SEK would like to personally thank Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, Ambassador of Goodwill to Africa and the Community Mayor of Harlem and the New Future Foundation for making it possible for three members to attend the Twelfth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues , which began this past Monday through May 31st.
We have been humble beyond words to take part in such a powerful and positive gathering of indigenous peoples from around the world. To be in the presence of Chiefs, Queens, community organizers, mothers, and the youth has been eye opening.
United Nations Headquarters, New York City, 20-31 May 2013
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (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.