Child Rights for All: Ending and Preventing Discrimination Against Indigenous Children

Publication Year:
April 26, 2021
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UNICEF and OHCHR invite you to a virtual side event on the rights of Indigenous children that will take place on Monday, 26 April at 11:00 AM New York time in the margins of the 20th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2021).

Bringing a diverse range of speakers, the event will highlight the situation of Indigenous children, the multiple and overlapping discriminations they face, as well as the role that they often take on as human rights defenders to claim and exercise their rights for themselves and for their communities.

The event will be moderated by Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.

Live Spanish and French Interpretation will be available.

Many thanks for your interest! Kindly find attached a summary of the event, the recordings available here, as well as the slide decks shared here.

Full Agenda below: 

  • Welcome- Elsa Stamatopoulo, Moderator of the event, Director of the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University
  • Opening Remarks- Sanjay Wijesekera, Director of Programme Division, UNICEF NYHQ
  • Overview of how discrimination impacts Indigenous children and key recommendations from a human rights perspectiveBelkacem Lounes, Member of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), lead on the EMRIP study on Indigenous children
  • Ensuring access to justice for Indigenous children: Canada's Indigenous peoples experienceCindy Blackstock (Gitxsan First Nation), Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University
  • Climate change and its impact on Indigenous children and their future: Perspectives from an Indigenous Human Rights climate change lawyer and advocate- Sasha Purcell, Indigenous Human Rights climate change lawyer and advocate
  • Supporting the rights of Indigenous children disproportionately impacted by COVID-19: Latin American and Caribbean's Indigenous peoples experienceElena Burga Cabrera, UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office, and Myrna Kay Cunningham Kain, President of the Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC) 
  • Discussion 

  • Closing- Allison Thomas, Indigenous peoples and Minorities Section, Focal Point for EMRIP study on Indigenous children, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

For more information, kindly see the attached concept note and the flyer of the event. 




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