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Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples in the time of COVID-19



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This webinar will feature Indigenous expert presenters from the United Nations and Indigenous Nations addressing human rights violations that are contributing to COVID-19’s impacts and how some governments are using this pandemic to carry out additional violations which further threaten our physical, spiritual and environmental health.



  • Opening remarks: Francisco Cali Tzay, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Mayan Cakchiquel, Guatemala: Urgent call for information from Indigenous Peoples on the impacts of COVID-19
  • Updates on the COVID-19 crisis:  Janene Yazzie, New Mexico Navajo-Hopi COVID Relief Effort; Taira Stanley, Kuna Youth Movement Emergency Relief project, Kuna Yala, Panama
  • Saúl Vicente Vásquez, Zapoteca, IITC Food Sovereignty Program Coordinator, member, UN Committee on Food Security, Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism, Mexico
  • Nicole Yanes, Opata, IITC Food Sovereignty Consultant and Board member, APISA (Asamblea de los Pueblos Indígenas por la Soberanía Alimentaria en México)
  • Pu’uhonua “Bumpy” Kanahele, Head of State, Nation of Hawai’i
  • Chris Honahnie, Hopi youth farmer, IITC Administrative and Programs Assistant
  • Questions from participants

Moderator, Roberto Borrero, United Confederation of Taino People

Please click on https://www.iitc.org/online-trainings-webinars/ to download the Food Sovereignty handouts for this webinar


To pre-register for the webinar via zoom, click on:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kZ3odrK9QRymROaG8_LiMw


English/Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here for information about how to use zoom’s webinar interpretation feature for those joining online   

For more information contact:  [email protected]


April 24, 2020
9:00 am – 10:00 am MST
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