Mission Statement

The Working Circle Indians of North America (AKIN) is primarily dedicated to promote the human rights of North America’s Indigenous Peoples.

Through political engagement AKIN is contributing to improve the legal situation of Indigenous Peoples, particularly their right to self-determination.

AKINs activities are based on personal contacts and direct coordination with indigenous representatives from the USA as well as from Canada. In addition, a network with similar European NGO’s – primarily from Germany, Switzerland and France – has been established in order to increase effectivity.

Joint lobbying at the international level such as within the United Nations system and affiliated organizations like the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is AKIN’s core issue.

Furthermore, still dominant clichés and stereotypes have to be replaced through serious information.

As a matter of respect, AKIN solely mentions spirituality if it is related to political activism, coordinated with affected Indigenous Peoples‘ representatives and consented by them.

Being a human rights organization, AKIN emphatically supports, promotes and insists on the political, cultural and economic self-determination of Indigenous Peoples. It strictly opposes and condemns any commercialization of Indigenous Peoples‘ cultural heritage, particularly the esoteric exploitation of Indigenous Peoples‘ spirituality.

Together with like-minded human rights organizations on indigenous peoples, AKIN has compiled a set of common principles on which all support work is based on.

 

Weekly Meetings:

Every Monday, from 08.00 pm on , WUK (Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus), Währinger Straße 59, A-1090 Vienna, AKN-Room, Staircase Nr. 5