Indigenous Peoples' Statement at UNFSS

Declaración de los pueblos indígenas en UNFSS

I am delighted that this Statement represents the views from all 7 socio-cultural regions of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Peoples’ food systems are the basis of our identities, well-being, livelihoods, and survival.

Our resiliency is based on the health of our ecosystems and full recognition of our rights to land and water. We are sustained by our traditional ways of knowing and inter-generational knowledge systems, cultures and spiritually.

To ensure the resiliency of our Indigenous Food Systems in a changing climate, we require recognition of our rights to our lands, waters, and forests.

We, as Indigenous Youth, commit to strengthen our participation in all aspects of our Food Systems to ensure sustainability and resiliency.

 We call upon States and the UN System to commit to respect, uphold, and fully implement the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples required for the resilience of our food systems, including, Free Prior and Informed Consent, and self-determination.

In this regard, we are very pleased with the emerging Indigenous Peoples’ food systems coalition that aims to ensure understanding, respect, recognition, inclusion, and protection of Indigenous Peoples’ food systems, even after the UN Food Systems Summit. (18 seconds)

We appreciate the support from Member States, notably from Canada, Dominican Republic, Finland, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway and Spain, and other strategic partners including the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, The Global Hub on Indigenous Peoples’ food systems, FAO, IFAD, and WFP.

Delivered by Name Title Indigenous People/Nation
Dr. Myrna Cunnigham
Former Chair of UNPFII Chair of FILAC
Miskitu Indigenous People
Tunda Margaret Lepore
Narropil community Africa Youth representation at
Maasai, Kenya
Chris Honahnie
Youth Farmer
Hopi and Diné
Aminata Diallo
Pastoralist Youth, Student at The African Leadership University, member of Association Tinhinan
Kel Tamasheq (Tuareg) and Peul (Fulani), Mali, Africa
Samantha Harrison
Registered Nurse, Emerging Leader for the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Master’s of One Health from UAF
Enrolled Member of the Native Village of Kotzebue, Inupiaq
Viviana Suárez Miranda
Consejera de Planes de Vida y Desarrollo Propio de la Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia -ONIC-
Indígena Muisca, Colombia.
Mai Thin Yu Mon
Asia Focal Point, Global Indigenous Youth Caucus Food Systems Champion; Youth Vice-Chair, AT 4
Chin People from Myanmar