Greetings to our Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters,
I am sending you warm greetings from Katowice, Poland. I am here with Indigenous Peoples and representatives of countries from around the world at the UN Climate Change talks (COP 24) to address the critical situations we are all facing in our homelands. The UN recently reported that greenhouse gas emissions actually increased last year, further threatening ways of life and survival of Indigenous Peoples around the world. As one youth from Northern Canada stated here this week “I fear for my future. I fear for my community”.
IITC is participating in this critical UN session to ensure that the concerns of our youth, as well as the time-tested solutions proposed by Indigenous traditional knowledge-holders, are included in these discussions and outcomes. In this way, IITC is continuing our long-standing commitment to carry the voices of Indigenous grass-roots Peoples to international discussions that will affect our lives, now and in the future.
I would like to thank everyone who has supported IITC over this year for their kindness and generosity. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute this year, or even if you have already given, I am asking you to please take a moment to make a gift with a long-lasting impact by supporting our ongoing journey to a sustainable future.
In a very exciting development this year, after 44 years of advocacy for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, IITC was able to purchase a building for a permanent home in Tucson, Arizona. Your year-end contribution will help us to sustain this historic step forward and to carry out our vital work to defend human rights, traditional cultures, food sovereignty, and environmental health in our home communities and around the world. This includes our ongoing commitment to build the leadership and active participation of Indigenous youth.
We invite you to partner with us in these efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to IITC. You can mail a check to IITC’s San Francisco Office, 2940 16th St. Suite 305, San Francisco, CA, 94103, or make a secure online contribution by using the “Donate” button at http://www.iitc.org/support-our-work/. All contributions, large or small, are greatly appreciated.
Please share this appeal with your friends, family, and colleagues who may want to join you in supporting the work of Indigenous Peoples to make a better world for all our future generations. We also invite you to stay informed and engaged in our work by subscribing to “IITC e-news” via our web page, connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and by participating in our events and gatherings throughout the year.
On behalf of the IITC, I thank you for your support and friendship and wish you the best for the coming year.
Executive Director, IITC