From November 5 to 16, 2007, five francophone fellows representing their indigenous communities will visit UNESCO to engage in dialog with program specialists on issues of mutual concern.
The Indigenous Fellowship Program is organized jointly with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. According to UNESCO, representatives from indigenous communities can learn about UNESCO’s work, establish direct contacts with indigenous people and organizations around the world, and hear first-hand information about their needs and priorities. They in turn provide valuable feedback on organization programs and suggest new ways of developing its work.
The 2007 fellows are
Mr. Richard Gabriel Bokodi, Baaka, Republic of Congo
Mr. Boukherouf Belkacem, Kabyle, Algeria
Ms. Latifa Douch, Amazigh, Morocco
Ms. Julie Martel, Innu, Canada
Ms. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Mbororo, Chad
A round table will also be organized, during which fellows will present their communities and answer questions from UNESCO staff. The event will be held at UNESCO Headquarters, Room XVI, November 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.