Presentation: Indigenous Women, Human Rights and Environmental Toxics:  Amplifying Our Voices in the World Arena

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In preparation for the upcoming 8th Conference of the Parties of the UN Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

TODAY: Monday, April 17  11 am (Alaska time), 12 noon (Pacific time), 1 pm (Mountain time), 2 pm (Central time), 3 pm (Eastern time)

To download the slides for today’s presentation, please click on the presenters’ names:

  • Pam Miller, Executive Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics
  • Vi Waghiyi, St. Lawrence Island Yupik of the Native Village of Savoonga, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics; and
  • Danika Littlechild, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Canada, Legal Counsel, IITC
  • Rochelle Diver, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, San Francisco Office Director, IITC

From April 24 – May 5, 2017, Indigenous women from Alaska, Russia, the United States and Caribbean will travel to Geneva Switzerland to participate in the 8th Conference of the Parties of the UN Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).   On this webinar we will share information about the impacts of POPs on Indigenous Peoples’ reproductive health and traditional foods, including those that will be considered for global elimination at COP8.   Please join us to learn about this important international process and to share information about how these toxic chemicals are affecting our communities.

 Presentation and discussion topics:   

  • The Stockholm Convention: what is it, why Indigenous Peoples got involved, and what we have achieved so far
  • Work on adding new chemicals to the international banned list, and an overview of the 3 highly toxic chemicals we are hoping to see banned at the April-May 2017 session
  • How POPs affect Indigenous women’s and children’s  health  in the Arctic and other regions; ongoing work to halt the US production and export of banned pesticides
  • A rights-based approach affirming the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other international human rights standards

Please RSVP to this teleconference and find out how to join by contacting Rochelle Diver at [email protected](415) 641-4482 or Pam Miller at [email protected](907) 222-7714 NOT LATER THAN 30 minutes before the call. Thank you.

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