INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD'S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE - August 9

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples - August 9

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Each year on August 9, people around the globe observe International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Furthermore, people gather on this day to bring awareness to world issues concerning indigenous people, respectively. In addition, this day also recognizes the achievements and contributions of indigenous people in our society.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People first began by the introduction of a UN Resolution.  With intentions to raise awareness about indigenous groups, UN Resolution 49/214 became a reality on December 23, 1994.  As a result, August 9 will forever be a reminder of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations.

Indigenous people make up about 5 percent of the world’s population. Interestingly, there is an estimate of 370 million indigenous people living across 90 countries. Unfortunately, this group of people also make up at least 15 percent of the poorest people on earth.  Indigenous people fight for survival, partially due to maintaining the preservation of their cultural heritage.  Incidentally, it’s the unique cultural practices and language set indigenous people apart from mainstream nationalities.

Of course, a few of the most famous indigenous cultures known are those found in the Amazon and Alaska.  However, there are over 5,000 indigenous groups located around the world, respectively.  Frequently, indigenous groups attract curious spectators to make contact.  Unfortunately, contact of many indigenous tribes leads to disease and death.

HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalDayOfTheWorldsIndigenousPeoples

There are several things to do on International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.  Attending an indigenous community event in your area is a great way to celebrate. While you’re there, enjoy the many artists, musicians, and food available.  If you prefer the academic approach, study contributions made by indigenous people towards to medicine and science, along with arts and humanities.  Learning history and customs is always a great way to educate yourself. Above all, help raise awareness on the preservation of indigenous customs and languages.

This year, the UN theme is Indigenous Languages. Join the discussion on how to help preserve languages of all indigenous people across the world.  Share your experiences and support for all indigenous groups on social media using #InternationalDayOftheWorldsIndigenousPeoples.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE HISTORY

Coupled with UN Resolution 49/214, #InternationaldayOfTheWorldsIndigenousPeoples became a reality on December 23, 1994.Though the theme of the day changes annually, the day is always celebrated on August 9.