Indigenous Peoples

Resource Kit on Indigenous People's Issues

The United Nations and several of its departments, including the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), have published the Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples Issues. The Kit is aimed at UN Country Teams (UNCTs) and other development agents, providing them with guidance as to how to engage Indigenous Peoples and include their perspectives in development processes.

Study Guide: The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples

University of Minnesota Human Rights Resource Center

AIM-WEST: American Indian Movement West

AIM-WEST contains a spirit of resistance to colonization, respect for traditional knowledge and self-determination, and a commitment to inter-tribalism. Among the objectives of AIM-WEST is to raise awareness on issues that concern or impact upon Indians of the Americas on a daily basis ranging from racism in sports and public schools, to protection of sacred sites, mining and water contamination, youth and the rights of the child, honor and respect for treaties and agreements, political prisoners, police brutality, immigration and militarization of the borders, climate change, and green economy conversion for sustainable futures, including implementation of the recent adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. AIM-WEST addresses issues implicit in international laws and standards related to human rights, the environment, and promotes and show-cases cultural and traditional events to complement the diversity of Indigenous Peoples representative from throughout the Americas and Pacific region. The long range goal of AIM-WEST is to also consider development of a long over-due community multi-purpose cultural center for all Indigenous peoples of the Americas to share, and established in San Francisco.

Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People

The most recent assessment by the United Nations of progress being made with regard to Indigenous Peoples; also a look at how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is perceived and included into the report, among other interesting reading.

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Download the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (pdf)

Adopted by General Assembly Resolution 61/295 on 13 September 2007 article (September 12, 2008)

"One year after the UN General Assembly approved the Declaration on Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Britain and four of its former colonies have not shaken off their reputation as leading opponents of tribal peoples' rights..."

Obama backs UN indigenous rights declaration (Reuters, December 16, 2010)

President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was giving a belated US endorsement to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, drawing hearty applause from a gathering of Native Americans.