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Indigenous Peoples during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The tenth edition focuses on the rights of indigenous peoples who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, exposing them to threats on their health and well-being, and jeopardizing the security of their habitats and environments. The systemic failures of our societies to provide them with adequate protection are even more compounded by the gaps in communication with public institutions on health-related directives in certain communities. In order to address these biases, it is essential to include indigenous peoples in decision-making processes at both local and national levels to share their voices and leadership. This webinar will discuss the impacts of the crisis on indigenous peoples, and the importance of crafting context-specific local responses that will protect their fundamental human rights.

Speakers include:

– Mayor Pierre Corbeil, (Mayor Val d’Or, Canada)
– Francisco Calí Tzay, (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)
– Irma Pineda Santiago, (Representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues)
– Susanna Lörstrand Unga, (Sami Reindeer herder)


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