UIC defines Urban Native as an Indigenous person of the North, Central, and South Americas, Caribbean and Pacific Islands who is living in an urban area.
Driving the inclusion of Urban Natives by indigenizing existing infrastructures and ensuring cultural humility in health and wellness services to build more equitable, inclusive, and prosperous communities.
UIC supports access to culturally-tailored health and wellness services for self-identified Indigenous peoples in Lenapehoking and the greater NYC area (NY, NJ, CT, PA) through community-based participatory research, advocacy, community programming, and direct services.
UIC envisions a world where the rights of Indigenous Peoples and sovereignty are acknowledged and respected with cultural humility. We will model continuous consent and free prior and informed consent and consultation as protocol in each of our programming areas. Working holistically with traditional knowledge keepers and western medicine will enhance the overall mental and physical well-being of our urban Indigenous Community. We see a world where Urban Natives are visible in all spaces and will have access to culturally appropriate resources to support, heal, and live healthy lives.
In honor of Giving Tuesday we are calling on community and allies to help support us in giving back to Urban Natives, through our programming and community center, and MMIP Taskforce work.