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July 4, 2008

The "Nibutani Declaration" and "An Appeal to the Japanese Government"
were adopted by the Indigenous People Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008

Nibutani Declaration (English)
Nibutani Declaration (Japanese)
Nibutani Declaration (Spanish)

An Appeal to the Japanese Government (English)
An Appeal to the Japanese Government (Japanese)

* All files are in PDF format.

June 25, 2008

Accepting applications for the Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008

Deadline is June 25, 2008.
Details Here (in Japanese only) 

June 24, 2008

Indigenous Peoples Summit Pre-event in OBIHIRO
-An evening of Ainu Singing & Dancing-

The Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008 Caravan Tour will arrive in Obihiro on June 24.
A Pre-event will be held there, so everyone please come and show your support!

Date&Time: Wednesday June 24, 19:00-
Venue: Refreshments & Crafts Laugh-La
Admission: 500 yen (will go towards the IP Summit) no RSVP required
Performers: Rumiko Ehara, Utae Ehara, Mina Sakai,
and young Ainu from Obihiro

Refreshments & Crafts Laugh-La
TEL: 0155-25-1455

Download Flyer (in Japanese only)

June 12 through 28, 2008

Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008 Caravan Tour
-calling on Ainu across Hokkaido to attend the IP Summit!-

Updates via Blog (in Japanese only)

Schedule is Here (in Japanese only)

June 1 through 29, 2008

Pirka Kewtum Apkas
Walk Across Ainu Mosir

May 18, 2008

"Mawkopirka - to become happy" 
Indigenous Peoples Summit Pre-event vol.1 in TOKYO

*Photos and a brief report on the day's events are up on the Blog (in Japanese only)*

Date&Time:  May 18, 2008 (Sun)  OPEN: 12:00  START: 12:30
Admission:    Reservations required, 2500 yen (1 food + 1 drink)

Program (subject to change):
Shizue Ukaji (presentation), Keiko Kyuno (Kamuy yukar),
Akemi Shimada (singing), AINU REBELS (singing & dancing),
explanation about the Indigenous Peoples Summit

Venue:         NAKED LOFT 

Address:      Hyakunin-cho Bldg 1F,  1-5-1 Hyakunincho, Shinjuku-ku, TOKYO
                      (1 min. from Seibu Shinjuku Station North exit,
                                      10 min. from  JR Shinjuku Station East exit)
TEL:             03-3205-1556
URL:         http://www.loft-prj.co.jp/naked/map.html

Click here to download the flyer (in Japanese only): 0518.jpg

Please write to  info @ ainumosir2008 . com  for reservations.

April 25, 2008

Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008
Press Conference for Foreign Media


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Date & Time:    April 25, 2008 (Fri); 16:00-17:00
Place:                 The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ)
Address:            Yurakcho Denki North Building 20F
                            Yurakcho 1-7-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006  
TEL:                  +81-3-3211-3161
URL:                 http://www.fccj.or.jp/~fccjyod2/aboutus/map

March 29, 2008 

Towards the Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008 -

Ainu Mosir Pre-summit in Obihiro

                                                            March 29, 2008 (Sat); 13:00-17:00
                                                            at Obihiro Seikatsu-kan (Fukuro-no-yakata)
                                                            2-2 Hakurindai-higashi, Obihiro

                                                            Aims & Objectives of Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008
                                                            - Briefing on our progress and future actions -
                                                            By Hirofumi Kibata and Hideo Akibe, Executive Council members

                                                            Song and Dance Performance

                                                            - Joint Music Concert -
                                                            By Ainu Art Project and Obihiro Kamuy-to Upopo Conservation Society

                                                            Click here to download the flyer (in Japanese only): 0329.jpg

March 25, 2008 

Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008 Press Conference
March 25, 2008 (Tue); 16:00
at the Prefectural Government Press Club Office, Level 3, Prefectural Building

March 14, 2008

Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008
Release of Progress Report by the Steering Committee

Click to Download (in Japanese only): houkoku.pdf

February 16, 2008 

Towards the Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008 -
Talking about Indigenous Peoples' Futures with New Zealand Maori

                                                            February 16, 2008 (Sat); 18:00-20:30
                                                            (Admission Free, 500 yen for handouts; No reservations necessary)
                                                            At Sapporo Center for Gender Equality (Sapporo L-Plaza), 3F Hall
Kita 8 Nishi 3, Kita-ku, Sapporo (Sapporo Station North Exit)

Talks and Performances
By Maori from Aotearoa (New Zealand):
                                                            Steven Kent (Ngai Tahu Maori)
E. Walker (Nga Puhi Maori)

owards the Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008 
By Hideo Akibe (Akan Ainu Arts and Crafts Association)
                                                            and Ainu Art Project members

                                                            Click to download the flyer (in Japanese only): 0216.pdf

December 6, 2007

Indigenous Peoples Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008 Kickoff Forum

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September 21, 2007

Hokkaido Peoples' Forum on G8 Summit: Peace and Human Rights Unit
"An Appeal for Peace and Human Rights from Ainu Mosir"


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Lately I have been thinking about the difficulties of Ainu affairs. The struggle to settle the gap between Ainu people, Ainu rights claims and Hokkaido-wide issues, and the problem of the national government of Japan, seems to be stuck in the mud. It seems as if we, the Ainu people, are constantly complaining that efforts made are never enough to meet our demands. “Recognize our human rights as Indigenous peoples!” “Ainu people need government support for this and that...” It seems we always make these requests but nothing ever seems to progress. Even though there is heated discussion about the Iwor (communally-shared land) restoration project and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, I wonder if regular citizens of Japan, especially residents of Hokkaido, have any understanding or appreciation for these rights? Will they accept our demands for human rights as Indigenous peoples and rejoice together with us if these rights are restored? This question has been in my mind everyday. Human rights and peace – and the other ideals sought by many Ainu today – are of critical importance for succeeding generations. But I fear that the majority of Hokkaido residents don’t appreciate or understand Ainu or Ainu issues. I have this feeling because of my own personal experiences teaching about Ainu history and culture at schools across Hokkaido. When I have tried to explain Ainu history and culture to schoolchildren, they don’t seem to understand. Even though this is an issue which concerns their land and livelihood here in their home of Hokkaido, and we Ainu are a neighboring culture, they seem disinterested. And the situation is getting worse. I want to pose a question here. If we Ainu are able to regain our own rights in the near future, will this create an environment for better Ainu and Wajin relations to live together on this island? Personally, I don’t think so. (abbreviated)

    「Before today’s event, I expressed my wish, “I want to join you not as an Ainu, not an indigenous representative, but on the same rank as a citizen and as a person who loves this island Hokkaido.” The organizers welcomed my point of view. I think this kind of discussion can also find a place in Ainu affairs. For Ainu to make gifts to other people returns something to us to help fill this gap. This is what I hope for the future.

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