Uniting Indigenous Peoples
Universal symbol of ethnic diversity, independence, solidarity, strength and unity recognized among indigenous peoples and non-indigenous ethnicities around the world. The International Indigenous Unity Flag (IIU Flag) or Indigenous Unity Flag has been flown for indigenous cultural gatherings as a welcome sign for festivals and gatherings between different tribal groups in Africa, Canada, India, Nepal, Mexico, South America, Sweden. Australia, the United States and more.
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The International Indigenous Unity Flag
Welcome to the website for the Indigenous Unity Flag. In 2017 the flag reached its status as an internationally recognized symbol of unity and was recognized in the appreciation of Indigenous culture with over 1000 flags worldwide on six of the seven continents. Today the symbol has become the standard in dozens of indigenous tribal communities in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia representing their heritage as earth's natives. In 2014, flags were distributed diplomatically in person to indigenous tribal nations as gifts where they are kept for special occasions and observances. Flying the International Indigenous Unity Flag has become a statement of non-indigenous civil society in support of indigenous activism, to demonstrate mutual sentiment and create spiritual solidarity with one or more indigenous nations.
Used in Education and Indigenous Philanthropy
There is quite a story behind the flag and has been used by school teachers in Canada and the United States in lesson plans discussing the circles and the representative colors. In 2022 the Indigenous Unity Flag Foundation Project was advanced by the artist of the flag, the Honorable Michael L. Sher who is a quantum member of First Nations living in Thornhill, Ontario to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his work.
Col. Michael Sher will continue to provide 2'x3' flags to Facebook page followers that contact him directly for $100 USD postpaid to the US and Canada (international shipping available) for those who donate directly to the foundation to encourage indigenous philanthropy which he strongly supports. The artist now licenses his common law copyrighted work under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA, this basically means that others can make copies of his work, modify the work, but may not reproduce his work for any commercial purposes or non-commercial distribution without a personal or corporate license from the foundation or a personal endorsement from the artist. All those who use the image online should tag, credit and attribute to the "Indigenous Unity Flag by Artist Michael Sher" or if using the flag in a photo, the Wikipedia image, or a Facebook post to credit the item "Photo compliments of the Indigenous Unity Foundation".
Licensing fees are now applied as donations to the foundation project to encourage others to use the symbol philanthropically to further empower Indigenous sovereignty, respect Indigenous rights to self-determination and create sustainable economies based on preservation of our natural heritage as Indigenous peoples. The licensing fees for commercial use range from $250 to $5,000 per year, currently only the Adivasi (ethnic group) are licensed to reproduce a modified version of the flag for sale and fundraising in India during festival weeks under a special agreement negotiated with the artist.
Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Ideals and Influence
In 2021 the flag was nominated by Globcal International as the "Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Culture" winning a small technology grant for being an "appropriate concept in its time and moment addressing Indigenous justice, the environment and our future as people sharing a living planet" subsequently it was recognized by the Goodwill Ambassador Commission when it was listed as a "symbol for good-will and unity among indigenous nations and all people." To further project the image of the flag representative of both diversity and unity we began to establish a foundation with Globcal International in 2018. Now in 2022 the foundation we started represents one of many programs of Ecology Crossroads aimed at protecting and restoring ecosystems within native peoples territories.
Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation is a registered non-profit charitable organization founded in 1994, located in Kentucky that is both focused on empowered Indigenous philanthropy and protecting the natural environment. The organization based in the United States will be instrumental in helping us extend our reach, produce more flags and ensure that funds we raise with the Indigenous Unity Foundation Program provide benefits to plant trees, distribute more flags as well as, protect and recover indigenous territory lost to governments, corporations and private interests, all sponsors of the foundation will be prominently recognized.
