Avexnim Cojti (Maya K’iche’) is director of Programs at Cultural Survival,a non-profit that advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination. Avex is from Chuwila, Guatemala, and is a sociologist and a Maya calendar ancient knowledge keeper in her community.
She has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of immigration and multiculturalism, Indigenous community development, and Indigenous rights. She holds a degree in Indigenous Government Studies from the Institute of Indigenous Government in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto with a focus on Indigenous Health Systems. Most of her experience is in managing or delivering programs and projects that aim to support self-determination and rights of Indigenous communities globally. Avex formerly served as the program manager for the Community Media and Indigenous Rights Radio Programs. She has represented Cultural Survival at international fora and United Nations meetings, advocating for Indigenous rights, and continues to enjoy her work in radio production on Indigenous issues for cultural survival.