To continue the conversation ignited by the global book launch of Dignity: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Urban Zen is extending the exhibit of Dana Gluckstein’s photography for an entire month. The exhibit features captivating photography selections designed to support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International.
Through UNDRIP, the need to support Indigenous cultures has become increasingly prevalent and provocative. Globally, the indigenous community consists of over 300 million people who are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the world. UNDRIP is a Declaration that recognizes the rights and freedoms of indigenous peoples and the United States was one of four countries that voted against it.
To encourage dialogue around this issue, Urban Zen is partnering with Cultural Survival and Amnesty International to host a conversation with innovative thought leaders and policy makers on November 10. The evening will be moderated by Elsa Stamatopoulou, former Chief of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations. We will delve into the specifics of the Declaration, the importance of human rights, and the need to preserve Indigenous wisdom and customs.
The evening will be an educational, inspirational and ultimately transformative experience designed to encourage connectivity while honoring the beauty and tradition of Indigenous culture.
Larry Cox is the Executive Director from Amnesty International.
Kent Lebsock is Coordinator of the Owe Aku International Justice Program.
Les Malezer is Native Australian of the Gabi Gabi Community, on the board of Cultural Survival, and General Manager for the Foundation of Aboriginal and Islander Research Action.
Elsa Stamatopoulou is former Chief of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations.