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2020 Mni Ki Wakan

2020 Mni Ki Wakan

VIRTUAL INDIGENOUS WATER DECADE
Due to the global pandemic, the 2019 Mni Ki Wakan has been postponed until further notice. The Indigenous Water Assembly will host virtual session on the provisional agenda below throughout the year.
MNI KI WAKAN VIRTUAL INDIGENOUS WATER DECADE

MNI KI WAKAN VIRTUAL INDIGENOUS WATER DECADE

WATCH KEY SPEAKERS FROM THE 2019 MNI KI WAKAN: INDIGENOUS WATER DECADE.
2020-2021

2020-2021

Addressing the Western World: An Indigenous Call to Higher Consciousness
This year’s theme of the Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water is, “Addressing the Western World: An Indigenous Call to a Higher Consciousness,” centers the collective wisdom and transformative power of indigenous peoples in responding to the current issues of the global water crisis.

In upholding our responsibilities to future generations and strengthening our distinctive spiritual relationships with waters and coastal seas (Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 25), Mni Ki Wakan calls on Indigenous Peoples, youth, and relevant global actors to identify collective strategies, priorities, and initiatives for collaboration.

Explore new ways to support and strengthen Indigenous Peoples’ human rights; build consensus, and develop innovative ideas in sessions; strengthen collaboration and meaningful connections; increase access to information, knowledge, tools, and approaches.

Regional organizations who support indigenous peoples and youth are invited to sponsor regional indigenous delegations to the 2020 Mni Ki Wakan.

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PROVISIONAL AGENDA
Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights

Collective Innovation & Collaboration

Ecosystems & Biodiversity Restoration

Water Policy & Decision-Making

Indigenous Youth

Water Infrastructure
WATER IS SACRED

WATER IS SACRED

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Mni Ki Wakan, a "Promising Solution"

Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States
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Indigenous Youth Leading the Future of Water

Vision

Mni Ki Wakan Envisions A World of Unprecedented Clean & Healthy Water for Future Generations

Mission

The Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples' Decade of Water works in partnership with indigenous peoples and youth to increase access to indigenous water approaches, opportunities, initiatives, stories, connections, information, and tools.

Mni Ki Wakan Reports generated each year by indigenous peoples, youth, and allies detail participant stakeholder consensus, innovations, and comments that guide the Indigenous Water Decade.

Each year, Mni Ki Wakan works to build collaboration and partnerships in voicing water, and coordinating innovations set out in the Reports.

Below are four working definitions of Indigenous Water Governance that Mni Ki Wakan works to expand on through indigenous worldviews. Followed by strategies that have arisen from Mni Ki Wakan participants.

Indigenous Water Governance

Areas, Sectors, and Priorities

Water Protection

As global water crisis escalates, indigenous peoples and youth continue to defend their water rights, advocating, voicing water, rallying, making policies, and protesting.

Water Restoration

Mni Ki Wakan recognizes indigenous knowledge as the first line of water restoration, and other approaches of remediation. Utilizing ideas from the Mni Ki Wakan Reports to expand restoration.

Water Management

Water management includes water infrastructure, services, and maintenance of water plants. Maintenance of water resources, coastal seas, and fresh water.

Water Conservation

Water Conservation is emblematic of indigenous knowledge who see water as a living being with inherent rights to respect and dignity. This predominant worldview stands in contrast to positing water as a resource.

Strategies

Approaches, tools, & information

Indigenous Knowledge

Ecosystems Restoration

Policy & Decision Making

Human Rights

Water Technology

Indigenous Youth

Sponsor delegates from your region to the 2020 Mni Ki Wakan.

Sponsor delegates from your region to the 2020 Mni Ki Wakan.

There are 175 million indigenous peoples in the world.
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There are 175 million indigenous peoples in the world.
5,000 of the world's 7,000 languages are indigenous peoples' languages.
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5,000 of the world's 7,000 languages are indigenous peoples' languages.
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Water is one of the top five global economic issues. Today, it continues to rise to the top.
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80 percent of the world's richest and rarest biodiversity across land and water are located on indigenous territories.

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American Indians do not have access to clean drinking water.
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Over 70 percent of watersheds since the 19th century have been lost. The number continues to rise. Watersheds are critical for clean water and biodiversity.

Global Warming

Wherever Indigenous Peoples' land rights are secured, there are higher carbon storage rates, and lower rates of deforestation.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTERS

Mni Ki Wakan: Following the guiding mandate of Water is Sacred.

The Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water convenes pre-summits each year that culminate in the annual summit in August. Indigenous peoples, youth, NGOs, IPOs, and allies are cordially invited to participate, collaborate, and partner. 

Each year, the Mni Ki Wakan Report is co-developed by the global indigenous community in our all-community stakeholder process designed to guide the Indigenous Water Decade. Mni Ki Wakan invites partnerships and collective dialogue to coordinate Innovations and comments described in the reports.


Culture

Culture

Water

Water

Unity

Unity

Stay up to date on Mni Ki Wakan Pre-Summits and the Summit. Connect with the global indigenous community.

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The indigenous water assembly is dedicated to the respect and protection of water. Members are from diverse regions of the world community and carry out diverse areas of water governance centering indigenous knowledge.

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