The world is changing. And, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals 2030, will inevitably play a large role in driving that change.
In order to ensure the rights of all Indigenous Peoples are upheld, Indigenous Peoples must be central to the implementation of the SDGs and to ensure that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is upheld and integrated as the world move forward.
As the SDGs are universally implemented on a global scale, Indigenous Peoples of the world have a unique opportunity to ensure that historic injustices resulting from racism, discrimination, and inequalities will be eliminated and, most importantly, not repeated and that Indigenous culture, language and traditions continue to gain strength and recognition.
The Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN) will host a gathering space for all Indigenous Peoples attending the World Social Forum to come together in solidarity to discuss and plan how the rights of Indigenous Peoples will be recognized, respected and upheld in the context of achieving the SDGs.
About our facilitator:
Eliza “Star Child” Knockwood
Star Child Knockwood is a Mi’kmaq woman from Abegweit First Nation with a vital, creative, and powerful voice. Born in Charlottetown in 1981, she spent her childhood in various communities around the Island and Atlantic Canada. Through her myriad of experiences and roles, she has developed great skill as a speaker & facilitator, and shares her life wisdom and practical knowledge with people in an eloquent and powerful way.
Eliza is an active member of the Prince Edward Island Aboriginal Women’s Association and is former Vice President of the Island Media Arts Cooperative. She is currently co-producing and editing a film “Kesalul” on personal and collective healing not only for First Nations people, but all people. In addition, Eliza has been participant and facilitator in the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation’s (ACIC) First Voices project that brings together indigenous youth from Atlantic Canada and the Global South through the arts, and through her knowledge and passion for filmmaking. She brings her powerful visionary global perspective to all her participation and leadership on the local level.
This collaborative, interactive, skill-based workshop will be facilitated by Eliza Knock wood, a Mi’kmaq woman from Abegweit First Nation in Canada. Creative expression and discussion focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) will be woven into the workshop to ensure everyone’s voice will be heard.