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Our solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of North America(NAIPC) call for the cancellation of the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly 2014 of the UN

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Nations of Mother Earth, not just Ethnic Groups of the States

Maya Vision, Techantit Cultural Center and TONATIERRA reaffirm our common front of struggle engaged in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery and express our solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of North America(NAIPC), as we also adopt the position of theContinental Caucus of Abya Yala articulated by brother Aucan Huilcaman the Mapuche Nation [Chile] and join in the call of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus for the cancellation of the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly 2014 of the UN due to the fact that there is no possibility of legitimate representation of Indigenous Peoples.

Having reviewed and analyzed Article 18 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which reads:

“Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decision-making in matters which would affect their rights, through representatives chosen by themselves in accordance with their own procedures, as well as to maintain and develop their own indigenous decision- making institutions.”

We consider wise the decision by the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus to withdraw from the Global Coordinating Group and here reaffirm our solidarity and support. To continue with the drafting of an informal document, which does not carry the consensus of the Alta Outcome Document, and does not convey the true thoughts and feelings of representatives of Indigenous Peoples would show lack of respect for the rights established by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  The resignation of Debra Harry and Kenneth Deer as members of the Global Coordinating Group is an example to follow and a demonstration that we Indigenous Peoples are fed up with being subjugated under the colonialism of the states.

The UNGA High Level Plenary Meeting 2014 is being directed by proceedings which are inherently unequal, exclusive of a real participatory mechanism that would allow the full, equal and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples, as Peoples equal to all other peoples. We see no legitimacy in these proceedings. That Indigenous Peoples do not have full, effective and equal participation in a High Level Plenary of the member states has never been in debate, but NEVER could such a High Level Plenary beTITLED a Conference on Indigenous Peoples without a recognition of theMandate of the Indigenous Peoples for full, equal and effective participation in deliberations, in the elaboration of policies for the UN which will be adopted and institutionalized in the final UNGA resolution that will officialize the final outcome document of the UNGA HLPM 2014.  This is a crime of international travesty with global import into the future generations, and also a violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Article 8:

“Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.”

Indigenous peoples have rights to choose our representatives in our own assemblies, as well as discussing and analyzing what is suitable for our communities. To accepting the rules of the President of the General Assembly(PAG) John Ashe is to accept that we are to be deprived of our integrity as Indigenous Peoples, deprived of the right to exercise our cultural values and identity as Indigenous Peoples, with rights with all other peoples in the arena of the UN system.

We wish to point out that Article 41 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

“The organs and specialized agencies of the United Nations system and other intergovernmental organizations shall contribute to the full realization of the provisions of this Declaration through the mobilization, inter alia, of financial cooperation and technical assistance.”

Article 42 establishes means of ensuring participation of indigenous peoples on issues affecting them:

“The United Nations, its bodies, including the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and specialized agencies, including at the country level, and States shall promote respect for and full application of the provisions of this Declaration and follow up the effectiveness of this Declaration.”

Considering the above we conclude that the UN agencies should provide support to indigenous peoples and were designed to ensure the active and equitable participation of people in decisions that affect their daily lives and development of their communities, at the time that these agencies do not allow the media and promote participation of indigenous peoples in decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their communities and ensure their full participation as people with equal rights to all other peoples , in the wording of any document that brings consequences for indigenous peoples are being violated articles by UN member states and this is also a flagrant violation of the rights of indigenous peoples.

Therefore:

As Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala we work, live, and celebrate the struggle to defend our collective right of continental self-determination with the Indigenous Nations of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of North America, the Great Turtle Island, and with base communities in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador that are considered in the region of the Latin America and the Caribbean Caucus by the UN System, we ask the indigenous peoples of the world DENY CONSENT and not participate in a process that is not only in obvious disregard for our rights but also exemplifies a lack of respect for our ancestors and those who have given their lives to make the UN resolution on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples a reality.

We call upon indigenous peoples to continue this struggle in defense of our own. The right to free, prior and informed consent is our right, do not let that light of hope for future generations disappear, it is our duty not to consent to something that is not in the interests of indigenous peoples. “Our ways of life will never die.”

We appeal to all indigenous peoples to not meekly participate in a meeting where the agenda is not indigenous, and favors the interests of the states. We demand our right to participate with full, equal and effective recognition of our rights as Peoples – Equal to all other peoples, in meetings and consultations on matters that affect us whenever indigenous peoples issues are discussed.

Finally we ask of the President of the UN General Assembly Mr. John Ashe that in the performance of his duties as president he respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in particular the articles listed herein, and thus give a positive example to the member states of the UN system.

NAHUACALLI

Embassy of Indigenous Peoples

www.nahuacalli.org