A delegation of Wapikoni participants comprised of Melissa Mollen Dupuis, Lina Gunn and Jani Bellefleur Kaltush accompanied by the filmmaker mentor François Laurent, went to New York from September 20th to 24th to participate in the Global March against climate changes and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014, which took place at the UN.
Indigenous peoples from around the world gathered at these two events and during two days at the United Nations to promote the implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The Wapikoni delegation has witnessed the adoption of the outcome document of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly know as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, reafirming the commitment to implement their rights and to promote the achievement of development goals internationally.
This journey to New York put an end to the project "Leaders in Action", a pilot project to prevent drug abuse and crime among Aboriginal youth at risk, in collaboration with the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) and funded by Public Safety Canada. This project began in November 2011 and operated for 3 years in 4 targeted communities.