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Philippines: Philippines’ Isolated Indigenous Peoples Shut Off From Haiyan Relief

Far from cities and supplies, remote communities struggle to survive after losing lives, homes and boats to typhoon
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed an untold number of people, displaced 630,000 and devastated central Philippines, the country’s indigenous peoples—most of whom are located in isolated, forested communities, far away from cities and supplies—are emerging as among the worst hit.
As they struggle to survive and assess damage to the natural resources they preserve and maintain for their incomes and food, an estimated 1,600 indigenous families are struggling to secure basic supplies that could help them to survive–and rebuild their lives.
The indigenous Tagbanua communities, spread out across the Calamianes, a group of islands in the southwest province of Palawan, were severely impacted when the typhoon made its sixth landfall….   (read more)

Band Manager -Lower Similkameen Indian Band

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Job Details:

This position reports to Chief and Council of Lower Similkameen Indian Band. This position is responsible for Band Administration and Budget. The Band Manager administers a wide range of programs and services under the direction of the elected council members. Program and services to the 450+ Lower Similkameen Band Members are community‐ based and focus on respect for the strength and knowledge of both traditional and contemporary values. These programs and services cover the broad spectrum of community social and cultural services ordinarily provided by First Nation governments.


Administer and oversee Band programs and affairs including but not limited to; public works, education, housing, social development, health, community planning, feasibility studies, contracts, land entitlement/land selection process, financial management, membership, Natural Resources, Economic Development, Band events, capital improvements, and office services. Responsible for day –to‐ day activities of Lower Similkameen in accordance with community values, community plan, policies and direction from Chief and Council.

Fax or E‐mail:

(250) 499‐5538 or

Attention  Executive Assistant – Jade Jagar


Lower Similkameen Indian Band

Attention: Jade Jagar

517‐7 th Avenue, Box 100

V0X 1N0


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Dear Friends,

As you may all know, the Philippines is now under a state of calamity with the massive and widescale destruction of lives and properties  by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the strongest typhoon recorded in history early this month. The coverage from various media outfits show part of the damage wrought by the typhoon in the Visayas region. What is not yet being publicized is also the situation of many indigenous communities who live in far flung communities and are now isolated because of the massive damage in their areas and the lack of communication facilities. Many of them have lost their homes and their sources of livelihood. The poor state of infrastructures and adaptation measures as well as their poor socio-economic conditions made them most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of typhoon Yolanda.

An initial estimate of 11,627 families coming from various indigenous groups in Luzon and Visayas are currently in need of support. We expect more are needing support and our members and networks are gathering more information on the affected indigenous communities.

To tie up the appeal letters from our members and networks in the Philippines coordinating relief support for the indigenous communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), attached is our general appeal letter which includes the contact and bank account details of the organizations facilitating donations for the affected indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

For practical reasons, the best form shall be financial contributions which will be used for the much needed relief –food, blankets, medicines etc. Our members and network in the Philippines shall be delivering directly the support and this shall be properly recorded and acknowledged by them.


For friends in Chiang Mai willing to donate the details are below:

Drop off for donations in kind from 13 November to 6 December:

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)

Contact Person: Ms. Marion Cabrera


Mobile #: +66913019843

Address: 189/ Changklan Road, A. Muang Chiang Mai, Thailand 50100

Considering the length of time and cost for in kind donations to be sent to the Philippines, we only welcome the following:

§  Medicines

§  Water purifiers

For cash donations, please contact the following:

  1. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

Contact Person: Mr. Richard Gadit


Mobile #: +66897001749

2.   Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)

Contact Person: Ms. Marion


Mobile #: +66913019843

3.   Diakonia

Contact Person: Ms. Niza Concepcion


Mobile #: +66(0) 8 199303710

Organizations coordinating relief support for the affected indigenous communities

  1. For the affected Tagbanua communities in Coron, Palawan

Koalisyon ng mga Katutubong Samahan ng Pilipinas (KASAPI)

Contact Person: Mr. Giovanni Reyes


Mobile #s: +639162447297; +639494996095

For the affected indigenous communities in Panay, Iloilo, Capiz and other areas in the Southern Tagalog region

  1. Kalipunan ng mga Katutubo sa Pilipinas/ National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples Organizations in the Philippines (KAMP)

Contact Person: Kakay Tolentino


Telephone and Fax – (02) 412-5340

For the affected indigenous communities in the Visayas and Mindanao

  1.      BALSA Mindanao/Help Mindanao

Contact Person: Sr. Noemi or Cecil

Email: or contact

     Tel. +63 082 2973610

     Mobile Numbers

     Sr. Noemi +639294463684/Cecil +639122178625


   2.    Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao

Kalinaw Lanao Center for Interfaith Resources

0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde

9200 Iligan City


T/F: +63 (63) 223 5179



2014 Senior Indigenous Fellow – OHCHR

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Duration:       2 June –  30 September 2014

Location:        Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, Geneva – Switzerland

The Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section (IPMS) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is seeking an indigenous person to fill the position of “Senior Fellow” for a duration of four months (2 June – 30 September 2014).

