1.1: TEBTEBBA (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education)


Tebtebba  is an indigenous word from northern Phillipines that can be roughly translated to mean addressing issues of concern through the discussion of diverse viewpoints, with the aim of reaching common positions and focused actions. This organization is also known as The Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education, and the organizations holds consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC)  

Indigenous communities across the globe are often isolated minorities who are subjected to government and corporate abuses, which can lead to a sense of powerlessness. Tebtebba’s mandate is to bring representatives of diverse indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities together to advocate for indigenous groups facing injustices worldwide. On the main page, there is a plethora of resources available for community leaders. For example, there is a curriculum entitled “Indigenous Peoples Sustainable, Self-Determine Development: A Training Course for Community Trainers” which includes modules on human rights, the global struggles of indigenous peoples, and building sustainable indigenous economies. The site also includes an online database of Tebtebba research and articles and links to other indigenous peoples’ organizations and networks, which are very useful for learning more about the struggles of specific indigenous groups worldwide.

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