Cultural Survival advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures and political resilience since 1972.
International cooperation is extremely important now more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a special need to support initiatives managed by Indigenous governments, communities, organizations, women, and youth.
We at Cultural Survival recognize our unique position – and responsibility – to respond in this crisis– and we are asking your help to do so. Inequities already exist in the information being provided; much of which is online; available to only those with access to the internet, the ability to read and write, and speak a majority language.
Many of the preventative solutions exclude Indigenous Peoples and those in poverty: frequent hand washing is an important preventative strategy, but is not feasible for those without running water. Closure of public transportation excludes rural communities from access to hospitals.
Yet, Indigenous Peoples also have solutions within their communities. Indigenous traditional knowledge means many communities know how to make their own soap or grow their own food and are not reliant on supplies in overcrowded and raided supermarkets. Elders carry knowledge of traditional plant medicines to boost the immune system and treat symptoms. Indigenous communities have faced these crises before and are resilient when empowered with the wisdom of our ancestors.
If you are able, please donate as it will enable our team to continue to meet the needs of Indigenous Peoples worldwide in their self-determined responses to COVID-19. Even $5 goes a long way. If you’re unable to donate please share this fundraiser and ask your friends to donate.
Right now at Cultural Survival we are working on the following:
- Arranging emergency funding via their Keepers of the Earth Fund to make direct grants to their Indigenous partners to respond to the crisis in their local communities using Indigenous solutions
- Producing, distributing and translating Public Service Announcements for preventative measures against COVID-19 into 100+ Indigenous languages to be broadcasted through 1,000+ Indigenous radio stations globally, we have 80+ right now!
- Launching an Emergency Response Toolkit for Indigenous community radio stations and translated into several Indigenous languages
- Curating a global monitoring system for COVID-19 in Indigenous communities using google maps technology - Developing ongoing and life-saving content on COVID-19 programming in Indigenous languages.
From all of us at CS, we thank you for your support and commitment to upholding Indigenous rights and self-determination.