Alliance Event

Voices from the Ground with Indigenous representatives from Latin America and the Arctic

IPRI indigenous rights
April 4th 2023 16:30 - 18:00 UTC+2
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We are thrilled to announce our second Voices from the Ground session with Indigenous Peoples Rights International (IPRI) and Indigenous representatives from Latin America and the Arctic

Tuesday, 4th of April 2023  
16:30 – 18:00 (CEST)  

To join the session, please register here.
About the session

Indigenous Peoples have a key role in the protection of wildlife and ecosystems, and Indigenous knowledge systems have included respectful and reciprocal relationships with the natural world, including wildlife for centuries. These knowledge systems, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples are often overlooked in the international discourse on wildlife trade and the prevention of health risks associated with it.   

The Alliance, through Indigenous Peoples Rights International (IPRI), will be organizing a virtual learning session with Indigenous representatives from Latin America and the Arctic to raise awareness within the Alliance community on Indigenous Peoples’ issues and rights, particularly within the context of wildlife trade, protection, and utilization.  

The speakers will offer their insights into local experiences, needs and challenges with wildlife contact, trade, and consumption, as well as highlight the challenges and impacts of wildlife trade to Indigenous Peoples’ livelihood, security, and overall wellbeing.  

Together, we will learn from Indigenous representatives why it is important to invest in the guidance of Indigenous communities and their system-based solutions. 


Celia Austria is a professorial lecturer and retired associate professor of zoology at University of the Philippines Baguio. She has done extensive work with Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines’ Cordillera Administrative Region studying their traditional knowledge. She is also a staunch supporter of Indigenous Peoples’ struggles to protect their collective rights to lands, territories, and natural resources.

Wilfredo Alangui is a Kankana-ey Igorot and Ilocano with roots from Sabangan, Mountain Province and Tayug, Pangasinan, Philippines. He is a professor of Mathematics at the University of the Philippines in Baguio City (UP Baguio). His education and academic training in mathematics from UP Baguio and the University of Auckland has brought him to a whole field of human ideas and activities that impact math learning, encompassing disciplines like philosophy, anthropology, sociology, history, and ecology. His research interest is on the interplay of mathematics/mathematics education, and culture, Indigenous Peoples’ education and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Since 2012, he has been involved in Indigenous Peoples’ Education efforts, helping several Cordillera, Mangyan, and Ayta elementary and secondary teachers develop culturally relevant lessons in mathematics and other subjects. He was also involved in the development of an Indigenous Curriculum Framework in support of the Indigenous Peoples’ Education program of the Department of Education (DepEd), and currently, in the Teaching Science for Indigenous Students project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Philippines and the IPs Education Office (IPsEO) of the Department of Education-Philippines.


Vittus Qujaukitsoq is a Greenlandic politician. He was one of the founders of the pro-independence party, Nunatta Qitornai, 2017 prior to the Parliamentary election in April 2018. He was elected to Greenland Parliament on behalf of Nunatta Qitornai and was appointed as Minister of Mineral Resources and Labour in May 2018 in Kim Kielsen government. He then was appointed as Minister of Finance and Nordic Cooperation in October 2018. He has been Minister of Finance since October 2019.

Victor Manuel is a member of the indigenous Kichwa peoples of Ecuador. He has a degree in agricultural engineering and has been working professionally for almost three decades with the Kichwa peoples in the Amazon region. He has written publications on ancestral agroecosystems and food systems of the Kiwcha peoples.

Braulina Baniwa has a degree in social anthropology. She is an advocate for Indigenous Peoples rights and women’s rights. She is an indigenous researcher and former president of the Associação dos Acadêmicos Indígenas of the University of Brazil. She acts as a member of the Articulação Brasileira de Indígenas Antropóloges (Abia) and the Articulação Nacional das Mulheres Indígenas Guerreiras da Ancestralidade (Anmiga).

We are delighted to host this second session with IPRI and are enthusiastic to have a broad exchange within the Alliance community.