IITC Year-end donor appeal letter, November 2017

Traditional Mayan Ceremony honoring the corn at the 3rd International Indigenous Peoples Corn Conference, Tecpan Guatemala, March 7, 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) thanks you sincerely for your friendship and solidarity.  With your support IITC is able to continue our work to defend Indigenous Peoples’ sacred places and cultural rights, food sovereignty, environmental health and Treaty rights.  In 2017, IITC addressed urgent threats faced by Indigenous Peoples around the world and worked to ensure that their voices, knowledge and contributions were included in processes to build solutions.

This year a central focus for IITC was supporting Tribal Nations in responding to the causes and impacts of Climate Change, the most serious threat that Indigenous Peoples, all humanity and the natural world are currently facing.  In the face of the pro-fossil fuel development policies of the current Unites States administration and global economy, Indigenous Peoples’ sacred places, human rights and ways of life are threatened by pipelines, fracking, mining, drilling, and other extractive industries.

The increasing effects of Climate Change are having devastating impacts on Indigenous Peoples’ traditional food production and subsistence ways of life including in Arctic, coastal, island, forest and desert ecosystems.  IITC works with Indigenous Peoples from around the world to create solutions at the United Nations based on respect for Indigenous Peoples’ traditional knowledge, rights and practices.  IITC also brings Indigenous traditional food producers and knowledge holders together to share solutions based on their time-tested traditional practices and spiritual relationships with the natural world including the plants, seeds, water and animals that have always sustained us.  This year, these gatherings included the 3rd International Indigenous Peoples Corn Conference in Tecpan Guatemala and the 2nd International Indigenous Peoples Salmon Conference in Chickaloon Alaska.

In 2018, we are excited to be working with Indigenous Peoples and Nations as well as local food producers to organize the 44th Anniversary Treaty Conference at Bear Butte South Dakota focusing on “Treaty Rights to Food and Water”, a gathering on Food Sovereignty for Island Indigenous Peoples impacted by Climate Change in Kuna Yala Panama, and a Caribou and Reindeer Arctic Indigenous Peoples Conference in Northwest Territories, Canada.

IITC needs your contribution now more than ever to support this work that is so critical to our collective survival.  Please make a year-end tax-deductible donation by mailing a check to IITC, 2940 16th St. Suite 305, San Francisco, CA, 94103 or make a secure on-line contribution by using the “Donate” button at http://www.iitc.org/support-our-work/.   There are options for a one-time as well as regular monthly contributions.  Please contact us for IITC’s account information if you prefer to make an interbank transfer or a direct deposit.   We also invite you to stay informed and engaged in IITC’s work and activities by subscribing to “IITC e-news” via our web page or by connecting with IITC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your support and partnership.  With our best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a blessed and happy New Year,

Andrea Carmen,

Executive Director

International Indian Treaty Council

Source: https://www.iitc.org/iitc-year-end-donor-appeal-letter-november-2017/