GIYC Leadership

Co-Chairs

Up to three Co-Chairs are selected each year at the UNPFII for a one-year mandate. The roles of the Co-Chairs are to facilitate discussions between the seven regions and to be a point of contact when engaging with external agencies and bodies.

Carson Kiburo (Kenya)

ckiburo@gmail.com

Qivioq Nivi Løvstrøm (Greenland)

nivioq@gmail.com

Qhapaj Conde (Bolivia)
qhapaj.conde@gmail.com

Regional Focal Points

Each of the seven regions appoints up to three focal points per region each year at the UNPFII for a one-year mandate. The roles of the focal points are to facilitate discussion and consensus within each region and to be a point of contact for the region.

North America:

Victor Lopez-Carmen

V.lopez-carmen@westernsydney.edu.au

Carrington Christmas

carringtonchristmas@live.ca

Shanese Anne Steele

shaneseanne@gmail.com

Arctic:

Ruth Kaviok

ruthkaviok@gmail.com

Karin Nutti Pilflykt

karinnp@hotmail.com

Ole-Henrik Bjørling Mifjell

ole_henrik100@hotmail.com

Central & South America, and the Caribbean:

Rayanne Cistine M .Franca

rayannecrist@gmail.com

Jorge Angel Perez

jorge_angel_perez@hotmail.com

Asia:

Aisah Czarriane Mariano

siwag@gmail.com

Mai Thin Yu Mon

maithinyumon@chro.ca

Anish Shrestha

anish.shrsth@gmail.com

Pacific:

Ivan Ingram

ivan.j.ingram@gmail.com

Sylvia Elias

syleli21@yahoo.com

Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawawhiti

ngaa.rauuira@tainui.co.nz

Africa:

Juweyria Ali

juweria.mb.ali@gmail.com

Amy Andrews

andrewsamy98@gmail.com

Winnie Kodi

kodiwinnie@gmail.com

Central and Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia:

Sargylana Atlasova

syatlaso@gmail.com

Focal Point Higlights

Amy Andrews, one of the Africa Focal Points, From Mamre (Khoisan) Indigenous peoples, North of Cape Town, South Africa. She hopes and aspires to be a change maker in her community.

Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawahiti, one of the Pacific Focal Points, was born in Ōtaki (New Zealand) and is a product of the Māori total immersion education pathway. He is a former graduate and lecturer of the Mātauranga Māori (Māori Studies) program delivered at Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa (Māori University), specializing in Treaty Education. He now lives in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) where he provides policy and strategy advice for the Rights & Interests Unit of the Tribal Office of Waikato-Tainui.

Aisah Mariano, one of the Asia Focal Points, and a Kankana-ey Indigenous youth from the Cordillera, Philippines. She is currently the Network Administrator for the Asia Young Indigenous Peoples Network (APIYN), which serves as a regional network for all indigenous youth organizations and group in Asia.

Shanese Steele, one of the North American Focal Points, is a 25-year-old Afro-Indigenous woman of Trinidadian descent and is a member of the Red Sky Independent Métis Nation in Canada.

Victor Lopez-Carmen, one of the Focal Points for North America. He is a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and is also Yaqui from Arizona. Currently, he is a member of the International Indian Treaty Council and is studying medicine so he can help his people.