The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.
According to the United Nations, there are approximately 400 million Indigenous people worldwide, making up more than 5,000 distinct tribes. Together we are one of the largest minority groups in the world, spanning over 90 countries. While Indigenous Peoples total only about 6% of the world’s population, we represent 90% of the cultural diversity.
The International Day of the World's Indigenous People, celebrated each year on 9 August, marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Read more: http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/
--- Who Are Indigenous Peoples: http://www.firstpeoples.org/who-are-indigenous-peoples
--- Indigenous peoples, Indigenous voice: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/5session_factsheet1.pdf
--- Indigenous people in Brazil contacted for the first time — with bananas. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/31/indigenous-people-in-brazil-contacted-for-the-first-time-with-bananas/
--- Indigenous Issues. http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/
--- Mexico's Indigenous Population. https://www.culturalsurvival.org/ourpublications/csq/article/mexicos-indigenous-population
--- Message on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. http://reddemujeresindgenas.blogspot.com/2014/08/message-on-occasion-of-international.HTML
--- International day. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/international-day-of-the-worlds-indigenous-people-2014/
--- Peru's Indegenous Population. http://www.equaltimes.org/peru-indigenous-peoples-threatened?lang=en#.U-ZUtWd0zIU