United Nations

Permanent Forum

on Indigenous Issues

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) was created on July 28, 2000 by a resolution from ECOSOC. The UNPFII was created to provide an advisory body to ECOSOC regarding Indigenous issues, specifically those pertaining to development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights.

The UNPFII serves three key functions:

I. Provide expert advice and recommendations on Indigenous issues to the ECOSOC Council, as well as to other programmes, funds, and agencies of the United Nations through the Council;

II. Raise awareness and promote the integration and coordination of activities relating to Indigenous issues within the UN system; and

III. Prepare and disseminate information on Indigenous issues.


This committee will consist of 28 delegates, 23 representing Member States and 5 representing nonstate actors who are stakeholders in the issues discussed, which are:

1. Contemporary Genocides of Indigenous Peoples
2. Indigenous Representation in Politics

Staff Members

Sammie Dhillon
Minahil Nadeem
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McMaster sits on the traditional territory shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and the Anishinabe nations, which was acknowledged in the Dish with One Spoon wampum belt. That wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need.


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