To ensure Indigenous communities are engaged in the forum and there is thorough consideration of Indigenous needs around these topics, the three lead organizations have invited Indigenous leaders from representative organizations to join an Indigenous Advisory Committee that can provide input on the program as well as future engagements to ensure discussion continues well beyond the forum.
Federación Plurinacional de Turismo Comunitario del Ecuador
Galindo Parra, President
The Plurinational Federation of Community Tourism of Ecuador, FEPTCE is an institution that brings together actors from indigenous, Afro, montubios and mestizo peoples and nationalities, who depend on their land for their agricultural, artisanal products, and work as well as farmers who have established a tourist, educational, and social initiatives to continue living with dignity in their territories. The principles of the FEPTCE are the foundations of the federation and its ethics, which are based on the four creative axes of Ecuadorian Community Tourism: defense of the territory, valuation of indigenous and rural culture, organizational strengthening, and equitable distribution of resources and for the common good. They define the partnership project that our members represent. To be part of the federation, all members commit to respect and disseminate these principles.
Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC)
Myrna Kay Cunningham, President Board of Directors
The Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC) an international organization constituted with the equal representation of Indigenous Peoples and governments, in order to support the self-development processes of indigenous peoples, communities and organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, recognizing the work done in terms of consultation and dialogue between indigenous organizations and government sectors through national, regional and inter-agency consultative bodies.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)
Chris James, President and CEO
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Fawn Sharp, President
Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.
NCAI, a non-profit organization, advocates for a bright future for generations to come by taking the lead to gain consensus on a constructive and promising vision for Indian Country. The organization’s policy issues and initiatives are driven by the consensus of our diverse membership, which consists of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal citizens, individuals, and Native and non-Native organizations.
Len Necefer, CEO
NativesOutdoors is an outdoor products company whose products serve to support indigenous people.
NativesOutdoors began as a social media project in March 2017 by Len Necefer (Diné) to highlight the stories and photos of Native people in outdoor recreation to address the lack of representation of indigenous people in the outdoor industry.
The organization has expanded to providing advisory and consulting services to the outdoor industry on topics within the intersection of tribes, public lands, and outdoor recreation.
NativesOutdoors is working directly with tribal governments, community organizations, and individuals on increasing access to outdoor recreation and connecting resources and opportunities within the outdoor industry.
World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA)
Ben Sherman, Chairman of the WINTA Leadership Council
The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) was incorporated on March 27, 2012, in the Larrakia Nation in the Northern Territories of Australia. The organization was created from the global, collective aspirations of Indigenous interests in tourism and is an Indigenous initiative that is based on key human Indigenous rights including the rights to self-determination, self-governance, and the right to maintain and develop their own distinct institutions and to maintain and develop cross-border contacts critical to maintaining their communities and cultures.
Today, WINTA is established to facilitate future international partnerships on behalf of six Indigenous tourism associations. As as a non-profit, the organization is guided by a Leadership Council and operated by a dedicated team of volunteers.