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About the Chairperson


Acting chairperson : Bakan Pawan

Chairperson’s Words
Place-making and Reappearance of the Original Charm for the Indigenous Peoples in Taipei City

Indigenous Peoples Commission, Taipei City Government, was founded on March 16, 1996. It’s the first government organization officially rectifying its name in Taiwan, playing a crucial role with the historical meaning in the modern development of the indigenous communities. It also means that the phenomenon and care for the urban indigenous peoples have become an important element in tnational policies. In terms of culture, education, economic establishment, and social welfare, they all focus on how to enhance the urban indigenous peoples’ life and reinforce the ethnic cultural heritage, to propose the creative political thinking and action, and to further affect the national policies for the extended scope of execution.
Friendly diversity, digital information, industrial innovation, long-care implementation, and green city are the orientations the municipal administration has been promoting and expecting the citizens to feel the changes. However, regarding the policies on urban indigenous people, we will also extend and adjust the existing policies and accordingly present the new-style administration. Creativity and innovation are the advantages of Taipei City. As a city where many indigenous talents gather, we should present new policies to keep up with the new times so that urban indigenous peoples can enjoy the benefits of the political innovation. Therefore, in the future four years, with the topic of “Place-making and Reappearance of the Original Charm for the Indigenous Peoples in Taipei City,” we will expand the administration to build the new life circle in Taipei City where indigenous peoples will live happily, young people will find a satisfactory job, old people will enjoy a healthy life, and our culture will shine.
The concept of “Indigenous Place-making in Taipei City” not only responds to “The Starting Year of Place-making in Taiwan,” proposed by the Executive Yuan in 2019. Many government resources will plunge into and promote the development of place-making through this project. The so-called place-making is the integration of creativity, innovation, and starting a business. It is hoped to break the imbalance between the development of the cities and that of the country. However, as most of the indigenous peoples have in fact migrated to the urban area, the indigenous communities also start to think about how to ask for more budgets to promote place-making so that many tribal people in Taipei City may have the chance for the “indigenous urban place-making” to develop cultural creativity, to innovate cultural traditions and to chase after the dream of starting a business. Maybe some will question where the foundation for place-making is in Taipei City without any traditional indigenous communities.
There are nearly three thousand indigenous college students studying in Taipei City. Many of these young students full of energy and new thought will return to their hometowns after graduation. However, it can’t be denied that most of them will stay and seek for chances. These are the new power for the future development of the indigenous peoples. Besides, thirty years ago, the indigenous people coming to the city to work hard for years were also nourished by the tribal culture and endowed with the identification with their mother culture. They are the indispensable first-line promoters of indigenous culture in the urban area, endeavoring to play the role of cultural heritage. They can be seen in many courses of indigenous languages, on the performing stages of tribal music and dance, and at the workshops of traditional skills.
Accordingly, in terms of the concept of new indigenous policies of Taipei City, we will redefine the meaning of “place-making.” Beside keeping the axis of creativity, innovation, and starting a business, what is more important is to transform indigenous culture into a valuable industry so that the indigenous citizens can get rewards through cultural marketing, live a happy life, and enjoy a satisfactory career. In this way, young people will also treat their culture as a treasure and be more willing to learn actively and pass it down. In Taipei City, we have the UTIC to provide various courses, an innovative on-line indigenous language learning platform, abundant training resources for starting a business, complete social welfare and care system, the indigenous chorus, holiday childcare activities in traditional languages, service programs for the elderly, a cultural exhibition space at the Katagalan Culture Center, and a marketing platform at the Indigenous Cultural Center. In the future, we will develop the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Park and establish Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation. These are both our advantages and the foundation for place-making. Let us move forward together for “Indigenous Place-making in Taipei City” to make the “Reappearance of the Original Charm for the Indigenous Peoples” and enable Taipei City to become a more multi-cultural friendly advanced city.