|Participants at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, held at the UN Headquarters in September 2014.|
Image Courtesy of Yubi Hoffman, the United Nations, and Indian Country Today.
Duane Champaign, of Indian Country Today, has written a thoughtful article about the importance of respecting a diverse range of cultures, traditions, and histories.
"Indigeneity is not expressed as a common identity, culture, or government. There is no common indigenous identity, culture, or government. Indigenous Peoples want to express their own specific cultures and identities. There is no common indigenous identity, there are a large number of indigenous identities. The common cause that unites contemporary Indigenous Peoples at the international level is the result of similar threats from nation states that do not fully recognize indigenous claims to land, self-government, culture, and other indigenous rights."
For more information,
- The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
- Ratified Document (PDF)
- UN Member States Reaffirm Commitment to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at First World Conference (PDF)
- World Conference Outcome Document: States Win
- Indian Country Today, September 27, 2014.
- World Conference Takes Concrete Action to Benefit Indigenous Peoples
- November 6, 2014.
- Open Letter to Haudenosaunee
- August 21, 2014.
- United Nations, Indigenous Organizations Prepare for World Conference
- August 6, 2014.
- Preserving Indigenous Democracy
- February 27, 2014.