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Save the Date - International Roundtable on Indigenous Children's Voices & Rights - Mon 09 Aug 2021

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Are you interested in learning about the links between education, Indigenous rights and sustainability?

Are you inspired by leadership of children and youth to advance the global Sustainable Development Goals?

Would you like to help implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, by encouraging Indigenous children’s voices?

This note invites you to a very special online International Roundtable on Indigenous Children's Voices & Rights, which takes place on Monday 9 August 2021 at 11:00 am EST / 4:00 pm BST in celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

Register now!

This International Roundtable on Indigenous Children’s Voices & Rights for Sustainability engages child and youth leaders from different nations, and also specialists and experts working to promote Indigenous Peoples' rights and the rights of the child, in an interactive dialogue to strengthen and promote Indigenous Children’s Rights and the global Sustainable Development Goals.

This special online roundtable occasion highlights and celebrates the global launch of a beautifully illustrated new book, published by the Voices of Future Generations Children's Initiative, called Finding the Language, by Adelyn Sophie Newman-Ting, the first Voices of Future Generations Indigenous Child Author. Finding the Language is a creative and captivating story about reclaiming language through the land and its creatures, highlighting the interconnected cycle of life and culture. The event also features Indigenous Child Ambassadors Bella Morrisseau and Sydnee Wynter. Honoured chairs and speakers also include Adv. Wayne Garnons-Williams (National Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation of Canada Chair), Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (University of Cambridge Leverhulme Professor, CISDL Senior Director & VoFG CRI Executive Secretary), Ms Monique Gray-Smith (Writer & Children's Literature Award Laureate), and Prof Carey Newman Hayalthkin'geme (University of Victoria Professor & Impact Chair, Master Carver), as well as Adv. Neshan Gunasekera (Lead Counsel for Peace, Justice and Governance, CISDL), Ms Portia Garnons-Williams (Indigenous Student Leader), Ms Elaina Cox (First Nations Treaties for SDGs Project, University of Waterloo), and Ms Tara Dawn Atleo (Associate Fellow, CISDL). Dr. Roda Muse, Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO has been invited to give a special address on their world-leading educational work and support for Indigenous cultures and peoples.

With this note, we are delighted to invite you to register now!

Voices of Future Generations Children's Initiative

As a consortium of international charities that promote education for sustainable development and children's empowerment worldwide, in collaboration with United Nations agencies and others, the VoFG Children's initiative promotes the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and advances the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through inter-generational learning circles, eco-seminars and other special events that provide opportunities for children's voices to be heard on issues that are important to them, and for children to develop leadership, dialogue and networking skills which help them to defend the rights of future generations, worldwide. These events facilitate child mentorship and exchange with experts and world leaders working in the field of children's rights and sustainable development. The partnership also publishes the Voices of Future Generations Children's Book Series, selecting and publishing beautifully imaginative and adventurous books authored by children aged between 8 and 12, written for other children aged 6 and above, which feature creative solutions to the problems facing children in different regions of the world.

It is a special pleasure to highlight the selection of award-winning Indigenous Child Author and two Indigenous Child Ambassadors in 2020 and the upcoming launch, on 08 August 2021, World Indigenous Day, of the first children's book promoting indigenous rights and the SDGs.

For further information on the VoFG Children's Initiative go here:

Voices of Future Generations VoFG and UNESCO VoFG

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The CISDL is an independent international legal research institute integrating environment, human rights and economy through legal scholarship and empowerment. Our mission is to promote legal education relating to sustainable societies and the protection of ecosystems by advancing the understanding, development and implementation of international sustainable development law. Through its various programs and initiatives, the CISDL has positioned itself as one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to sustainable development and as the world’s leading sustainable development law charity.

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