Ngā Taura ki a Papatūānuku
International Indigenous Environmental & Disaster Youth Network
In May 2022 the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) convened the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bali, Indonesia. At that event, the International Campaign for Disaster Risk Reduction in Indigenous Communities was formally launched for a three-year period. One core component of the larger campaign is to create and support a youth Indigenous Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) network.
DRR seeks to prevent new, reduce existing, and manage residual risk of disasters. While most natural hazards are not preventable, vulnerability to disaster because of those hazards can be mitigated. Indigenous communities are often more vulnerable to disaster than others, so DRR and the management of disaster risk is crucial. Climate change and related environmental aspects are key focuses for DRR, especially for Indigenous communities.
The campaign aims to encourage the creation of regional Indigenous networks that would give voice to Indigenous advocates for DRR (e.g., initiate Indigenous Youth Network for DRR). To do this Te Tira Whakamātaki, the Māori Biosecurity Network, have partnered with other Indigenous researchers in the DRR space from North and Central America to bring young Indigenous people in the space together.
- To connect indigenous youth across tribal and international borders.
- To connect indigenous youth to mentors in their spaces.
- To inform students and early career workers of opportunities and career pathways they may not have been aware of.
- To keep each other culturally safe inside colonial institutions.
- To provide support when dealing with conflict inside institutions.
- To create change in systems to better support indigenous people.
- To create change to better support indigenous interests.
The purpose of the Indigenous Youth Network is to facilitate connections between Indigenous youth working and studying in the disaster risk reduction space around the world. The network seeks to encourage and support Indigenous youth participation in disaster risk reduction, and to provide a space to share the work being done.
From its inception, the network has aimed to provide the following resources and support:
Periodic email/website bulletin
* Introduction of new members, their interests, and passions
* Highlighting coming events, both online and in-person
* Highlighting scholarships, jobs, and other opportunities
* Informal, introductory networking conversations
* Webinars through Te Tira Whakamātaki and other institutions associated with the network
* Highlighting relevant conferences and workshops
* Setting up informal networking and information sharing events at conferences and workshops
As a UN project, we will be lobbying for funding which will be used to set up more programmes, which may include: providing financial support to help members attend conferences and other events, scholarships for Indigenous students to study DRR, or hosting our own symposium or conference