Thursday, October 18, 2007

Treaty Council presents human rights training during Border Summit

Human Rights Training

Using the United Nations to hold the US accountable for Racism towards Indigenous Peoples & Strategies for Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

You are invited!
The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) will conduct a workshop focusing on holding the United States' accountable to its legally binding obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

The US will be examined by the CERD Committee in March of 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. This workshop will provide information as to how Indigenous Nations, tribes and organizations can use this historic opportunity to inform the CERD Committee on the true state of racial discrimination in this county and how it affects Indian Nations, Peoples and communities. This information will be very important to help the UN CERD experts get a more accurate picture of racial discrimination in the US and hold the US accountable to their obligations under international human rights law.

An additional focus will be on strategies to defend our human rights, border rights, and protecting our sacred sites and traditional land rights using the newly-adopted UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from the local to the international levels.

PRESENTERS: Bill Means (Introduction & MC); Andrea Carmen (IITC Executive Director); Ron Lameman (Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations), Francisco Cali (CERD Member, IITC Board President)

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the Indigenous Peoples’ Border Summit of the Americas II” from November 7-10, 2007 which will be held at the San Xavier Community Center, 2018 W. San Xavier Rd, Tohono O’odham Nation. For more information on the Indigenous Peoples’ Border Summit.

Contact Kim Garcia at (520) 573-4000 or by e-mail at or Mike Flores, (520) 235-2406, email: or

Working for the Rights and Recognition of Indigenous Peoples

Updated agenda and speakers

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