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CHS Students Plan Indigenous Peoples Celebration for May 2

From the Indigenous Peoples Celebration Organizing Committee (IPCOC) at Columbia High School:

2019 is the Year of Indigenous Languages, as declared by the United Nations. In honor of this momentous occasion, on May 2, from 6 to 8:30 PM in the CHS auditorium, Tin Hinan and the Indigenous Peoples Celebration Organizing Committee (IPCOC) at Columbia High School (CHS) invite the South Orange and Maplewood community to attend a celebration.  At this forum, there will be presentations and festivities on indigenous issues and culture, including speakers, food, and dance.

Speakers include: Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, the former chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), along with her sister and co-founder of the indigenous peoples’ organization, Tin Hinan, Saoudata Wallet Aboubakrine. They also will be joined by their UNPFII colleagues, including Kenneth Deer, Secretary of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake.

Founded in 1997, Tin Hinan has increasingly focused on community development while assisting indigenous people in crisis and disaster situations. Overall, the association bases its actions on human rights with particular attention to the rights of indigenous peoples, women, youth, and other vulnerable groups.

This event is organized by Tin Hinan and the IPCOC, which is chaired by CHS senior, Hikaru Hayakawa, and includes vice chairs, Jeremy Giles and Isabel Wolter, as well as Allison Wisniewski, who are all CHS students.

The event is free of charge and we hope that many people will attend.

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