The Senior Indigenous Fellowship aims at giving the selected indigenous person a better understanding of the international human rights system and mechanisms, especially those dealing with indigenous issues. Through this experience, the Senior Fellow will gain practical knowledge and working level experience by directly contributing to the programmes and activities of the IPMS. Such exposure will also allow him/her to develop an extensive contact network with OHCHR staff in general, as well as other UN departments or agencies and human rights NGOs in Geneva.

The Senior Fellow is expected to return to his/her home country with an enhanced set of skills and expertise to contribute towards the promotion and protection of human rights of indigenous peoples at the national, regional or international level.

Terms of reference:

The Senior Indigenous Fellow will be working in the Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section of OHCHR under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of Section and the Coordinator of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme and will be requested to:

–       Contribute to the activities of the Section by undertaking research and analysis, participating in the organization and implementation of training activities, such as the Indigenous Fellowship Programme, providing support to the work of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations.

–       Perform any other activity to contribute to the work of the Section, including administrative or logistic tasks.


The candidate must be indigenous. He/she should have:

  • A university degree preferably in law, political sciences, international relations or any other disciplines related to human rights.
  • Basic understanding of international human rights instruments and mechanisms, including those specifically dealing with the rights of indigenous peoples.
  • Minimum of four years of working experience in the field of indigenous peoples’ rights.
  • He/she should be fluent in English. Other language skills including Spanish, French or Russian are highly desirable.


The candidate selected will not receive a salary but will be entitled to a monthly stipend that will cover basic living expenses in Geneva, as well as return ticket and basic health insurance. Please note that this is not a regular employment position within OHCHR and it does not lead to employment rights and entitlements beyond the terms of the fellowship.

Selection process:

Interested candidates should submit their applications by fax (+41 22 917 90 08) with a cover letter indicating “Application to the 2014 Senior Indigenous Fellowship” or by post at:

Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


CH-1211 Geneva 10


Although we do not encourage you to send your application by email, scanned applications can also be received at the following address:    The application should include the following documents:

1) A Curriculum Vitae.

2) A letter of motivation (maximum 3 pages), in which the candidate will introduce himself/herself – mentioning the indigenous community he/she belongs to – explain his/her expectations, what he/she hopes to achieve through this fellowship and what he/she expects to do upon return to promote indigenous rights.

3) A letter of recommendation from the organization / entity they are affiliated with.

The deadline to receive applications is: 17 January 2014. Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted and interviewed during the first quarter of 2014. Once the selection is finalized, the name of the candidate selected will be posted on our website.

A CONCEPT OF NATIVE TITLE by Leroy Littlebear (1982)

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by Leroy Littlebear (1982)

This ritual, i.e. the coming ashore and the planting of a flag and the claiming of the land for the Monarch, is sometimes referred to as “Discovery”. The Doctrine of Discovery is one justification for claiming fee simple title to lands in North America.  But the doctrine has been abused, misconstrued, and misinterpreted by the white man.  Chief Justice Marshall of the United States Supreme Court, and one of the first to use the Concept or Discovery in his decisions, said in the Johnson and Graham’s lessee v. Mc’Intosh case[7] that discovery was a doctrine meant to apply to the European powers for their own orderly conduct in dealing with the aboriginal people of North America.  Hence, discovery was not meant to apply to the Indians.  It was not meant to mean fee simple ownership.  To the contrary discovery can be analogized to a ‘business franchise’.  Just as a business franchise gives exclusive rights to the owner of the franchise to enter into business relations with people, within the geographic area of the franchise, discovery was meant to give a European power which came to the shores of North America the exclusive right to deal with the Indians whose territory covered or included the particular area discovered by a European power.  A right to deal with people certainly does not give ownership to their property.


Note: This article is presently being circulated at the V Continental Indigenous Summit Abya Yala, taking place November 10-16, 2013 at La Maria Piendamo, Cauca [Colombia].  The Declaration Abya Yala, presented at the DISMANTLING the Doctrine of Discovery International Conference in Arizona in April, is also in discussion at the Summit.  Action on the DISMANTLING of the Doctrine of Discovery as called for by the Abya Yala Declaration is on the agenda in Colombia.

Also, critical discussions on the UN HLP/WCIP 2014 are taking place, from the grass roots indigenous movements. The II Continental Indigenous Women Summit, and Indigenous Youth Summit also taking place.  Extractive mining issues, including the REDDS+ are being addressed within a context of the continental indigenous movements.

