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  • 臺澳聯手舉辦澳洲原住民族電影Top End Wedding(無上婚宴)在臺首映會

            原住民族委員會長期致力於推動原住民族文化發展政策,也透過與各國之合作與交流,共同推廣原住民族文化之美。多年來,原民會與澳洲辦事處極力推展雙邊原住民族文化、藝術,以及政策間之經驗交流,今年更共同舉辦澳洲電影《Top End Wedding(無上婚宴)》在臺首映會,也是首度將雙邊的合作領域擴及至影視的交流,不僅體現臺澳交流的深厚情誼,更象徵雙方關切原住民族議題發展之堅定立場。         澳洲電影《無上婚宴》在今日晚間於誠品電影院首映,首映會由原民會夷將‧拔路兒Icyang‧Parod主任委員與澳洲辦事處高戈銳Gary Cowan代表共同主持,多位駐臺使節代表皆出席共襄盛舉。         電影《無上婚宴》是由澳洲原住民導演偉恩‧布萊爾所執導的浪漫喜劇片暨公路電影,以澳洲北領地原住民族人與澳洲白人通婚的故事為主軸,男女主角歷經跨文化婚姻的挑戰,最終以喜劇收場。該部電影反映出全世界原住民族社會都在經歷的跨文化通婚議題,原民會夷將Icyang主委以現今臺灣原住民族社會為例,分享跨文化通婚確實會帶來挑戰,但卻是促成跨文化間理解與尊重的開始,進而形塑臺灣社會的多元面貌。         本次電影首映會活動也邀請到二位傑出的原住民族導演擔任映後座談會主講人,分別是來自阿美族的龍男‧以撒克‧凡亞斯Lungnan Isak Fangas導演,以及來自泰雅族的陳潔瑤導演,映後座談引發現場觀眾熱烈迴響,大獲好評。 業務承辦人:潘文成業務祕書 連絡電話:(02)8995-3174/0935-718176 【照片】原民會夷將・拔路兒Icyang・Parod主委致詞.jpg 【新聞稿】臺澳聯手舉辦澳洲原住民族電影Top End Wedding(無上婚宴)在臺首映會.doc 【照片】大合照.jpg 【照片】澳洲辦事處高戈銳代表致詞.jpg 【照片】原民會與澳洲辦事處聯合電影The Top Wedding在台首映.jpg

  • CIP Financial Coaches Visit Indigenous Communities to Accept Applications for Economic Relief

     March 18, 2020 —To lessen the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous business owners, the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) announced the Indigenous Peoples’ Economic Relief Plan. With this plan, the CIP hopes to provide fair and prompt financial aid to ensure the stability of indigenous industries and help local businesses get through these trying times. The CIP sent financial coaches to visit indigenous business owners in person and accept applications for the relief program. As of April 17, the CIP received 823 applications, 780 (or 94.7%) of which have been approved.    According to CIP Minister Icyang Parod, the relief plan is targeted at loan holders of the Indigenous Peoples Comprehensive Development Fund (including regular business loans and youth entrepreneur loans) and companies that were issued CIP-backed credit guarantees to apply for loans. According to internal statistics, 1,341 of these loans still had an outstanding balance as of February 29, 2020. To provide immediate, effective, and meaningful relief, CIP financial coaches visited these businesses in person to help them choose the most appropriate relief options and complete their applications on the spot. Within a matter of weeks, 61% of the 1,341 eligible businesses had applied.    Mr. Icyang stated that not all eligible businesses accepted relief. 169 business owners told their financial coach that they were willing to give up their benefits so that government resources could be directed to businesses that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the CIP has received numerous phone calls and Facebook messages from those who had accepted relief and wanted to express their gratitude. Some of them told the CIP that the relief measure had eased the pressure of repaying their loans and given them more time to prepare for future challenges.    In order to promote the relief plan and answer any questions applicants might have, the CIP set up a toll-free hotline (0800-508-188) specifically to provide information on financial relief and concessional loans as well as a dedicated COVID-19 section on its official website (https://www

  • CIP Working with the Taoyuan City Government to Build a Safe Living Environment for Kanjin and Saowac Communities

    Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) Minister Icyang Parod and Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan visited the Kanjin and Saowac communities and surrounding areas on April 21 to carry out an inspection of a retaining wall being constructed on the left bank of sections 81 and 82 of the Dahan River (near Kanjin community), as well as to check on the progress of a drinking water quality improvement project for the two communities. According to Mr. Icyang, the residents of the Kanjin and Saowac communities are unable to obtain official household registrations as their homes are located in a flood-risk area. As a result, these residents cannot apply for tap water with the Taiwan Water Corporation, and their communities are constantly under threat of flooding. The CIP and Taoyuan City Government have been actively working to improve the living conditions of the local indigenous peoples. A public hearing was held in 2017 to discuss how to allow residents to remain in place and yet ensure their safety. Finally, in February of 2018, Kanjin locals were able to obtain household registrations. The Taoyuan City Government excavated a well to divert groundwater for drinking water, but unfortunately, the water quality was not good enough for drinking. Therefore, in 2019, the CIP used a portion of its Forward-Looking Infrastructure Development Program budget to provide funding for the Taoyuan City Government to carry out a water quality improvement project for the Kanjin and Saowac communities to give local indigenous peoples clean water. When the Taoyuan City Government completes the retaining wall on the left bank of sections 81 and 82 of the Dahan River, the frequency of flooding is expected to decrease, which will greatly increase the safety of the local indigenous people. Furthermore, the enhanced flood control facilities also mean that in the near future, Kanjin community will no longer be a flood-risk zone, opening the door to countless development opportunities for the local economy. Through the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program budget, Mr. Icyang has assured the Taoyuan City Government that the CIP will continue to support the expansion of public infras

  • CIP Minister Icyang Parod Visits Nakahila Community Meeting Hall in Zhouxi Township, Hualien County, Promises Additional Funding of NT$ 159.58 Million to Improve the Meeting Hall and Its Connecting Roads

    On the morning of April 25, Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) Minister Icyang Parod visited the Nakahila Community Meeting Hall, which is currently under construction in Zhouxi Township, Hualien County, for a briefing alongside the township mayor, village chief, and community leader and members. Mr. Icyang stated after listening to the briefing that the meeting hall serves as a center of political and everyday life for local indigenous communities, and that it is where regular community meetings and traditional harvest festivals take place. In order to preserve indigenous culture and ensure traffic safety, the CIP sets aside an annual budget to help local governments build indigenous meeting halls and carry out road improvements to give local indigenous peoples a cultural space and safe roads to use when going to work, school, or the hospital. According to Mr. Icyang, meeting halls are of great significance to indigenous communities, while a safe road network facilitates disaster relief, improves healthcare accessibility, and benefits local commuters. The CIP has provided additional funding of NT$ 159.58 million to build two meeting halls, design two more, and improve road conditions in 15 locations. Zhouxi Township, Hualien County is the location of two of the 19 projects—the new Nakahila Community Meeting Hall and repairs on the Lunbushan Communication Road, which is the main road connecting the Dauqpusan and Swasal communities. Traffic here is often interrupted by road closures due to potholes caused by torrential rains. A feasibility study was commissioned in July 2018, and the project is currently in the planning and design stage. Once the design is finalized, the CIP will provide the necessary funding for road repairs to protect local indigenous peoples’ fundamental rights. At the end of the briefing, Mr. Icyang reiterated the CIP’s commitment to working with local governments to build new meeting halls and improve public road infrastructure to create a high-quality, sustainable living environment for the indigenous peoples. CIP Contact: Ku Chi-min Telephone: (02) 8995-3278 or 0932-236643

  • CIP Calls for Increased COVID-19 Prevention Measures during Indigenous Harvest Festivals

    March 11, 2020—In an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) called a meeting with local governments today to discuss pandemic prevention measures. The CIP urged attending officials to reconsider whether indigenous festivals and ceremonial gatherings should take place as scheduled based on local pandemic conditions. If so, the CIP requested that local governments monitor such events closely and draw up response plans in case of emergency in order to safeguard the health of the indigenous peoples. CIP Minister Icyang Parod acknowledged that harvest festivals are the most important ceremonies of the year and are an indispensable part of indigenous culture. These ceremonies generally have fewer than 1,000 participants, which means that they are still allowed to take place under the current government guidelines. However, Mr. Icyang expressed concern over the current pandemic situation and suggested banning spectators and tourists at the events until the pandemic is under control. To prevent the virus from infiltrating indigenous communities, the CIP issued an official letter instructing local governments to follow the COVID-19 Directive for Public Assemblies issued by the Central Epidemic Command Center and to implement enhanced screening measures, particularly for indigenous peoples traveling home to participate in the harvest festival. Most indigenous harvest festivals take place outdoors, which presents a lower risk than indoor events. There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in any indigenous communities, and sufficient masks are being made available through the mobile medical care services that pay regular visits to indigenous villages. Nevertheless, the CIP continues to use several communication channels, including local culture and healthcare centers as well as commercials on the Taiwan Indigenous Television Network (TITV) and Alian Radio Station (FM 96.3), to raise COVID-19 awareness and provide accurate information about the disease. Contact: Lin Wan-yeh (section assistant) Telephone: (02) 8995-3103

