Did you know there are over 5,000 Indigenous Peoples and Nations in the world? Together, they speak more than 4,000 of the nearly 7,000 languages that are still used today.
Their territories cover about 20 percent of the earth’s surface, overlapping many of the world’s remaining areas of biological diversity. Their bio-cultural heritage plays an important role in the protection of this diversity and the ecosystems that house it.
Despite the apparent social and political advances of civilization, the world’s Indigenous Peoples continue to experience great challenges at the hands of a diverse range or armed and unarmed actors including governments, corporations, and non-governmental organizations. Displacement, the loss of access to natural resources and human rights abuses are a frequent occurrence. As a result, Indigenous Peoples are being dragged to extinction in many parts of the world.
However, Indigenous Peoples aren’t accepting the “zero future” that is being handed to them. They are struggling to protect their lands, revitalize their languages, defend their bio-cultural resources and hold accountable those who would seek to violate their most basic rights.
Here at IC we strive to provide all Indigenous Peoples with an opportunity to reach the international community and to tell their own stories without intermediaries.
Since 2004, these are the Indigenous Peoples and Nations we have spotlighted.