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Innovative Voices - Interview with Myrna Cunningham, Indigenous Rights Activist on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

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Brussels, 9 August 2021/OACPS: On the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, the OACPS Research and Innovation Programme interviewed Myrna Cunningham, an internationally renowned Indigenous rights activist who has served Indigenous peoples in countless ways, and who is the current President of the Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC), and Chairperson of the PAWANKA Fund. 


Click HERE to read the full interview.


See also video excerpts:


·       Most positive developments// status Indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge:


·       How Indigenous knowledge systems and modern science could complement each other, in a win-win situation.


·       What benefits Indigenous women can bring to address sustainability challenges and what are the enabling factors that could support them as agents of change.


·       What could be done to better integrate indigenous knowledge to education systems.


·       Message On the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples



About the Programme


The Research and Innovation Programme of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) aims to strengthen Research and Innovation capacity in the Members of the OACPS, to unlock their innovation potential and support their transition into knowledge-based economies for sustainable development. Implemented by the OACPS and funded by the European Union, the Programme is composed of three components:

  • An Innovation Fund to foster a conducive R&I environment;
  • A Policy Support Facility to enhance the quality and efficiency of R&I systems;
  • A web portal to cross-fertilize knowledge and experiences among key stakeholders.


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