A three-day workshop to explore international policy related to indigenous peoples is set for Thursday, March 8 through Saturday, March 10 at the University of New Mexico School of Law room #2404.

Participants will review and analyze international policy related to indigenous peoples and biodiversity. Working groups will be created to review and define community protocols as they relate to the protection of traditional knowledge associated to biodiversity. A position paper on the use of the term indigenous peoples and the overall protection of traditional knowledge will be drafted.

Keynote Speaker: Winona Laduque, Seeds of Our Ancestors, Seeds of Life, Friday, March 8, 9:45-10:15 a.m.

Presenter: Yolanda Terán, Coordinadora de Educación de la Red de Mujeres Indígenas en Biodiversidad para America Latina y El Caribe, RMIB-LAC, Coordinadora de Educación y Cultura de Andes Chinchasuyu del Ecuador.
Presentation: Convention on Biological Diversity (Article 8j, Traditional Knowledge and RIMB). Friday, March 8, 10:15-11 a.m.

Presenter: Dr. Mindahi Bastida Muñoz, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Lerma, Mexico
Presentation: Nagoya Protocol (negotiations, adoption and implications) Friday, March 8, 11:15 a.m.-noon

Presenter: Sixtus Garcia, Artist
Presentation: Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Friday, March 8, 1:30 p.m.

Presenter: Eli Makagon, Natural Justice
Presentation: The Living Convention: Natural Justice and Living Community Protocols Friday, March 8, 2 p.m.

Presenter: Jorge Garcia, El Centro de la Raza
Presentation: Community Protocols for the Protection of Water in the Atrisco Valley, N.M. Saturday, March 9, 9:15 a.m.

For more program information and to register, visit El Centro de la Raza.

Sponsoring organizations include El Centro de la Raza, American Indian Student Services, Office of Student Affairs, Office of Graduate Studies, Indian Law Program, Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, Center for Social Sustainable Systems, Project for New Mexico Graduate Students of Color, and the Red de las Mujeres Indígenas sobre Biodiversidad.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu