A delegation including the Tlayecantzi - Head of School, Mexica Cultural Artist-in-Residence, and a senior member of the school's Student Council represented Anahuacalmecac at the recent United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Languages. Anahuacalmecac participated providing statements on behalf of youth and communities facing cultural loss in the transnational and urban contexts. Anahuacalmecac delegates also shared statements on realities faced by women, youth and educators in Mexico. Anahuacalmecac's interventions were endorsed at the meeting by the American Indian Law Alliance.
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues' Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Languages was held from Tuesday, January 19th to Thursday, January 21st at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with the mandate to discuss issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. At its fourteenth session in April-May 2015, the Permanent Forum recommended a three-day international expert group meeting on the theme “Indigenous languages”, which was approved by ECOSOC (decision 2015/43). Following up on this, UN DESA/DSPD organized the expert group meeting on “Indigenous languages” at UN Headquarters in New York from 19 to 21 January 2016. This was the second international expert group meeting on indigenous languages organized by the UN DESA. It built upon the findings and recommendations of the 2008 expert group meeting on the principles of cultural diversity and indigenous languages as a way to promote intercultural dialogue and affirm indigenous peoples’ identity.
The photo documents a cultural exchange between Anahuacalmecac student Delegate Tecpatl Kuauhtzin (Azteca Mexicano) and Megan Davis, (Australia). Professor Davis is the Chairperson of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales and is a Commissioner of the New South Wales Land and Environment Court, and an Australian member of the International Law Association’s Indigenous Rights Committee. Professor Davis chaired the EGM. Besides Tecpatl Kuauhtzin, the delegation included Marcos Aguilar (Azteca Mexicano), Tlayecantzi and Anna Gatica Matias (Mexica). The delegation's participation was supported in part by a grant form the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples.