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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

FPW's Fall Newsletter

FPW's Fall Newsletter - The Indigenous Rights Risk Report, a new project funded by American Express, the end of the 2014 grants cycle, and more!

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We challenge YOU to add an Indigenous dish to your holidays - learn how to join the challenge here.

 

A recent study from FPW found that only 6% of publicly-held US oil, gas and mining companies utilize adequate risk management tools when working with communities, making people in rural areas increasingly vulnerable to extractive projects' negative social and environmental impacts, and exposing shareholders to financial loss. Read more here.

 

 

Look out for Rebecca Adamson's TEDMED talk in January 2015!

First Peoples Worldwide Fall Newsletter

We can't wait to share what we've been up to this fall...

The Final Indigenous Rights Risk Report
FPW released the Final Indigenous Rights Risk Report on November 10. The Report analyzes 52 U.S. oil, gas, and mining companies with projects operating on or near Indigenous territories around the globe, impacting some 150 Indigenous communities. Not only did FPW find that most of the U.S. extractive companies analyzed are poorly positioned to manage the risks they face when working on Indigenous lands, but that poor governance and negligible policies for Indigenous peoples in host countries is bad for business. Nearly 60% of all projects operating in high-risk countries were rated as high risks themselves. You can read the full report here.

Indigenous Leaders Day, October 13
In lieu of Columbus Day this year, First Peoples Worldwide celebrated Indigenous Leaders Day on October 13, by honoring several Indigenous leaders nominated by our followers! Visit our blog to read their stories. 

2014 Grant Cycle Comes to a Close
As the 2014 granting cycle came to a close on October 31, we wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of the Indigenous organizations that applied to our Keepers of the Earth Fund this year! We received applications from 65 countries, and are happy to announce our first grants to Algeria and Venezuela. So far this year, FPW has awarded 22 grants to Indigenous communities in 14 countries, totaling $130,285! FPW will approve another $100,000 of grants to Indigenous projects by the end of the year.

American Express Funds Indigenous Leaders Regional Network Program
We are so excited to announce that American Express will fund our new Indigenous Leaders Regional Network Program! The Program will consist of of four leadership workshops held throughout the Americas, in Mexico, Argentina, and Canada. More information coming soon!

 

Grantee Highlight: the Seminole Sovereignty Protection Initiative built a traditional Seminole Chickee at the International Indian Treaty Council's 40th Anniversary Conference. The Chickee served as a meeting place throughout the conference, shared Seminole traditions with visitors, and inspired people to continue working to protect Indigenous values in their own communities. 

 

FPW's Founder and President Rebecca Adamson was celebrated by the World Watch Institute as one of their 25 Amazing Women, featured in September 2014. Here's an excerpt: "Adamson's work established a new field of culturally appropriate, value-driven development which created: the first reservation-based micro-enterprise loan fund in the United States; the first tribal investment model; a national movement for reservation land reform; and legislation that established new standards of accountability regarding federal trust responsibility for Native Americans."

 

Welcome to the new communications manager, Katie Cheney!
In October, we were sad to say goodbye to
 Britnae Purdy, who worked with FPW 2012-2014. Britnae will graduate from grad school in December and move to North Carolina - we can't wait to see where she goes!
Katie Cheney worked with First Peoples in 2011-2012, and has recently returned as our new communications manager. Katie is also pursuing a master's degree in International Development at Tulane University. Welcome back, Katie!

 

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