Ta'Kaiya Blaney, Water Protector, is from the Tla'Amin First Nation and has addressed the United Nations at conferences, meetings, and associated events.
Autumn Peltier is from Wikwemikong First Nation/Manitolin Island and is descends from the Ojibwe/Odawa people. In 2019, she was appointed Chief Water Commissioner of the Anishinabe Nation providing water advocacy for 40 First Nations in Ontario. Autumn advocates for clean drinking water across First Nations and the global community. In 2018, Autumn spoke at the United Nations on World Water Day, and in Sweden for World Water Week.
Addressing the UN General Assembly in 2018, Autumn called on them to "warrior up!" and went on to state: "our water deserves to be treated at human right human rights. We need to acknowledge our waters with personhood so we can protect our waters."
Sean Sherman, Sioux Chef | Food Sovereignty & Water
Wizipan Garriot, CEO, REDCO | Food Sovereignty & Water
Emma Robbins, DiggDeep, Navajo Water Project | Water Infrastructure & Access
Kelsey Leonard, Water Scholar | Water Justice, Governance, & Sustainability
Coming Together For the Future of Water & All Life
MKW Summit Sessions included: A keynote address, Earth Law for Indigenous Water Justice, and an interactive session, titled: Youth Voices for Indigenous Water Futures by Dr. Kelsey Leonard; Dr. Crystal Tulley-Cordova (Navajo Nation Principal Hydrologist) presented on Navajo Nation water challenges, collaboration, and innovation; A keynote address by Sicangu Lakota scholar Victor Douville presenting on Oceti Sakowin Water Culture, Treaties, & Practices Today; A panel by Black Hills Clean Water Alliance on anti-uranium mining; A presentation on Tribal water resources by the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance; an Indigenous Youth Water Futurities panel by Tokala Inanjinyo, Sicangu Youth Council, and the International Indigenous Youth Council-Oglala Chapter; and an Indigenous Youth Water Innovation presentation by Daryl Kootenay and Ariel Waskewitch.
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
UNITED NATIONS WATER INTERVENTIONS
Recently, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for Indigenous voices on the global water crisis, indicating progress in our work as Mni Ki Wakan and of Indigenous water movements. Mni Ki Wakan continues to provide global water input. Our interventions are guided by the stakeholders we serve at the grassroots level (see partnerships and summit), and the summit reports.
Indigenous Water Assembly
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Indigenous-led orgaizations working on related areas of water, environment, and human rights are invited to contact Mni Ki Wakan. We would like to learn more about your work, and if there is prospect for collaboration.
Mni Ki Wakan centers the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for respectful collaboration and partnership.
Allies can become more impactsful by having a foundation understanding of indigenous peoples’ human rights and what respect means in lieu of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Mni Ki Wakan is funded by responsible and trusted donors who have demonstrated a positive record with indigenous communities and support indigenous values.