  • CIP to Invest another NT$ 132.86 Million in Road, Bridge, and Infrastructure Improvements in Indigenous Communities

    In order to improve roads and other infrastructure in indigenous communities, the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) approved 31 applications by local governments under the 2020 Indigenous Community Sustainability and Landscaping Project and the Indigenous Community Feature Road Improvement Plan with a combined budget of NT$ 132.86 million. According to CIP Minister Icyang Parod, the locations that received subsidies are centers of political and everyday life in local indigenous communities. The CIP sets aside an annual budget to help local governments make infrastructure improvements and to spur economic and industrial development for indigenous peoples and thus protect their right to public safety, transportation, and health care, as well as to provide them with a safer and more convenient living environment. The CIP pointed to the Anasolay community, one of the indigenous communities that received a subsidy this year, as an example. Located in Meihe Village, Taimali Township, Taitung County, the Anasolay community sits on a steep hillside. The mountain behind the residential buildings has posed an increasing risk of flooding and mudslides in recent years due to frequent torrential rains, and so the CIP funded the construction of retaining walls with drainage facilities to secure the slope, drain rainwater, and protect local residents. Another example furnished by the CIP is that of Xiweng Road in Hsinchu County. This is the main road that connects the Si’ung community with the outside world, and it also cuts through the neighboring Mintuyu and Sansaru indigenous communities. Long stretches of persimmon plantations can be seen along the road, and popular scenic spots such as the Xiweng Waterfall and Campsite are just nearby. However, insufficient drainage facilities have caused severe damage to the road, posing a danger to travelers and local residents. Therefore, the CIP approved a NT$ 23.29 million budget for road improvements, installing ditches, retaining walls, guardrails, and reflective markings to increase road safety, which in turn strengthened the local tourism and produce industries. Most importantly, the people of Si’ung community wil

  • CIP Hosts ‘2020 Land Administration Workshop’ to Promote Land Ownership Rights for Indigenous Peoples

    The Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) hosted a two-day workshop on land administration on July 22–23, 2020 at the Conference Hall of the Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung, with 210 government officials of various levels in attendance, including city mayors, county magistrates, heads of townships with significant indigenous populations, and representatives from the competent authorities. During his opening address, CIP Minister Icyang Parod noted that after President Tsai announced the amendment of Article 37 of the Slopeland Conservation and Utilization Act on January 9, 2019, the CIP immediately removed the five-year waiting period requirement from its Regulations on Development and Management of the Lands Reserved for Indigenous People and related administrative guidelines. The amended law has benefited approximately 30,000 indigenous people, who are now entitled to land ownership within indigenous reserves. CIP records show that 11,045 lots of land covering 4,844 hectares have been registered as of July 22, 2020. According to Mr. Icyang, the CIP has incorporated the Indigenous Land Development Strategies and Indigenous Land Use Guidelines into the chapter pertaining to indigenous peoples in the Strategic Plan for National Spatial Development to address the lack of land in indigenous communities for housing, farming, and burials. Even before the amendment, the CIP had been working with the Ministry of the Interior to formulate a set of guidelines to govern land use in indigenous reserves.Beginning in 2017 and as of H1 2020, the CIP has organized 77 national/regional hearings, community empowerment workshops, and consultation meetings in total. In the second half of 2020, the CIP plans to provide administrative training for each city, county, and indigenous township government. Mr. Icyang described the CIP’s efforts as a “policy breakthrough” that not only settled long-disputed land ownership rights in indigenous reserves by restoring the right of indigenous peoples to utilize their land, but also demonstrated the government’s acknowledgement of and respect for indigenous cultures and lifestyles. Mr. Icyang concluded his address

  • CIP Co-Organizes 3rd Māori New Year Celebration with New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office as Taiwan Recovers from COVID-19

