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THUNDER BAY, ON, April 29 – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler will participate in a panel discussion on Indigenous People’s Communication for Development during the Seventh Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY Wednesday April 30, 2008. Fiddler will discuss the use of communication and information technology in advancing the advocacy efforts of Nishnawbe Aski Nation and James Bay Treaty 9 communities, specifically the efforts of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inniniwug (KI) in spreading their message through blogging, podcasts, YouTube, and other global community concepts. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues advocates for communication in Indigenous Peoples’ development strategies to support engagement in effective policy dialogue and advocacy. Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization representing 49 First Nation communities within James Bay Treaty 9 and Treaty 5 territory – an area covering two-thirds of the province of Ontario. KI is a signatory to James Bay Treaty 9.
For further information: Michael Heintzman, Media Relations Officer, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 625-4906
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