Reunion of the Condor and Eagle
Indigenous Action Summit
Draft Summit Plan and Agenda


Brief Overview

Four Worlds, the Native Investment and Trade Association (NITA) of Canada, and the Chief and Council of the Carib Territories of the Commonwealth of Dominica, in partnership with the Governments of Canada and the Commonwealth of Dominica, are hosting an international Summit to promote sustainable human prosperity and well-being for Indigenous peoples.

The “Reunion of the Condor and the Eagle” is founded in a Trade and Social Development Agreement and Unity Pact that has now been signed by the leadership of some eight million Indigenous people in Canada, Mexico, Dominica and Ecuador. This agreement focuses on rebuilding ancient partnerships for positive development based on “Sixteen Principles For Building a Sustainable World”. The primary thrust of the Reunion of the Condor and the Eagle initiative (including the Dominica Action Summit) is to move beyond the choices many Indigenous people in the Americas and around the world are now experiencing in the current unfolding global economy.

These include:

  1. Giving up their Indigenous identity and trying to become part of the Euro-American socio-economic system which usually results in them becoming part of the marginalized, unnamed poor of the world;
  2. Accepting poverty and powerlessness as their given destiny; or
  3. Using violent and non-violent confrontation and resistance to try and move forward their social and economic development agenda for survival.

The Condor and Eagle Reunion is focused on creating a “fourth way”, which in essence consists of modeling collaborative development initiatives that actually move Indigenous populations toward greater levels of well-being, prosperity and dignity, in partnership with their respective governments, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and business communities.

To this end, the Summit will bring together Indigenous peoples of the Hemisphere with Canadian Aboriginal businesses and social development organizations, as well as with Canadian government agencies that provide programs recognized by Indigenous people as outstanding examples of Indigenous/Government partnerships. In all, 200 participants are expected from Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean region and selected countries of Central and South America to explore opportunities for mutual cooperation and support. The showcasing of model Canadian Government programs for Indigenous development will provide an example for forming parallel initiatives across the Americas between Indigenous peoples and their governments, non-government organizations and business communities. In addition, Indigenous peoples will be sharing their development solutions and perspectives with the government, NGO’s and businesses.

Programs to be presented at the Summit include CIDA’s new $10-million Indigenous Peoples Partnership Programme (IPPP), that is focused on the development of Indigenous peoples internationally through partnerships with Canadian Aboriginal business and social development initiatives. The Government of Canada delegation will be led by Secretary of State (Africa and Latin America), the Honorable David Kilgour.

The Summit Agenda

Pre-Summit Workshops and Activities - February 8-24, 2002

Prior to the Summit, various delegations and teams of Indigenous peoples and their partners will visit the Carib Territories. The activities anticipated include:

  1. Carib Indigenous food and Nutrition Workshop.
  2. HIV-AIDS Prevention workshops and program development initiatives
  3. Indigenous Youth Development Workshop (Re-Discovery International)
  4. Cultural Exchanges - Canadian Aboriginal drum and dance groups working with their Carib Counterparts to develop cultural presentations to be shared on Dominican T.V., in schools and at the Action Summit itself.
  5. An Indigenous Women’s Gathering.
  6. Carib Community development action planning to go beyond the “shopping lists” of previous community consultations in order to create a development action plan for the Carib Territories and Dominica, which will be incorporated into various funding proposals to be developed immediately following the Indigenous Action Summit.

The Action Summit (February 25-Mar 2, 2002)

Day 1
Monday, February 25, 2002

9:00 am -6:00 pm

Day 2
Tuesday, February 26th, 2002

9:00 am -1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Day 3
Wednesday, February 27, 2002

9:00 am - 10:15 am 10:15 am - 10:50 am 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Workshop Venues:
Theme: Building Relationships
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 2:15m- 3:30 pm

Each Track consists of the following program:

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Day 4
Thursday, February 28th, 2002

9:00 am - 10:15 am 10:15 am - 10:50 am 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Theme: Showcasing programs and opportunities

Each Track consists of the following program 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm Summit participants will be able to: The following starter list will be posted: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Day 5
Friday, March 1st, 2002

9:00 am - 10:15 am 10:15 am - 10:50 am 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Theme: Building sustainable partnerships for business and for social and economic development.
Possible topics: Each Track will consist of: 12:30 pm - 2:15pm 2:15 pm - 6:00 pm Note: All remaining Indigenous delegation interviews will be completed during this time block.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Day 6
Saturday, March 2, 2002

9:00 am - 10:15 am 10:15 am - 10:50pm 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Note: Technical assistance will be made available to groups needing help in producing a short report/proposal that documents what the partners have agreed on. (Michael, Judie, Helgi, Phil, Sinikka, Angaangaq, Charles, Jean James, Dr. Alexandra James, etc.)

12:30 pm - 2:15 pm 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm 3:30 - 3:45 Alternative Programs: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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