This is the first in a series of blogs about First Peoples Worldwide.
First Peoples Worldwide (FPW), an indigenous-led organization, aims to strengthen indigenous communities through the restoration of control over their assets, which is important for sustainable prosperity. FPW strives to achieve a sustainable future for all by building upon a foundation of indigenous and traditional values.
The Keepers of the Earth Program and Fund, works to build the capacity of Indigenous Peoples through technical support and training. (Photo credit: FPW)
Rebecca Adamson, who has been advocating local tribal issues since 1970, founded FPW in 1997. She has promoted the use of the Elements of Development (EOD), an evaluation tool for American Indians to identify existing assets and develop new ones. It recognizes the need to build community capacity in working towards sustainable economic development.
FPW advocates on behalf of Indigenous Peoples with governments, economic development institutions, and funders. It calls for policy changes both within the U.S. and foreign governments to work directly with Indigenous Peoples in establishing mutually beneficial agreements. Neva Adamson, the Managing Director, has worked with non-governmental and governmental agencies to provide Indigenous Peoples around the world with a political voice.
One of FPW’s initiatives, the Keepers of the Earth Program and Fund, works to build the capacity of Indigenous Peoples through technical support and training. By empowering Indigenous People to manage Indigenous Stewardship Areas, the program seeks to restore the protection of natural resources and the support of biodiversity. This initiative is especially important since Indigenous Peoples inhabit more than 85 percent of the earth’s protected areas.
The Keepers of the Earth Fund issues grants for amounts between US$250 and $20,000 for indigenous-led projects in the areas such as land conservation, climate change, and food security.