confederacion Unida del Pueblo Taino).

The ICT revolution has helped the Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean by raising their visibility. This is especially important as many school textbooks do not even acknowledge they continue to exist. ICTs have helped Caribbean Indigenous Peoples connect communities between various islands through computers, videos, and periodicals.

References international border issues in Caribbean Indigenous communities. For example, the Taino people of Puerto Rico cannot interact freely with the Taino people of Cuba. Agrees the IISC has a tough job ahead, and has enjoyed the dialogue to date through virtual meetings.

Reports that IISC Pacific Region representative, Teanau Tuiono, made a presentation hosted by UNESCO and The National Library of New Zealand in relation to Indigenous connectivity and the work of the IISC on May 11, 2005.

Stresses the importance of collaboration between the IISC and the Permanent Forum. Recommends that the IISC liaise more closely with the United Nations Inter-Agency Support Group.

Also recommends that IISC consider obtaining support from the Global Compact of the Secretary-General, a voluntary international corporate citizenship network initiated to support the participation of both the private sector and other social actors to advance responsible corporate citizenship and universal social and environmental principles to meet the challenges of globalization.

Full Summary by INAC:
http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/nr/spch/unp/05/fis/ind_e.html

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