About Our FlagOur flag was developed as a symbol of unity for indigenous heritage around the world, to represent the universal cosmological spiritualism among all those who possess indigeneity with their nations, language, folklore, history and with the planet earth. Raising our flag anywhere on the planet shows solidarity toward the preservation of traditions, customs and cultures of indigenous peoples no matter where they live in the world. The flag has been recognized as a politically neutral symbol of indigenous rights activism.
Indigenous Unity FoundationThe Indigenous Unity Foundation Program promotes the ideals of solidarity, sovereignty, and unity among Native Americans, Amerindians, Aboriginal, and other native peoples who possess their cultural indigeneity. We could not save ourselves or stop the despair of the past 500 years, but we can still protect those cultures. languages and peoples that remain.
Moments from an Unfolding Exciting History
May Peace Prevail on Earth International has recently included the Indigenous Unity Flag in their World Peace Flag Ceremony, which was created in 1983, and has been in every major city throughout the world. At the African Union in Ethiopia, in 2018, the Indigenous Unity Flag was denoted as the Indigenous Unity Flag of the world and was raised in prayer at the end of the ceremony.
Later the same year, during the 83rd birthday celebration of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, in New York City, spiritual leaders were present. First Nations Chief Avrol Looking Horse was awarded the (World Peace Through Compassion) Award. The celebration was concluded with Chief Avrol Looking Horse gifted the Indigenous Unity Flag at the end of the Prayer ceremony.
One of the greatest moments that we took notice of is when Rigoberta Menchu, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, inspired youth and carried the Indigenous Unity Flag to the center of the circle surrounded by 200 youth carrying the flags of all nations at the Youth Leadership Conference in Colorado on May 16, 2019. May Peace Prevail on Earth will continue to present the Indigenous Unity Flag at the end of every prayer during the World Peace Flag Ceremonies. May Peace Be In All Indigenous Nations.
Currently, the Indigenous Unity Foundation is teaming up with the Global Unity Network. The network consists of Unity Network Local Chapters, starting in the least developed countries. UnityNet Africa is formalizing the promotion of the Indigenous Unity Flag across the continent.
The International Indigenous Unity Flag (Indigenous Unity Flag) was designed as a universal cultural symbol for the perfect world in peace in all its geographical, human, and ecological diversity. It is universal because every indigenous culture interprets the design and identifies with it as a symbol that represents diverse communities and native traditions.
There are many flags we like that behold strong statements in their idealism. We discovered in offering our flag that it gave people a feeling for hope, peace, and a Utopian worldview, encompassing the visions of most indigenous communities today that live in rural areas which still embrace tradition and their native cultures.
How to Order a Flag
The Official Indigenous Unity Flag is not available in stores, it can only be acquired directly from the artist or by ordering online here on this website. The flag is not available commercially except through the Indigenous Unity Foundation.
First Nations Chief Avrol Looking Horse awarded the (World Peace Through Compassion) Award during the 83rd birthday celebration of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, in New York City. The celebration was concluded with Chief Avrol Looking Horse gifted the Indigenous Unity Flag at the end of the Prayer ceremony.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum, waving the Indigenous Unity Flag. Rigoberta Menchu Tum received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 in recognition of her work for social justice and ethnocultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples.
New Partnerships and Updated Website
We registered our new domain name two years ago in an effort to consolidate volunteer agendas, social media and programs that promote the use of our flag as a symbol and an informal uniform social contract of non-state unity (brotherhood) with their like-minded fellows, our hopes are to use the flag to develop and continue to foster goodwill by and for indigenous peoples all around the world. Many have connected the flag also with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Initiatives, this is great.
The newly updated website is IndigenousUnityFlag.com, it now includes includes, Home Page, Flag Use Protocol, News about Indigenous Issues 24hrs, a Blog & Catalog which is under development once again. We would like to include our Youtube page on our website as well. The new WebSite will be developed using Google's G-Suite and be emulated by the Indigenous Unity Foundation. The website was being developed using American English and became available for translation into many languages using Google Translate while navigating with Chrome.