Amplifying Indigenous Peoples’ voices to advocate for protection of biodiversity and demand action at COP15

UN Biodiversity Conference – COP 15, Montreal, Canada
December 7-19

What is COP15?

COP15 refers to the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)— A two-week summit and gathering space for countries to create goals around conserving the natural world, its sustainable use, and the sharing of benefits of its “resources” and ecosystem services.

Governments have been meeting for the past three decades to ensure the survival of species and ecosystems. Unfortunately, not a single goal has been completely fulfilled and so far they have failed us. It is clear that we are suffering a global nature crisis and it is critical to take action that aligns with a thriving natural world.

Luckily, the world is full of passionate people and communities whose efforts have not gone unseen. This year at COP15 we expect decision making spaces to be open to frontline Indigenous peoples and local communities who have been working hard to protect and restore ecosystems, they have not failed us.

Why should we care?

Without biological diversity, there is no future. This year the COP15 theme is “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth”. It will be the biggest biodiversity summit in a decade and a determining critical point for our future. This is our time to push “world leaders” to take action.

COP15 had been delayed for the past few years because of the COVID-19 pandemic this has slowed down and even halted efforts that would have been beneficial for nature. While the world came to a sudden halt, some ecosystems thrived while others met their end with a massively growing and deceptive extractive front.

As we globally aim to recover and heal from a violent colonial history— we need to be alert, attentive, and ready to take action. We have the power to choose caring and passionate global leadership, we have the power to call those who continue to fail us, we have the power to create change.

Learn Our Five Demands at COP15

1.Land Rights
2.Free, prior and informed consent
3.Dirct Funding
4.Protection of Life
5.Traditional Knowledge

Our Village Program Montreal –
December 06-11

Partnering with the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), Nia Tero, The Tenure Facility, Forest Peoples Program, the University of Quebec, Projecting Change, and more, INUTW presents “Our Village COP15” in Montreal.

Earth’s living systems as a whole are being compromised. And the more humanity exploits nature in unsustainable ways and undermines its contributions to people, the more we undermine our own wellbeing, security and prosperity

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The program will include talks by members from the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities and International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity, along with panel discussions and Indigenous film screenings including features from the Nia Tero Wayfinders Program and the “The Territory” film in partnership with the Tenure Facility.

In addition, ‘Our Village’ will feature indigenous art and music. To RSVP for ‘Our Village’ events link here:

We are activating COP15 with large scale projection mapping on prominent Montreal buildings in partnership with Projecting Change. The content will feature images, film clips, and messages calling for Indigenous Sovereignty and Rights, along with Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity Protection.

Projecting Change at COP15

Projecting Change amplifies the world’s most important messages, waking humanity up to the urgency of the climate crisis, and illuminating a bold vision for how we solve it – with the goal of galvanizing massive collective action.

For the UN Biodiversity Conference, INUTW will partner with Projecting Change to produce a series of large-scale projection experiences to punctuate key moments and amplify indigenous media and messages throughout Montreal. We will leverage the content to drive further engagement through livestream, social media and network outreach.

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Our Activities at COP15

Dec. 09
Civil Society COP15 Panel

1 – 4 pm

Where: Université du Québec, Montréal, Canada

In Partnership with the Université du Québec à Montréal, we will be hosting a panel discussion as part of the COP15 Civil Society programming to bridge between ‘Our Village’, the University, and the CBD

Dec. 10
COP 15 Climate March

1 – 3 pm

Where: Montréal, Canada

INUTW will join our partners in the COP15 Climate March through downtown Montreal. Our film team will capture key moments to amplify messages on climate, indigenous rights, and protection for biodiversity.

Dec. 10
Our Village: Reception Day 1 and description

3 – 10 pm

Where: PHI Centre – 315 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A3, Canada

Join If Not Us Then Who for an evening of panel discussions as part of COP15 Civil Society programming featuring key calls to action from leaders within International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) & the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities (GATC), along with Indigenous art and film screenings including features from the Nia Tero ‘Wayfinders’ Program and the “The Territory” film in partnership with the Tenure Facility and National Geographic.

Reception with food, drinks, and music by Brazilian DJ Erick Terena to follow.

Dec. 11
Our Village: Reception Day 2

4 – 9 pm

Where: PHI Centre – 315 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A3, Canada

In partnership with the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), ‘Our Village’ will host a public live streaming of key sessions from the COP15 Conference on Biodiversity Nature & Culture Summit.

In addition, we’ll be showcasing Indigenous film screenings, Q & A discussions, and Indigenous art.

Reception with food, and drinks and music by DJ Dakini to follow. 

Agenda COP15

Please find our Media Kit where you will get our key messages, partners information, as well as, partners events and related activities happening at COP15. 

For more information about the agenda please contact [email protected] Media and Communications Officer.

Meet our team joining the COP15

With a group of both Indigenous and non-inidgenous INUTW team creatives, from Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, UK and United States, we are heading to COP15 in Montreal, Canada, to visibilize the role of Indigenous Peoples in protecting the biological diversity of our planet.

We are committed to amplifying the voices of indigenous creatives and leaders. We welcome their wisdom, practices and strongly stand in solidarity with their demands for action. Storytelling is at the core of transforming and restoring not just the health of our planet but also healing each other.

Indigenous Peoples are the best known stewards of land and many are the key caretakers of many threatened or already devastated natural ecosystems. The best way to support Indigenous Peoples is advocating for their wisdom, knowledge, and experience of land stewardship to be part of the decision making processes. The outcomes of COP15, will have a longterm effect on us all and ensuring the rights of Indigenous Peoples is key to protecting the biological diversity of our planet. The future of our planet is a collective shared reality, the responsibility to take care of it should be collective as well.

David Hernández Palmar | Wayuu
David Hernández Palmar | Wayuu

Filmmaker | Producer


Paul Redman
Paul Redman

Founder & Executive Director of If Not Us Then Who


Jamaica Stevens
Jamaica Stevens

COP15 Lead Producer & Events Manager

United States

Enrique Ika Acuña
Enrique Ika Acuña



Aram Vidal
Aram Vidal


Cuba / Mexico

Roxanna Shohadaee
Roxanna Shohadaee


United States

Elizabeth Swanson Andi
Elizabeth Swanson Andi

Indigenous & Climate Activist, Photographer & Impact Storyteller

Ecuador I Santu Urku Kichwa

Mariel Jumpa
Mariel Jumpa

External Communications Manager


Becca Dakini
Becca Dakini

Projecting Change Producer

United States

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