Ma. Easterluna Canoy
POSITION AND AFFILIATION DURING THE PROGRAM:
Executive Director, Kitanglad Integrated NGOs (KIN)
ARTICULATED VISION DURING THE PROGRAM:
Rights-based promotion of Indigenous Peoples' Welfare in Bukidnon
“The [Fellowship] is a timely invitation to NGO practitioners looking for wider opportunities to scale up their learnings and skills, and to contribute significantly in healing the historical wounds that have put the IPs in the periphery of national life.”
Easterluna Canoy has been personally involved in the cause of indigenous peoples (IPs) since 1986, starting as an NGO Volunteer assigned to immerse with the Subanes in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur. Her expertise in working with and for the IPs has been formed from then on through her work experiences with various organizations such as the Mindanao Tribal Resource Center (MINTREC) in Butuan City, the Research Institute for Mindanao Culture (RIMCU) in Xavier University, the Environmental Research Division (ERD) of the Ateneo de Manila, and the Green Mindanao Association. Today, she is the Executive Director of the Kitanglad Integrated NGOs, Inc. (KIN), a consortium of NGOs and Peoples’ Organizations involved in upland and IP community welfare, where she has contributed to the completion of pioneering endeavors such as the passage of Mt. Kitanglad Range Protected Area Act (RA 8978), the accomplishment of census and registration of Protected Area Occupants, the formation of Kitanglad Guards Volunteers, and the organization of 76 Peoples’ Organizations of the Talaandig-Higaonon-Bukidnon indigenous communities.
Canoy holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the Ateneo de Manila University and has written and co-written numerous research papers with regard to her work as an IP advocate.