NAJA will participate in 16th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Native American Journalists Association will host communications training and contribute to the launch of a study on Indigenous Peoples and the Media

The 16th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) will take place July 17-21 in Geneva, Switzerland. Indigenous peoples from around the world attend the EMRIP to share news from their communities. As a way to help delegates amplify their messages to media, the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) offers a communications training program titled, “Share Your Story: Communicate effectively with Journalists.” The training is in partnership with Grist and Project Access Indigenous Partnership (PAIP). It is conducted in English. There is no cost to participants.

Earlier this year NAJA participated in the 22nd session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). In its final report, the UNPFII recommended that UNESCO in partnership with relevant UN entities and Indigenous Peoples, conduct a study on Indigenous media and present their findings at the annual session of the Permanent Forum in 2025. NAJA is an invited stakeholder to discuss the preparation of the study.

NAJA aims to recruit new members, create new international partnerships and train Indigenous leaders worldwide on storytelling to strengthen the organization’s presence at future United Nations sessions.

Share Your Story: Communicate Effectively with Journalists
When: Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Where: Centre d’Accueil de la Genève Internationale (CAGI) – International Geneva Welcome Centre (Grand Salon). La Pastorale, Route de Ferney 106, 1202 Genève
Who: NAJA, Grist and Project Access Indigenous Partnership
About: This event is a communications training for Indigenous peoples/EMRIP attendees. Participants will learn how to craft their story pitch for media attention, hear about storytelling techniques, and gain skills for communicating effectively with journalists. Lunch and snacks will be provided. This training will be held in English.

Share Your Story training is facilitated by Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), Editor at Large, Grist

  • Graham Lee Brewer (Cherokee), National Investigative Reporter, NBC News
  • Francine Compton (Anishinaabe), Associate Director, NAJA
  • Savannah Maher (Mashpee Wampanoag), Reporter, Marketplace
  • Bryan Pollard (Cherokee), Grant Operations Manager News Partnerships, Associated Press

Registration is encouraged, but not required. Register here

The launch of a study on Indigenous Peoples and the Media
When: Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 1.15 pm – 2.45 pm (CET)
Where: Meeting Room VII, Third floor, AC Building, Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland
About: During the multi-stakeholder consultations, panelists will discuss how the study should be conducted to assess the extent to which Article 16 of the UNDRIP has been and is being implemented or considered at the national level. The discussion should also provide valuable insights for the elaboration of a set of recommendations for future action.

Questions can be sent to NAJA Associate Director, Francine Compton,

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