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This webinar will provide information on the work of Indigenous Peoples in UN bodies and within their own Nations to address the violations to their Right to Food caused by the COVID-19 crisis.  It will also highlight Indigenous Peoples’ efforts to build their food sovereignty, community health and long-term food independence based on the restoration of resilient traditional food systems and sources. 



  • 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

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