January 28, 2016 Meet the Ainu: Indigenous People of Japan

The Global Indigenous Forum hosted its next Global Indigenous Forum Colloquia with presentation led by Masako Kubota, MA. This live Skype presentation featured Ainu dancers singing traditional songs, playing traditional instruments and sharing their culture and lifestyle.

March 10, 2016 Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Shaping World Politics

The Global Indigenous Forum hosted a lecture by Manuela L. Picq, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador who challenged and deconstructed the notion that indigenous women are not politically active but are at the forefront of forces reshaping Latin America.

March 29, 2016 Seminole and Miccosukee Women: Culture, Community, Family and Public life

Speakers Miss Destiny Jade Nunez, Miss Florida Seminole 2015-2016; Ms. Louse J. Gopher, Consultant / Educator, Seminole Tribal Member; Mrs. Betty Osceola, Environmentalist, Member of the Miccosukee Tribe and Panther Clan; Moderator Dr. María Luisa Veisaga. Discussant Prof Mary Louise Pfeiffer. Organized by Department of Religious Studies and Dr. Ana Maria Bidegain. Co-sponsored by Global Indigenous Forum.

April 7, 2016 Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon Adapts to Climate Change

Members of the Muruy peoples of the Colombian Amazon presented on their work preparing for climate change and preserving traditional Indigenous culture as leaders within OPIAC.

April 8, 2016 Two-Spirit–Then and Now: Reclaiming Our Place of Honor

What is being done today to bring back pre-colonization, indigenous Two-Spirit Roles? Presentation and discussion of how Two-Spirit organizations work to educate the LGBT and non-LGBT communities regarding indigenous and Two-Spirit histories and traditions.

September 19, 2016 Thatched Roofs & Open Sides: The Architecture of Chickees & Their Changing Role in Seminole Society

The Global Indigenous Forum hosted a Global Indigenous Presentation and Book Signing by Carrie Dilley, as she took audience members on a journey to the heart and soul of Seminole life—the chickee. She navigated archaeology, architecture, and oral history and told the story of the Seminole house, from its origins, through its persistence in the face of modernization, and ending with a glimpse into the future.

October 10, 2016 Film Screening & Discussion | Columbus and the Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code

The Global Indigenous Forum hosted a film screening and discussion with Bobby C. Billie, Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal People and Co-Producer/Author Steven T. Newcomb. This documentary film traced the effects of Vatican Papal orders by Pope Alexander VI, Valladolio, Spain, May 4, 1493, which granted rights to claim dominion, in perpetuity, over non-Christian lands and their inhabitants.

November 4, 2016 Spirit of Ainu: Super Natural Environment of Kamuy

Ainu means “people” or “humans” and refers to the original indigenous people of northern Japan. Ainu continue their culture and distinct identity through their expression of the arts, music and dance. Their continuous efforts finally achieved official recognition by the Japanese government in 2008. For this special event, seven Ainu artists, “Akan Kokin no Kai” travel from Japan to perform traditional Ainu dances, songs and music using special Ainu instruments, such as Tonkori and Mukkuri.

November 30, 2016 Indigenous Water Protectors and the Dakota Access Pipeline Controversy

The Global Indigenous Forum hosted a panel discussion on "Indigenous Water Protectors and the Dakota Access Pipeline Controversy: Implications for Protecting Global Water Security and Environmental Resources," with FIU faculty experts and indigenous community leaders.

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March 23, 2015 Indigenous Religions and the Building of Multicultural States

The Initiative for Latin American & Caribbean Religions hosted an international interdisciplinary colloquium on where an array of panelists used religion as the lens of analysis to examine the evolution of cultures.

April 9, 2015 Film Showing and Discussion | Qapirangajug: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

The Global Indigenous Group, a FIU student club, screened this 2010 documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film taking the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic.

October 6, 2015 Global Indigenous Colloquia

“Legacy of Fuchi: Why and How Japanese Ainu Elderly Women Maintain their Roots.” Presentation by Masako Kubato.

October 19, 2015 Global Indigenous Cinema "Rhymes for Young Ghouls"

The talk of Indian Country when released in 2014, this full length drama tells a story of mental and physical abuse of boarding school children and its effects on individual lives and Indigenous communities.

October 25, 2015 FIU Indigenous Celebration: Circle of Good Living

The Global Indigenous Forum hosted it's Third Annual Indigenous Celebration. The theme, “Circle of Good Living,” aimed to connect and engage with our Indigenous roots and all our relations. Activities included Seminole Flute and Storytelling, Miccosukee Environmental Efforts, Quechua Songs of Harmony by Kuyayky, Japanese Ainu Life Stories, Art, Music and Dance Performances.

November 9, 2015 Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Symposium

The Global Indigenous Forum (GIF) of Florida international University organized the Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change Symposium: Perspectives on Sea Level Rise by the Tribal Groups of Southern Louisiana. This symposium aimed to bring together indigenous peoples, scientists, and other individuals to discuss ideas on how to collaborate on efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.