Show Your Indigenousness During UNPFII and Proud to Be Indigenous

Gale Courey Toensing

While Indigenous Peoples are proud to be indigenous all the time, Proud To Be Indigenous Week is especially dedicated to celebrating indigenousness.

During the Second Annual Proud To Be Indigenous Week, Indigenous Peoples around the globe will have the opportunity to celebrate themselves and their communities by sharing their stories, photos, videos and more on Facebook and Twitter on the Internet during the 13th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), May 11-17.

The Proud To Be Indigenous campaign was launched last year by First Peoples Worldwide, a nonprofit organization that focuses on funding local development projects in indigenous communities all over the world. The UNPFII is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

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The online Proud To Be Indigenous campaign invites Indigenous Peoples and supporters from around the world to raise their voices to celebrate indigenous culture in a number of ways:

--Send a Proud to Be Indigenous photo of yourself, family, friends or colleagues holding a Proud To Be Indigenous sign and post it on the campaign’s Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #Proud2BIndigenous or #P2BI and it will be retweeted. If you only have e-mail, just e-mail the photo to [email protected].

--If you or your organization is hosting an event during the UNFII, post it to the Facebook page and let the campaign promote it for you. It could be a documentary screening, book or poetry reading, live-tweet, or discussion during the #P2BI week.

--Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter (@firstpeoples) using the hashtag #P2BI or #Proud2BIndigenous. Each day the campaign will focus on a different theme:

Sunday, May 11th - Kickoff Celebration; Monday, May 12th - Share Your Music; Tuesday, May 13th - Protecting Endangered Languages; Wednesday, May 14th - Share Your Wisdom; Thursday, May 15th - Celebrating Community Radio and Indigenous Film; Friday, May 16th - Powerful Words; Saturday, May 17th - I Am Proud to be Indigenous!

--Write a guest blog post and e-mail it to [email protected].

--Make a Proud To Be Indigenous statement with your profile picture by using this handy tool to customize a #P2BI profile picture for your social media and to download great #P2BI graphics.

--Make a small donation to First Peoples Worldwide from now until May 31, TinyGive is a social media tool that allows you to make small donations just by tweeting.

--Sign up at First Peoples Worldwide for updates throughout the week.

The Proud To Be Indigenous campaign is supported by a coalition of more than 40 Indigenous and Indigenous-friendly organizations, large and small and from all over the world, among them Cultural Survival; Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Native American Rights Fund; Amazon Watch; United Nations Global Compact; and Indian Country Today Media Network.

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I'm proud to be indigenous, but I'm also proud NOT to be found on most popular social media sites.