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The University of Toronto welcomes NAISA to Tkaronto in May 2020

On March 13, 2020, NAISA Council and the Tkaronto Local Host Committee agreed to cancel NAISA 2020 with regard for the health and wellbeing of NAISA members, their families, and their home communities.

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NAISA Statement in Support of Indigenous Children, Adults and Families on the Guatemala/Mexico/United States Borders

August 5, 2019


The Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) expresses its deep concern regarding the situation of Indigenous children, adults and families seeking asylum and refuge outside Mexico and Central America. As is already internationally known, they have been subject to violent and inhumane maltreatment on Guatemala-Mexico and Mexico-United States borders. In this regard, we echo what was recently denounced by Maya scholars in their “Open Letter” (May 31, 2019) to the governments of the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala. As stated in their letter, “Since December 2018, five Maya children have died under the custody of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the U.S.-Mexico border, and one under the custody of the Mexican immigration officials in Mexico City.” This situation calls for an immediate action of reparation by the states involved in these unfortunate events as well as an effective investigation of these and other abuses, especially by international human rights organizations.

NAISA Statement in Support of Mauna Kea Kiaʻi

The Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) supports the Kiaʻi/Defenders of Mauna Kea in their historic and ongoing opposition to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, also known as Mauna a Wākea, in Hawaiʻi.