ICANN61 Hosts Global Indigenous Ambassadors in Puerto Rico

PUERTO RICO – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) welcomed Global Indigenous Ambassadors Lillian Ivette De Luque Bruges and Chyloe Healy representing indigenous nations and peoples at the 61st ICANN Conference in Puerto Rico, March 10 –15, 2018.

De Luque Bruges comes from the Wayuu people of Colombia and is a social communicator and journalist in the city of Bogota. Healy, is a member of the Kainai First Nation in Southern Alberta, Canada The Kainai have the largest land mass within Canada and are principles of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Chyloe who resides in Calgary, is a data analyst at the Alberta First Nations Governance Centre. Former Ambassador, Geoffrey Blackwell, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Chairman of the Native Public Media Board is serving as a mentor for the two new Ambassadors.

“Hesci! (Muscogee exclamation of happy greetings) ICANN’s Global Indigenous Ambassador program is a wonderful and important way for ICANN to involve indigenous newcomers in an international forum of Internet governance. The inclusion of Indigenous peoples’ perspectives and experiences contributes a great deal to the diversity of ICANN. It is a deep honor to serve as Chyloe and Lillian’s program mentor for ICANN61. These two energetic and dedicated women are deeply involved in solving the Internet needs and issues in their communities. In Puerto Rico, we have learned that our respective hometowns and families share many internet issues in common. Among these are shared digital divide needs, common concerns of privacy and security in IT management, language preservation, and cultural and intellectual property protection,” states Blackwell.