    Since 2018, the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) and the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office (NZCIO) have co-organized annual Māori New Year celebration events in Taiwan. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration took place as scheduled, albeit on a smaller scale. The event featured traditional Māori cuisine as the two countries celebrated the deep cultural connections between their indigenous peoples. Residents of Hualien County’s Harawan community were present at the event to show their support. They had previously visited New Zealand and forged a deep friendship with the local Māori people. The 2020 Matariki (start of the new year) celebrations were held on the afternoon of July 17 by the CIP and the NZCIO. CIP Minister Icyang Parod and NZCIO Director Moira Turley co-hosted the event. Presidential spokesperson Kolas Yotaka and several diplomatic representatives were also in attendance. New Zealand and the Māori people celebrate Matariki and the Māori culture in June or July every year by putting on kapa haka performances and preparing hangi dishes. Named after the Pleiades (or the Seven Sisters) in the Māori language, Matariki is the single most important festival of the Māori people. In Māori culture, the first new moon after the first rising of Matariki signifies the beginning of a new year. For the Māori people, the star cluster is important for navigation and timing the seasons. It is said that the brighter Matariki is, the warmer the weather and the greater the harvest will be in the coming year. According to Mr. Icyang, this year’s Matariki celebration in Taiwan served as a home away from home for New Zealanders of Māori descent living in Taiwan while also demonstrating the unique cultural bonds that exist between the indigenous peoples of the two countries. Mr. Icyang hopes that New Zealand and Taiwan will both come out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever before. Contact: SAYUN Tosu (specialist) Telephone: (02) 8995-3092

  • CIP Organizes Indigenous Arts Workshops to Promote ‘Epidemic Prevention Lifestyle’

    July 6, 2020—To promote indigenous handicrafts and other industries, the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) established the Aboriginal Peoples Culture Center (APC Center) as a venue for training talent in traditional indigenous skills. Courses at the center were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, but thanks to the disease control measures implemented by the government and the cooperation of the general public, the number of new COVID-19 cases has been brought to a minimum. Therefore in May, the center began accepting new course registrations once again. The first course to resume was the bamboo weaving certification program, which held its first session today. In Taiwan’s indigenous cultures, everyday objects made of linen, bamboo strips, rattan, and shell ginger leaves such as bamboo back baskets, rattan storage bins, and shell ginger handbags are very common. As one of the most important venues for preserving and passing down indigenous heritage, the Aboriginal Peoples Culture Center (APC Center) set up the bamboo weaving certification program and hired a professional instructor to help trainees improve their weaving skills. Furthermore, trainees are encouraged to engage in discussion, think outside the box, and create innovative products with their newly acquired weaving skills. Those who successfully complete the program can apply for certification as a bamboo weaving specialist under the Ministry of Labor’s Professional Skills Certification Program. The CIP collects feedback from trainees to help the center develop a wider range of courses that keep pace with trends in indigenous industries, and as a result, three new categories of courses in the cultural and creative industries, leisure and recreation, and agriculture were added to the curriculum. In addition to training students in technical skills through lessons taught by skilled instructors, the APC Center invites indigenous people with prosperous businesses to share their success stories with the trainees to help them master entrepreneurship and innovation. These programs are offered to indigenous peoples free of charge. Except for travel expenses to and from the

  • Asia Cement Corporation to Hold Consulting Hearings Pursuant to Article 21 of Indigenous Peoples Basic Law as CIP Hopes for Speedy Resolution of Mining Disputes

    June 22, 2020—The Asia Cement Corporation issued a press release today promising to consult the indigenous peoples and obtain their consent to the company’s mining rights in accordance with the Indigenous Peoples Basic Law. The Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) is hopeful that a consensus between the company and the indigenous peoples could be on the horizon. According to the CIP, the Asia Cement Corporation was granted a 20-year extension of its mining rights at Taroko by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, a decision that angered the residents of Bsngan community, who argued that local indigenous peoples should be consulted on the decision pursuant to the Indigenous Peoples Basic Law. However, the current Mining Act and its related enforcement rules do not contain any stipulations that require the consent of indigenous peoples for the extension of mining rights. CIP Minister Icyang Parod commended Asia Cement Corporation for implementing the informed consent procedure even as efforts to amend the Mining Act are still under way. Mr. Icyang hopes that the company will continue to work with local indigenous communities to resolve the dispute. Contact: Lowking Tasaw (specialist) Telephone: (02) 8995-3300