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice – at York University

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Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University seek to recruit and nominate a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice (Tier 2). The successful candidate will be cross-appointed between the two Faculties.

In making this appointment, we are seeking to further enrich the two Faculties’ strengths in the study of environmental justice, and Indigenous law and governance, and to deepen our appreciation of the interconnections between these fields of study. The Faculties embrace a broad definition of “environment”, and are open to a plurality of understandings of, and approaches to, the study of Indigenous environmental justice.

Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada’s largest English-language law school, is committed to setting the standard for excellence in legal education and legal scholarship. Our innovative teaching program fosters a strong foundation in legal reasoning, diverse perspectives on law, and an understanding of law’s transformative role in promoting a just society. Osgoode produces original and significant legal scholarship and prepares its graduates for leadership and service within the profession and beyond. Further information about Osgoode Hall Law School can be found at

FES is a unique interdisciplinary Faculty that adopts a broad definition of environment including natural, built and social environments. The Faculty has a strong social and environmental justice orientation, and values applied and action-oriented research. More information about the Faculty of Environmental Studies is available at

Applicants should be Assistant or Associate Professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels. Absent exceptional circumstances, the successful candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in law or legal studies, environmental studies, political science, geography, or another relevant discipline; and the candidate is expected to have received her/his highest degree no more than ten years prior to nomination for the Chair.

Applicants are invited to contact Professor Dayna Scott, Chair of the CRC Subcommittee of the Faculty Recruitment Committee at

2 Faculty Opportunities in Sociology & Politics and Public Administration – Ryerson University

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Assistant Professor

Arts, Sociology

Posted: September 17, 2013
Deadline to Apply: Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Department of Sociology at Ryerson University ( in the city of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The area of specialization is Aboriginal & Indigenous Sociology, with expertise in Qualitative Research Methodologies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of Sociology Program and Liberal Studies courses at the undergraduate level.

The position will commence August 1, 2014 and is subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. or be close to the completion of a Ph.D. in Sociology or in a related discipline and will provide evidence of a strong research record or an emerging scholarly profile, demonstrate a high standard of teaching, in addition to a capacity for collegial service. Applications should include a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, two recent writing samples, institutionally-generated results of teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference.

The Sociology Department, consisting of 22 full-time faculty members, has a solid and growing reputation for high-quality teaching and excellent, innovative, and socially-relevant research. The Department is strongly committed to social activism and community-engaged teaching, learning, and research. Our undergraduate degree program offers a curriculum that highlights the study and practical application of research methods, classical and contemporary social theory, and themes of diversity, inequality and social justice, popular culture, media, and contemporary urban experience.

Please submit your application by regular post and address it to: Dr. Pamela Sugiman, Chair, Department of Sociology, c/o Ms. Virginia Clark, Departmental Administrator, Department of Sociology, Jorgenson Hall 300, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 2K3. For general inquiries, please contact Ms. Clark by email at or by phone at 416 979 5000 x. 2282. Confidential inquiries or questions of an academic nature may be directed to Dr. Pamela Sugiman at The deadline for submission of applications is November 28, 2013.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: The RFA’s website can be found at: A summary of RFA benefits can be found at:

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Assistant Professor, International Politics and/or Public Policy

Arts, Politics & Public Admin

Posted: September 20, 2013
Deadline to Apply: Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University ( in Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in International Politics and/or Public Policy. The Department particularly encourages applicants with research and teaching interests in international political economy; international economic and financial governance or institutions; and regional specialization in Latin America, Eastern Europe or Russia. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, contributing to the Department’s full-time undergraduate program in politics and governance; part-time program in public administration and governance; and the Masters in Public Policy and Administration. Opportunities for teaching and supervision in other interdisciplinary Faculty of Arts programs are also possible.

The position will commence August 1, 2014 and is subject to final budgetary approval. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. or be close to the completion of a Ph.D. in political science, political studies or in a related field. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of a strong research agenda and profile, commitment to high-quality teaching, and the capacity for collegial service. Applications should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, two recent writing samples, results of teaching surveys (or equivalent evidence such as a teaching dossier), and the names and contact information (e-mail address and telephone numbers) of three referees who may be contacted.

The Department of Politics and Public Administration, consisting of 27 full time faculty members, prides itself both on the breadth and excellence of its research and quality of its teaching. The Department is strongly committed to academic excellence and teaching in the areas of public policy and administration and Canadian, comparative and global politics.

Located in the heart of Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, Ryerson University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The university is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practically oriented learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum and strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities. Ryerson is also a leader in adult learning, with the largest university-based continuing education school in Canada.

Please submit your application materials online via our Faculty Recruitment Portal. Confidential inquiries can be directed to Dr. Sorpong Peou, Department Chair, (

The deadline for submission of applications is December 1st, 2013.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: RFA’s website can be found at: A summary of RFA benefits can be found at: