Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It’s also been ten years since the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples making this year’s observances a major reconciliation milestone.
Read the UN’s press release and their backgrounder marking the day: On International Day, United Nations marks 10th anniversary of Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
And please use the hashtags #WeAreIndigenous and #IndigenousDay on social media.
— Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas) August 9, 2017
Did you know?
- The world’s estimated 370 million Indigenous people, living across 90 countries, speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.
- The international community has come to recognize that special measures are required to protect the rights of Indigenous people and their distinct cultures and ways of life. 2017 is the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007.
- UNDRIP is the most comprehensive international instrument relating to the rights of Indigenous peoples. It embodies a global consensus on the rights of Indigenous peoples and establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for their survival, dignity and well-being.