participation have always come from the Indigenous peoples themselves and this is not just about consultations with NGOS [non-governmental organizations], but with Indigenous governance bodies being recognized as such in their participation. TheWorld Conference is an important opportunity in innovation and implementation of the Declaration; seeing those rights realized.
These were words spoken by James Anaya in his introductory remarks at the Open-ended IndigneousPeoples’ Brainsotrming Meeting on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014. The meeting inCopenhagen, Denmark was held on January 13-14, 2012 and sponsored by the Government of Greenland, the Sami Parliament in Norway and the International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs. Itwas the first formal meeting3 of an ad hoc group of Indigenous peoples gathered to address WCIP andespecially the preparatory process Indigenous peoples would expect for a “high-level plenarymeeting.” (Attachment 1 is the Participants List.) Mr. Anaya’s words underscore the context in whichIndigenous peoples have alway participated in the United Nations: with innovations rooted in our traditions as Indigneous peoples with the right of self-determination, with treaties, with theresponsibility to maintain stewardship over our lands and territories, and most importantly to preserveMother Earth for the generations to come. The model is, of course, the same as participation has always been within the UN with respect to Indigneous participation beginning with the Working Group onIndigenous Peoples: the full and effective participation of all Indigenous peoples, nations,organizations, parliaments, and governance bodies regardless of state recognition or any official NGOstatus within the United Nations system itself.In Copenhagen, it was agreed that the minimum standards that would be tolerated with respect to participation and outcome would be the Declaration on the Rights of Indigneous Peoples (“theDeclaration”). However, the discussion also included references to other UN documents addressing therights of Indigneous peoples including the Treaty Study, the Study on Lands and Resources and theStudy on the right to participate in decision-making, as guides in the planning and outcome of theConference.To further ensure an effective ongoing process that keeps Indigneous peoples’ representatives immersedin the preparation, participation and outcome of WCIP, concrete steps were taken in Copenhagen:
Report on Preparations by Indigneous Peoples for theWorld Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014
for the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus
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2 James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, January 13, 2012, the Open-endedIndigenous Peoples’ Brainstorming Meeting on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark,13-14 January 20123 Two informal meetings had occurred in 2011 at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City and at theExpert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva.