Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On April 25, 2017, the UN celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “Indigenous peoples are equal to all other peoples” and they “contribute to the diversity and richness of civilization and cultures, which constitute the common heritage of humankind.” They have a right to self-determination (Art. 3). Indigenous peoples have the “right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture” (Art. 8.1). During this time of eco-biological crisis, the manner in which indigenous peoples understand the universe and the place of the human within the web of nature can provide orientations toward healing the planet.

To read the Declaration in English: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf

To read the Declaration in other languages, click here.

(Photo R. Dueweke. Bear Mountain PowWow, New York, 2016. Native American with Augustinian candidate Enrique Vasquez of the Dominican Republic.)

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