The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns recognizes that justice for the world’s indigenous people is integral for justice for all. Our office strives to attend to indigenous issues in all of our work, but we particularly connect through the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
We participate in the UN’s NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which meets in support of the General Assembly’s resolution calling for the establishment of the International Decade and its Programme of Activities. Because the indigenous peoples continue to be among the most impoverished and marginalized in the world, we assist in the education of the international community about the concerns and issues facing indigenous peoples and disseminate information about the International Decade to indigenous peoples, relevant NGOs and other interested parties. The NGO Committee meets once a month and participates in side events and panels especially in preparation for the yearly Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Statements on mining in Guatemala
(March 24, 2006)