International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was created to draw attention to the problems of indigenous communities. This holiday is relevant for many countries whose government pursued a policy of expansion. It is designed to enhance the visibility of indigenous peoples and their traditions and culture.
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was established in 1994 as a result of a UN decision. It marked the intensification of the course towards improving the living conditions of indigenous peoples and a fuller recognition of their freedoms and rights. Every year, this event is timed to coincide with many events dedicated to the urgent problems of indigenous peoples in the world.
The period from 2005 to 2015 was declared the Decade of Indigenous Communities, which allowed significant progress in addressing specific issues.
- In the United States, indigenous people make up 1,6% of the total population. The largest number is concentrated in California.
- Native Americans were only declared US citizens in 1924.
- In Mexico, the proportion of the indigenous population is 21%, and in Australia – 2,7%
How to take part
Research information about the indigenous peoples of your country. Familiarize yourself with their history and culture – it is usually very interesting. Read about their beliefs, customs and rituals, life and language. If you have a lot of enthusiasm, you can try to learn one of these languages. This is extremely relevant in the modern world, since many languages are dying out.
Find out if there is anything you can do to help indigenous people in your country. If you have friends among them, express your support and respect to them.
When is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People celebrated in 2023?
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on August 9 each year.