Today, we commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People which was declared to be celebrated on August 9th by the United Nations General Assembly on December 23rd, 1994. This day indigenous people around the world are encouraged to amplify their voices, teach young people to continue using their own language, and celebrate their heritage and culture. Their population is about 370 million people in over 90 countries.
“Indigenous communities represent about 5% of the world’s population, but make up the 15% of the world’s extremely poor citizens.” For hundreds of years, indigenous people around the world have faced different challenges due to a lack of understanding in their rituals, clothing, and spirituality. Struggles are still part of their day-to-day life. Unfortunately, many countries and governments decide to ignore the situation.
This day is an important reminder to young indigenous boys and girls that their heritage is valuable. It is crucial to recognize their contribution to the societies and culture in general. We also commemorate the leaders who continue to fight in preserving natural resources, animals, rain forests, rivers, and soil.
Their deep connection with nature makes them crucial for the fight against climate change, and to achieve the sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda. Hundreds of leaders and activists continue promoting human rights in their communities who seek justice for those who have faced inequality on the basis of their upbringing. They risk their lives to protect their heritage.
This day is an important reminder to young indigenous boys and girls that their heritage is valuable.
The commemoration day is important to make people aware of such a lifestyle. Learning about indigenous communities is important to understand where we come from and where we are heading to. We can start the search for knowledge in our own countries, nearest communities, and tribes of indigenous peoples because the best way to learn is to listen to the stories from the primary source.
Galaxy4Peace is promoting respect for different cultures, tribes, and communities. We understand the value of people and how knowledge can prevent conflict in indigenous villages. We also celebrate the heritage, languages, and cultures, and promote empathy for all.
Today, we celebrate indigenous people and hope for a better future for them and future generations. – Cristina Osorio