Our Voices

The Ărramăt project embraces diversity and as such, our partnerships span continents, languages, and cultures. We’ve asked a few of our project participants from across the globe to share, in their own voices (and languages), why they feel this project is so important. Watch our welcome video and scroll down to meet some of our collaborators and learn how the Ărramăt project aims to make a difference to Indigenous Peoples across mother earth.

Alexander and Luba Arbachakov

Language:  Russian
Video Length: 2:29

Alexander and Luba are located in Tashtagol, Kemerovo Oblast. “Мы шорцы с Мрассу, это в Южной Сибири.” (We are Shors from Mrassu, this is in South Siberia).

Madghis Buzakhar

Language: Tamazight
Video Length:  1:13

Madghis is Nafusa Amazigh and speaks Tamazight and English, and is located in Tripoli, Libya. He is a Member of TIRA research and studies focused on the revitalization of Tamazight Language and Culture.

Mariam Anwer Buzakhar

Language: Tamazight
Video Length: 0:14

Mariam is an Amazigh woman from Nafusen Mountains in Lybia, she works at TIRA Research and Studies alongside Madghis and is an avid photographer.

María Eugenia Choque Quispe

Language: Spanish
Video Length:  14:55

Maria Eugenia is an Ayamara woman from La Paz, Bolivia. Ms. Choque Quispe is a respected international expert on indigenous peoples’ rights, and a former Vice-president and expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2014-2016).

Aminata Diallo

Language:  English
Video Length: 2:02

Aminata is a young Indigenous social activist from the Timbuktu region of Mali.  She is currently a student at the African Leadership University in Rwanda specializing in quality education and gender equality in education.

Amaranta Gomez

Language:  Spanish
Video Length: 2:36

Amaranta is a Zapotecan Muxhe based in Xalapa, Mexico.  She is a social activist focused on health, sexuality and human rights, and is a representative with Secretariado Internacional e Pueblos Indígenas frente al VIH(SIDA).

Hanna Guttorm and Irja Seurujarvi

Language: Sámi
Video Length: 2:51

Hanna and Irja are both Associate Professors in the Indigenous Studies Department at the University of Helsinki.  They are both Sámi women and work across their homelands to revitalize the Sámi language and culture.

Danika Littlechild

Language: Cree/English
Video Length: 1:04

Danika is Cree from Neyaskweyahk, Ermineskin Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Treaty No. 6 territory (Alberta). She has had a long career as a lawyer in support of Indigenous Peoples in the areas of Indigenous legal orders, environment, conservation, and health. She is also one of the Co-Principal Investigators for the Ărramăt Project.

Sherry Pictou

Language:  English
Video Length: 2:18

Sherry is a Mi’kmaw woman from L’sitkuk in Mi’kmaki. She is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University and is committed to supporting global Indigenous movements and organizations, as well as UNDRIP.

Cleo Reece

Language:  English
Video Length: 1:52

Cleo is a Cree and Métis woman from Fort McMurray First Nation.  She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and culture, especially when it comes to the importance of water.  She is a Board member with Keepers of the Water where she advocates that love, honor, and respect of water is essential.

Rokia Sanogo

Language:  French
Video Length: 3:40

Rokia is a professor at the Institut National de Recherche en Santé Publique where her research focuses on Traditional Medicines. She lives in Mali and speaks English and French.

Wasiq Silan

Language:  Tayal
Video Length: 1:44

Wasiq Silan (I-An Gao, 高怡安) is Tayal from the Mstaranan river valley in the northern region of Taiwan. She is currently completing her Ph.D. at the University of Helsinki.

Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine

Language:  Tamasheq, French, English
Video Length: 2:26

Mariam is a Touareg woman from Timbuktu, Mali.  She is a trained medical doctor and is engaged in global Indigenous issues through many forums.  She is a former President of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

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